How do I Start A Food Stand Business?

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How do I Start A Food Stand Business?
Food stands sell foods of all kinds at big events. (food image by brijesh gurnani from

Start a food stand business to share your love of food and desire to be a business owner with hungry customers. A food stand operator sells items such as hamburgers, candyfloss, sodas and all types of items from a busy location. If you have a strong desire to run your own company, cook for others quite often and know how to manage your money, open a food stand business in your city.

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  1. 1

    Write down the food items you plan to sell at your location. Think about the foods you make that people often request. Sell these the types of products at your food stand. You will need to differentiate your company from the other food stands, so offer a staple dish to build a reputation. For example, if you cook boiled peanuts well, call yourself the "Peanut King" of your town. Think about the community you serve, your competition, whether you plan to have a fixed or mobile location, and build a good reputation.

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    Find a vendor from which to buy your food items. Look at the various businesses that offer food at cheap rates in your area. Interview a few vendors until you find a company that offers cheap prices, good quality food and fast service. You will also find other things you need at large wholesale warehouses such as mustard, ketchup and buns or bread. Remember to use your food quickly or store it in a big freezer you buy to avoid expiration date issues.

  3. 3

    Figure out the type of license you will need. Phone the Department of Health or the Ddepartment of Food Services in your local county to ask the type of license your business requires. These rules depend on the jurisdiction where you operate.

  4. 4

    Advertise in unique ways. Take advantage of fads in your section of the country. For example, in California, gourmet food trucks travel to different parts of a city and drive traffic to a web site to get new customers.

  5. 5

    Place your stand at places where the multitudes gather. However, you need to make sure you operate in places where your competition does not exist. Make it your goal to have no other food stands in your area and your customers will have to come to you when they want to eat. Make sure that no zoning restrictions or local laws that prohibit vendors exist before you decide on a location.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask your friends or members of your family to work with you at your stand and offer them a share of your profits. This will help your business to run in a smoother fashion.

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