Concession Trailer Business – 10

On opening day get to your concession trailer plenty early. You want to be prepared. First impressions are everything. You may not have but 20 people the first day but those 20 will turn into several hundred in time.

I would run the grand opening a week. Have specials and even give away samples. Anything to get the people to your concession stand. You will have a lot of wasted food the first few days until you know what to expect.

In the beginning it’s all a guessing game for anyone. You want to have enough but never too little. Run out once and you will loose valuable customers. It is better to have too much than not enough. It will not take you long to be able to estimate what you will need to prepare.

Just be nice and smile and serve good food and the people will come back. Also always open when you say you will. Never be late.. people will soon start depending on you for their lunch or dinner or their morning jolt on the way to work.

Good luck in your venture and never loose hope. A good business takes time and plenty of patience. I have faith in you and I know you can do it.

Be sure to check out our other sections of this website if you interested in getting into the BBQ stand business or espresso coffee stand business. We also have section on buying used concession trailers and selling used concession trailers and building your own concession trailer. We will also be adding a section called concession recipes, which will give you useful tips, and ideas on what to sell in your concession business and what is the most profitable. Sections will be added as often as possible.

Stay in touch and visit regularly because it is you that make this site what it is. If you have an idea or tip that you would like to see me write on or posted please let me know.

Thanks and good luck!

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50 Responses to Concession Trailer Business – 10

  1. wm anthony cash says:

    I`m just getting started with my concession business up here in michigan , I`m not running into problems yet but I expect a few down the road , I dont know much about a web site and need help with a few thing to get set up right is there any boooks that would be of help t me ?

  2. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much for all the helpful information. Now i’m even more excited to take me business in another direction! Great advice. Look for Soup Girl trucks all over Connecticut!

  3. tony says:

    thank you so very much for the advice and support i learned a lot from your comments and will be taking you up on your advise.and i will check your site for any updates and will give my experience

  4. Wuicho says:

    Thanks for taking the time to write this article. It was very helpful.

  5. robert says:

    I love your site, you answered many of my questions, but I was wondering about taxes. If I travel from state to state do I collect local and state sales taxes for where I am at? Or do I just pay taxes on my total sales to the city and state where I am based out of? Thank you

  6. jeffrey snider says:

    i just stumbled across your site while looking up wiring ideas for the concession trailer i’m building. it was reassuring to read that i have been approaching this venture in the right way…slow and steady. not easy with friends and family in your ear. thank you for posting the site, a lot of good information and check list.

  7. Karen says:

    Great sound and logical information. Thank you for sharing your expertise and advice. We are kinda alone in building our ideas and dreams. It is great to receive encouragement and helpful information. Thank you.

  8. Mike says:

    Great website with a lot of information. I am starting up a corn roaster business. I purchased “How to start roasted corn business” ebook and I tell ya information makes a huge difference. Most of the vendor try to use common sense and eventually they fail. Information like this website and a good book makes all the difference in the world.

  9. Gary Winebrenner says:

    Thank you for all the info. I was wanting to build my own trl so can you let me know where your site was to build our own. Thanks again Gary.

  10. lizie says:

    Hey – great advice! Would it be possible for you to post a segment on how to go about running a concession stand at fairs. I am interested in getting into that circuit, but haven’t a clue how to find out about health department regulations, licensure and taxes. Any suggestions or thoughts would be very welcome! Thanks, Lizie

  11. william holliday says:

    im still waiting on how to build your concession trailer ,great advice on hear . please let me know when you have more info for me on building a concession trailer .

  12. Helga says:

    SOOOO glad I found your site :-D
    Looking into buying a trailer….a million details I never thought about….will keep coming back. Thank you!!!

  13. george torres says:

    Can you please tell if there’s a book that has specification by state that can help me upgrade and or modify a trailer?

  14. Tiffany says:

    Thanks a lot for the info. I am going in the right direction.
    Keep helping others. It is a blessing.

  15. Shannon says:

    Great site with some great advise. I’m building my own concession trailer from scratch, and you covered some good points to consider. Thanks for the site. Swamp Mama’s Jerky will be sold from concessions in the near future….along with drinks, and other snacks. Thanks again.

