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How to start a food truck business in Tennessee.

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If you're looking to start a food truck business in Tennessee, we're going to go over the permits and licenses you need to get up and running. The first thing you want to get right off the bat is your employer's ID number. Obtaining a business license in the state of Tennessee is one thing. You may have to get an additional business license as a mobile food business. If you operate a food truck within a certain city or county limit, and you go into another one, you may actually need to have a business license as well.

You're actually crossing over into other counties and cities. And when you start to collect sales tax, if you've got a food sales tax in your state specifically, you'll also need that as well, because each city that you conduct business in will have to have those taxes remitted to it. Number three, you need to ensure that you get a seller's permit, also known as a reseller's license. It's a permit that allows you to not be taxed twice. If you're going to be operating a food truck in Tennessee, you need to make sure and ensure that you're not getting taxed at the register when you buy your ingredients.

Next up is a food handler's permit or a food safety certification. Every state requires food trucks to be attached to a commissary or commercial kitchen in order to prepare their food for the day. If you're going to get a food truck, you need to make sure that you get the trademark protected legally. Next up is your fire inspections or fire certificate, and then food truck insurance. Now this is something that's crucially important, making sure that you have at least what the state requires or your sitting county may have specific stipulations to within the state of Tennessee, that you've got food, truck insurance, whether that happens to be certain coverages, a certain amount of coverage, or if you have to have things listed on your actual food truck insurance policy that is local and needed to have on there.

Food truck insurance is something that also runs about 800 to about $1,200 a year. You wanna ensure that you have at least, like I said, the minimum, you've got at least that, you could go over that.

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What things make it difficult to operate a food truck?

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Dami, Roberti, founder and CEO of food truck freights:. What things make it difficult to operate a food truck? Dami says there are a few things that really do make it a bit of a challenge and difficulty. Food trucks are a bit different in regards to what it costs to get up and running, so understanding the permit process and licensing process can be a bit tricky. Find out specifically from the city, what they require as far as permitting.

And even some of the state requirements will vary by city and county. Check out our podcast and our multiple food entrepreneur channels here on YouTube. At the end of the video, we'll hook you up with two more videos that you definitely want to take a look at after this one. But there are a lot of great used food trucks that you can get that you may have to tweak slightly, or maybe even just use right out of the gate.
And we'll pop 'em up here on our YouTube channel, of course, and on our podcast. When you start talking about what things make it difficult to get up and running with a food truck, finding reliable help is one of the most challenging and difficult things in the food industry as a whole. Business can be a huge benefit, of course, because that can help elevate and increase your sales overall. And if you find a good team of workers and they stick with you, you can grow your food truck business in a lot of different directions. Many cities, when you cross over a line into another city or you go into another county, and in some cases, even another state, you have to have a business license to operate that mobile food business.

This specifically is something that a lot of food truck operators don't realize, and it can be a bit of a challenge to understand the business licensing side of the food truck industry. If you're going to start a food truck business, you need to have a reliable source of ingredients. That's one of the biggest difficulties when you first start is you rely on one single source for your ingredients. So check out these we gonna pop up here. We have a ton of resources available for food entrepreneurs. Marketing food online is our big channel.

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What factors influence customer satisfaction with a food truck?

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What factors influence customer satisfaction with a food truck? I'm actually gon na run down five specific things that if you don't pay attention to, you'll lose customers at the next food truck event you go to, and I'm gon na break down those five from the top, all the way down to number one. I'm going to get to that right now. Food truck freaksAll right, guys. So welcome back, food truck freaks. This is YouTube's premier food truck and entrepreneur channel. We're going to be bringing you nothing but useful content. Getting to the point, this will help you...

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How do I Get More Sales at a Farmer's Market?

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When you sell your food at a farmer's market, you're able to increase your revenue and make it more profitable for you to sell at farmer's markets. In this video, I'm going to run down six ways that you can increase your income from selling food products at these markets. Number one, being the most important aspect that you should implement is a sample. This is one that is a little tricky, but is a huge benefit. Some states don't allow you to do this because of the cottage food law.

But when you start to sample a product, if you can give customers a small sample, a small portion of that product, you'll have much more success and likelihood of selling it. One thing you want to keep in mind is that you don't want to make your samples too big, because remember that all of these items that you're making are costing you money to make. So you're not going to give away more than you're actually going to sell. When it comes to food products, number five, a lot of farmers' market vendors don't take debit or credit cards. They want to get cash in hand for every transaction.

You need to have this form of payment available for every customer that comes to your booth or comes to the farmer. If you sell something for $5.99 and it costs you 35 cents to make the transaction, you know what to go to $6 and 50 cents go up and let the customer absorb that payment for you, as opposed to you absorbing it. And if they come back next weekend and the weekend after that, that is going to be more of a benefit for you. It shows and it reflects on how you run your business and the type of food products that you have. Number one, there's a lot about you as a seller at the farmer's market.
Take pride in your booth. If you've got a group of people, they come through your booth, they buy a bunch of products, or they're kind of picking through things. Take a look around and find out what the price points are in the area where products similar to what you're selling are sold. Make sure you price it to sell and include packaging, labeling, and ingredients in the price. If you're a small business and you're at home, don't factor in so much labor at first, because you're probably the only one making the product and it's not too important just yet.

The booth that stands out the most has an eye-catching, amazing, colorful, eye-grabbing signage table tent. There are companies out there who can create custom tents, and believe it or not, custom tables, table cloths, and banners and signage. How do you get more sales at the farmer's market? Don't just have a boring white tent with some cookies and a little sign on the table, make sure that your signage catches people's attention. If it's Damien's chocolate chip cookies, it needs to be in big, colorful letters. Make sure that your signage is what's calling people to your booth.

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So how to get a permit to sell food from home.

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So how to get a permit to sell food from home. So if you're looking to start a home based food business, which so many of our viewers here are marketing food online, get their start at home. Actually the vast majority of food businesses actually start at home. You need to understand what permits licenses and even insurance you potentially will need to have. I've got a great list right here. I'm gonna cover each one of them and explain to you what they are and roughly how much they cost for you to give. We're gonna dive those permits,...

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