Some say you can never go wrong in the food industry, because no matter what else happens, people still need to eat. But running a business based on edible products presents a unique set of problems. In five-star restaurants and fancy hotels, patrons pay premium for the experience. Some customer prefer never to order the same dish twice. And a lot of the time, they don’t much care what they eat, as long as it’s good.
For casual dining though, consistency is key. Each dish has to taste exactly the same each time you make it. Because people aren’t as novel in their tastes as one might expect. Many eaters have a favorite restaurant and a handful of meals we like, so they may purchase the same four or five menu items regularly, day after day, week after week, year after year. And if it tastes different just once, they may never come back. After all, they went to that spot with certain expectations. If they aren’t met, it defeats the purpose.
Another challenge is freshness. If certain ingredients are even slightly off, it could cause upset stomachs or even serious health problems.
Meals on wheels
In addition to saving money on rent, another advantage of a mobile kitchen is the broader business opportunities that it affords. You can select a busy corporate spot for weekday office lunches. On the weekend, you can move to a park or leisure venue. And you can supplement your income by attending outdoor concerts, fairs, and festivals.
Paying the easy way
While the advantages are numerous, one drawback is that a typical food truck is on the smaller side, with the limited space crammed with cooktops, ingredients, and staff. This can make it challenging to squeeze in a cash register, safe, or receipting system. In addition to taking up too much room, handling cash can also present a potential hygiene issue. If you let customers pay by credit card, it makes things easier, because you don’t have to worry about making change, or issuing gummy coins or food-stained notes. You also won’t have to worry about accepting counterfeit currency or getting robbed of your profits by a violent criminal.
If you choose the right payment processor, you will be able to choose from a variety of mobile options for accepting credit cards from your food truck, so you can get the solution that is right for you, from mobile terminals to smartphone software to online solutions that let customers pay you from their own smartphones (and even order ahead).
For more information on credit card processing for your mobile food truck, or to sign up for a merchant account, please call (888) 924-2743 or go to Charge.com.