  16. Cw says:

    This was very useful. I’m looking forward to learning more!

  17. Gen says:

    Hi from Ohio,
    What about insurance laws? Do I need to purchase workman’s comp. insurance if my husband and I are the only workers? What if I have my kids work? If yes, how much does it cost? What about other insurances, like if someone sues you or just trailer insurance?

  18. jeff gilson says:

    My girlfriend and I are building a trailer and are nearing completion. I would however like to know if you had any wiring diagrams, (ie) how to hook the 50 amp curcuit to a generater?

  19. Great job with the site, and found it very helpful. My wife and I are looking into a concession trailer to operate a bakery/cakes sales. When will the page for building a trailer be going online?

  20. Eric and Missy Coatrieux says:

    Thanks for the great advices on your article, we’re opening a crepe trailer in Maryland this fall . Creperie Breizh.

  21. Beni says:

    Very helpfull in opening a concession business. I would like to know if you find a vacant lot that is in a busy location can you have the trailer installed permanently. It will be in a vacant lot (already paved not in dirt) where water, sewer and electric power are available. I wanted to know if I am allowed to have seats and tables in the lot like 20 to 40 tables and since I want a seats will I have to have bathrooms for the customers? This lot is located in Orlando orange county. Thanks

  22. Senika says:

    I am so happy that I have found your website. A lot of useful information. Thank you!!!

  23. Patrick says:

    Thanks for the info Jeff, it was very helpful. I would like to talk to you sometime in person… It appears you are in the same area I am. Thanks for your time to put this together.

  24. Dottie Planck says:

    Is there a way to estimate how much to stock in your trailer for a fair or festival? Is there an estimate on how many customers might stop by?

    Thank You

  25. CozySmokes says:

    Thanks. Great info. I really appreciate your insight. Wish us Luck!!!

  26. Frank & Judy Santora Jr. says:

    Great site lots of good info really helpful, hoping to find out about building my own trailer have a 4 year old trailer 7′ x 16′ 32″ side door right front will put 2 indows in have built my last 2 houses plumbing wiring up to code and so forth but it is different materials and so on. thanks.

  27. Dami says:

    Thanks so much for the info! Truly appreciate the fact that it was free.

  28. Emmaricia says:

    Thank you so much for this course on concession stands/trailers. This information was so helpful!

  29. eugene galetti says:

    Hi,my name is gene,I am a 53 year old veteran wanting to own and run my own concession truck.I plan to travel to different venues that cater to motercycle enthusiasts.I am lookin for some investment help,or any sugestions regarding this type of buisness. I have been in the construction industry all of my life but can no longer do that type of work.I am also free to travel and would love to work for someone currentlyin the concession buisness. If you have any ideas that may help me,please contact me at,, serious people only ,thank you. God Bless!

  30. Dorian says:

    Just wanted to say great information it was very very helpful

  31. hagar says:

    great info, from a guy who seems to have been there… you’re going to get a lot of folks going that couldn’t have otherwise; the number of fake “plans” sites is dismaying… your site is all solid, practical info… thanks!

  32. Wow, thanks for all the guidance! great information and easy to digest…..

  33. Bryan Thompson says:

    Very informative, and i love the way you make it straight to the point. My trailer is going to be set up in Austin Texas and my desire is for two spots during the day Monday-Friday on south first for the lunch time crowd and on Thursday-Saturday nights on 6th street. Would there be a difference in the permits/ordinances ill need or have to follow for two spots?

  34. Jackie Caravello says:

    This was very informative as my daughter and I are preparing our trailer now. We have already discussed w/the Md. Health Dept. what is required for the various permits. Depends on just sandwhiches and the likes, but if deep frying for frys or making hot sandwhiches requires a certain permit. We also are required to take a 2 day Food Certification Course at our local college that offer it. Individuals can inquire if this is a required course in their individual state. **It is also here in Maryland required to have a commisary with approval letter from them stating we can use their facilities such as ; storing foods in frig., use kitchen for cleaning of cooking utensils that have been used, and that waste water can be disposed of there as well. We have approached our local VFW but have not had a confirmation or denial so this may be the last difficult thing to be accomplished in gettng a commercial commisary.

