If you are just getting started, the following list contains basic items you will need:
The owner of "Wich, Please" raised nearly $30,000 in startup funds for the food truck through the entrepreneurial website Kickstarter. Depending on how people pledged, backers received items such as bumper stickers, Twitter shout-outs, free sandwiches, and permission to cut to the front of the line at the sandwich truck.
7-Ways to Fund a Food Truck - Great article related to funding a new mobile food business
Best generator info found here.
Getting Your Food Truck Approved for Business in Washington
Our first recommendation is to research the viability of your food truck business based on the county in which you first choose to get permitted. Mobile Food Vending in Seattle is a helpful resource guide distributed by the Restaurant Success program site.
The basic requirements to operate a mobile street-food unit:
Labor and Industry Approval/Insignia
Health Department or District Approval
· Obtain an Annual Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) Permit For Food Vending (in Seattle)
· Check with your city Fire Department or Regional Fire Authority if an initial safety inspection and/or permit is required.
Vending “in the public right of way” requires a street-use permit from Department of Transportation or the City Planning Department.
o In Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/stuse_vend.htm; the various types of vending permits are listed there. (Permit Application including three sets of your site plans with dimensions of vending unit.)
Regarding Mobile Catering:
Check the city license requirements as each are different.
If you are vending in another county temporarily, you will only need their temporary permit. Some cities only require a general business license if you operate there more than a few days. Some cities require both a general business license and a mobile food license (obviously we are against this and are working on code changes around the state, hello 281 cities!) Regarding taxes, you will want to record the city tax code (http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/salesandusetaxrates/lookupataxrate/) where you cater if that city did require a license.
Local Bookkeeping Service:
Contact: Alhasha McLean
Operations support, Bookkeeping, Invoicing, Accounts Payable/Receivable
Administrative support, Public Relations, Social Media management
Process & Procedure development, Payroll, Reconciling & Reporting
When figuring out your daily cost to vend at a particular location, be sure to include: your taxes, insurance, depreciation, overhead, travel time, propane, consumables/packaging, vending fees, credit card fees and fuel in addition to your food costs and labor (including prep and clean-up
time). You have to include all these things to get your true cost.
Find a VERY helpful costing spreadhseet here: