Takeaway Food Stand Business

If you want to start a takeaway food stand business, you will have to begin with a business plan. Starting a takeaway food stand business can be fun. You can bring the food stand almost anywhere.

You can sell takeaway food at roadside pitches, shows or events, industrial estates, markets, and shopping areas.

Takeaway Food Stands

Determine the places that offer the best income opportunities. Food is a necessity and people are willing to pay a reasonable price for great tasting foods. This is a great alternative to starting a restaurant or a food store because of its mobile nature. You don’t have to get a store space because you can just prepare the food in your house.

What foods can you offer? You can sell traditional food items like hotdogs, burgers, and fries. It wouldn’t be a great idea to sell unusual food because people might not purchase. Still, if you’re willing to take the risk, you can do combinations. Experimentation can be fun as well and if you want, you can sell different foods for every chosen pitch. Pricing your food items should be done carefully. Consider the overhead costs that you incurred and the profit margin that you want to earn. Create a price list and if you want, you can create separate price lists that you can use in the different places you go.

The Competition

In this type of business, you will be competing with mobile caterers, fast foods, cafes, restaurants, sandwich bars, and other places that sell takeaway foods. Try to inquire in your local government office about the requirements for a takeaway food stand business. In some places where the rules are lax, some people can get away with a takeaway business. However, if a license is vital to operations, you should apply in advance. Pay the licensing fee and buy the needed equipment and food supplies.

Don’t cook more than what you can sell. Try to estimate how many burgers or hotdogs you can sell in a couple of hours. It wouldn’t be a great idea to make it a habit to sell leftovers because people will soon know about it and can ruin the reputation of your business. As you expand, you can now hire extra help and get more takeaway food stands. The food stands will not cost you a fortune and you can build them on your own. When selling, make sure that you are clean and presentable. If customers see that you look great, they can easily trust your business. Before starting this kifnd of business, you have to develop a business plan to serve as your guide so work on it now.


  • Chioma said on June 6, 2010
    Lagos state nigeria. Feasibility study on how 2 start my own fast food joint. Tank you.
  • Mukund Vaidya said on August 1, 2012
    I want to start ready food items business in Kharghar Navi Mumbai. Please let me know the details. My ideas are like Chips, Namkeen items, sandwich, juice stall etc.
  • michaella said on March 14, 2013
    i want to start a takeaway in a small town masvingo town in zimbabwe. would like to concentrate on chips , traditional foods etc


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