5 Tips Before Starting your own Ice Cream Trailer Business

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An ice cream business can appear to be one of the most lucrative business opportunities around with a low investment. With the increasing amount of people looking to start online businesses as opposed to offline, it’s understandable that many hands on businesses are being overlooked. But much like coffee vans, ice cream trucks are a cheap way to start your first business.

The thing is, people will always buy ice cream. Even if they have the best ice cream maker at home, they’ll still buy ice cream when they’re out, whether it’s for their family or themselves. Everyone knows that you can’t get the same quality of ice cream when you’re making it yourself compared to when you purchase it from a store.

Before you get started on your first ice cream business, here are a few tips to take into account that might help you out later down the line.

5 Tips Before Starting your own Ice Cream Trailer Business

1. Have $10k+ before you start

It might seem like a good idea to try and scrape together enough money to start an ice cream business, but if you don’t have back up funds, then things can all go pear shaped very easily. $10k is the minimum you should have to start your ice cream business, but the reality is that you should have much much more than that. So, it could be worth working for a little longer and saving up some extra cash.

2. Specialise in one thing

Although you don’t have to, it’s a good idea to specialise in one area of ice cream. Whether that be gelato, sorbet or any other type of ice cream, specialising in one area can be a good idea to help gain attention and let people know you’re an expert.

3. Don’t franchise unless you have money to burn

Unless you have a ton of money ready to invest into your business, it’s really not worth franchising at cheap costs. Unless you’re going to opt for franchising with a big brand name like Ben and Jerry’s, then it’s generally not worth entering into a franchise partnership.

4. Make sure you get the right supplier and equipment

If you’re going to do it, do it properly. This means ensuring that you get the right supplier and the right equipment for your ice cream truck. Ice cream machines are available a plenty and there’s a lot of decent deals around, and remember you don’t need to purchase one brand new if you can avoid it.

5. Make sure you have a good route!

One of the keys to success with ice cream businesses is ensuring a steady flow of customers to the van itself. The best way to do this is ensure you get a decent spot or route. This will be pivotal to your success, so make sure you do your research beforehand (which includes asking other ice cream truck drivers and people in the area).

Conclusion

These are just some of the tips you’ll want to consider if you’re going to start your own ice cream truck business. Of course, ensure you do your research and everything should be fine.

What camera should you use for trailer travelling?

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When you’re travelling around the country, one thing that many people like to do is to start taking pictures. You’re visiting a ton of new places – it’s only normal. But, it can be difficult to know what the best camera for travelling actually is if you’re not experienced in picking cameras.

I’m not either, but I did go to my local store recently to try and find out what types of cameras they offered there, and what they recommended for me before I embarked on another month driving around the country. There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to get some pics, so I decided to get myself a camera.

So, here’s some things that I learned about my camera before I ended up buying it!

The Fuji XT Series

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Check out some Fuji Xt2 sample Images here

When I walked in the store, this was the first camera that caught my eye. I immediately approached the assistant to ask for his help, and he told me a few things about the Fuji series. Whilst they are not as popular as Nikon and some other brands, typically they aren’t as expensive either! So, here’s what the fella at the camera stores told me about the Fuji camera.

Specs about the Fuji XT2

  • It doesn’t have a touchscreen – For youngsters, having a touchscreen might be an essential. But for me, it was actually a benefit not to have a touchscreen. This camera is usually cheaper than other brands like Canon anyway, and the fact that it doesn’t need an expensive touch screen to work is great for me.
  • It’s great for filming – I’m not going to pretend that I know everything about cameras and all the technical specifications. But, the guy in the camera store did inform me that this camera would be perfect for my needs as I like to film as opposed to filming.
  • It is really expensive – This camera is not for everyone because it’s much more expensive than other cheap mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras. This is cheap if you compare it to other cameras that are within it’s similar specifications (this is what I’m told anyway).

Conclusion

Overall, I’m really happy with my purchase. It’s definitely one of the best camera that I’ve ever had, but it’s also much more expensive than other cameras that I’ve had, too. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new camera, so it’s definitely a good idea to consider this type of model.

 

 

Things to stock in a travel trailer

If you’ve just bought your first trailer, then it is worth considering getting a variety of different things that will help with your trailer. You don’t necessarily need to get all of these things, but in general it makes sense to get them because you’ll need them at some point.

Trailers are designed to be compact, so you need to ensure that you’re trying to save space. Here are the different things that you should consider if you’re looking to stop stuff in your travel trailer.

  • Cooking Equipment – You undoubtedly want to get some cooking equipment for your trailer. Unless you plan on eating out all the time – which is ridiculously expensive – then you’ll need to get some cooking equipment to cook with. A kettle, barbeque and utensils will help you to cook your food thoroughly and ensure it’s delicious.
  • Grooming Equipment – You will undoubtedly need to stock your trailer up with enough grooming stuff to make sure that it will last you whilst you are away. Of course, you need all the basics like soap and a good shampoo specific for your needs. For example if you’re bald, you’ll need to get the best shampoo for bald heads that you can take with you. You should also consider getting deodrant and other things that you can use to keep yourself groomed.
  • Generator – Unless you don’t mind having no electricity whilst you are way, which some people don’t, then you’ll want to get yourself a generator. This can help you produce electric which will make things much easier if you’re going to be away for extended periods of time.
  • Bedsheets and bed linen – You really cannot have enough bed linen for when you’re away because it is very difficult to wash your stuff whilst you are away for this amount of time. If you can get extra bed linen then it really makes sense to have all of this stuff ready for you.
  • Films and activities – This one is especially true if you have a family full of kids that you really need to keep entertained whilst you are away. You should make sure that you will have enough stuff to keep you occupied for the whole time you are away.

Here is another list of the things that you will need to make sure that you have if you are entertaining people with your trailer.

Overall, this should be enough stuff for you not to have to worry about dealing with getting more stuff. Hopefully, if you get all of this stuff then you won’t have to worry any longer about this kind of thing.