  35. Dedee says:

    Thanks for the info

  36. James MacDowell says:

    Great info!
    How do you get health Dept approval if you are going to travel to different states?
    Thanks so much

  37. Steve says:

    My name is Steve and I have decided to enter into the concession business.
    First I decided to talk to some other venders in my local area..I asked lots of how much did it cost you get started in the concession business and was a little shocked at how much people pay for a simple constructed hot dog cart. average was around $3,000 dollars for there cart. Health inspection in my State anyway is $75 a hr. min. 2 hrs charged. license fee, permits and asked what the inspectors look..if i needed to have a commissary to wash my pans. (i am in washington state.)
    Almost every vender i talked to said Start at your local health dept. and start there.
    So that is exactly what i did i went to the health department and asked for a packet of
    requirements to open a concession trailer.
    This site is very helpful as it seems to follow the exact path i am taking, except I decided to build my own concession trailer. ( having some construction background and a garage full of tools that are not being used for the winter).
    So I have my codes in hand and after long thought of how I wanted to build and not cost me $3,000 dollars. In fact I think I will finish it under a $1000 dollars..not counting inventory and insurance..
    Ok I know there are those of u that want to know how I will be able to reach this goal.
    First of the person the made this website is dead on about keeping it simple and keep a simple menu in will make it much easier when it comes to equipment. I will have no fryer or flat grill. eliminates hood fan requirements. I will be starting with a hot dog roller. (must be NSF). prices starting $200. always check your local craigslist.
    I also decided not to build just a push cart and went with a trailer. I found a pop up tent trailer I decided to convert There was already a waste water tank installed and propane lines ran..also has power outlets and I have a licensed trailer FOR $250 HE Wanted a bit more but when i explained what i was doing with it he wanted to work with me..I removed beds and stripped most of the inside of it out except the plumbing (that will need modified to add more NSF sinks.) I have been finding these for about $50 per stainless steal sink. I also found Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater for under $100.( very cool product at takes very little space heats water by propane. ebay) I found a mini fridge for storing my condiments that need to stay cold for $30 also craigslist. I am not really required to have the four sinks because i will be using a commissary.(local church Free) however i will be installing anyway in case I every decide to travel with it. So the step now is purchasing a cold well or cold table. I am planning to be inspected on ready to go by spring. I will keep everyone updated on progress.

  38. Kimberly Brown says:

    I am looking for as much advise and help as I can get about starting a food concesion business.

  39. Leo P. says:

    GOD Bless you, Persons like you make this country the greatest in this planet.

  40. craig says:

    I am starting a bbq concession trailer in michigan and I am building it myuself out of a car hauler trailer. This site is awesome . my name is Craig.

  41. craig says:

    well I traded the car hauler for a 22 ft. camper frame. I will have a skeletal frame welded to build the walls.

  42. Victoria says:

    I just want to say thank you so much for this information that you gave.imagine,its free…your a kind hearted person…I tried to find one site to help me and I am so glad that I found answered all my questions …your not only helping us but also,you saved us for spending a lot of money just to get some information. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much….I will keep coming back..this information was so helpful…love your site….a million of thanks…..

  43. S walsh says:

    Okay, went through all this, but now the question is, how to pay the temporary help and if taxes need to be filed if they are only going to work for 2 days or 7 days out of the year, and who files them, if so?

  44. S walsh says:

    Thank you btw so far for this info

  45. Xavier says:

    The ingredients that you use to make the food, does this need to be purchased through a distributor or can you just buy this from a grocery store?

    Thanks for any info!

  46. Helene says:

    Thank you so much for the clear and percise info. Getting ready to build a concession trailer, and open a business selling polish foods.. yum. The information that was presented was complete, and will be very useful. Will check back for updates.

  47. susan says:

    Wow, alot of great info….thanks sssssooooo much

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  49. Sarah says:

    I am interested in starting a food trailer I am just curious on how people got funding. Did everyone save thousands of dollars or did banks give loans. Thanks for the info. Sarah

  50. Cherie Thompson says:

    need to know what has to be nsf,and what equipment doesnt?

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