How to Open an Ice Cream Store or Stand Shop

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How to Open an Ice Cream Store or Stand Shop
An ice cream business is something that can be done on a seasonal basis. (ice cream sign image by Christopher Nolan from Fotolia.com)

Opening an ice cream stand has a lot of advantages. It is a business that requires a low investment. Operating the business from a trailer or van is ideal and doesn't cost a lot. Running the business part time is an option so you can continue to keep your current job while building this business. The business is also mobile so you can move wherever business is greater, such as fairs, beaches or other events.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Trailer or van
  • Business License
  • Bond

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Visit your local health department to learn the rules and regulations for selling ice cream.

  2. 2

    Obtain a business license at the county courthouse.

  3. 3

    Check with the county you'll be selling in and see if it is required that you obtain a bond and health certificate. Every city has different rules and regulations.

  4. 4

    Purchase or rent a van that you can use to sell your ice cream from. Purchase the ice cream you will sell wholesale.

  5. 5

    Map out and plan the areas you will target for your route.

  6. 6

    Decide on a bookkeeping system that you will implement to keep track of your money.

Tips and warnings

  • Renting a van is a good idea when you are starting up your business.

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