Business On Wheels-An Ice Cream Truck
I remember that when I first came up with the idea of running an ice cream truck business, I was discouraged by the erroneous assumption that the associated start-up costs (truck, equipment, and inventory) were my budget would make impossible. However, after some research on the different options, I discovered that this was not the case – in fact, there are many options that make getting started easy and affordable! Here are two things anyone who thinks about buying an ice cream truck and learning a business on wheels needs to know:
First and foremost, you do not have to buy your truck directly – to be honest, I would not suggest buying a vehicle in less, you are bound to make this a long-term venture. If you want to buy your truck then Craigslist is a good starting point. With a bit of digging and stamina, you can find some really great deals by browsing the site from your area. If you stick with it, you should be able to find a truck that will not refund you more than $ 3000- $ 5000.
The second mistake that many people often make is the idea that ice cream trucks are all built for the purpose. The truth is that very few of these trucks were built for selling ice. Most of them, including my own, are just converted trucks and vans. Rebuilding a truck or van is a relatively simple process. All you really need is a side window and your freezer is bolted to the body of the vehicle and you’re ready to go. It’s probably best for a professional to do the conversion for you, but if you’re mechanically inclined and have the right tools, it’s definitely a project you can do yourself.
If you are looking hard enough, you should be able to find a used van for less than $ 1,000. Set up in another $ 1,000 at least for a cold plate frog and a few hundred more for installing your serving window and buying color to paint your truck.