How to start a mobile juice bar

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Busy people looking for a way to increase their fruit and vegetable count are turning to nutrient-packed juices and smoothies to supplement their diet. This is great news for entrepreneurs looking to jump on this increasingly popular trend.

Starting a mobile juice bar could prove extremely lucrative, due to its low overhead costs and start-up fees.

Find a prime location for your mobile juice bar. Ain for high visibility and convenient access. Prime locations for a cart or kiosk include shopping centres, offices, hospitals, hotels, colleges, athletic clubs, government buildings, airports, supermarkets and large department stores. You may also set up a juice van outside community centres, tourist attractions, beaches or shopping centres. Write a business plan identifying how much traffic you expect to bring in. Present this to owners and property managers when selling your mobile juice bar idea.

Create a clever name for your juice bar. Then register your business with your local council (you'll need food safety certificates and a street trading licence) and HM Revenue and Customers. Your van will also need to meet health regulations.

Familiarise yourself with popular supplements, anti-oxidants and popular fruits and vegetables. Research which combinations of fruits can provide appealing health benefits such as anti-ageing or memory enhancement. Experiment at home making juices and smoothies and get friends and family try them out.

Buy your van or cart and supplies. Visit local farmers to source organic or all-natural fruits. Buy juicers, blenders, refrigeration, sinks, jugs, branded cups and napkins, a menu board and signage for your cart or van. Get your cash till, receipt paper and accounting tools by signing up for a business account, which will allow you to accept credit and debit cards.

Advertise your mobile juice bar at health clubs and colleges. Join your local Chamber of Commerce and network with other businesses, such as hotels.