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July 2016

Think you're ready to start your own business? Do you think that the food vendor life is right for you? This month veteran food vendor Barb Fitzgerald provides some soul searching questions to ask yourself before starting up your new food business.

We're working up a brand new article series that will allow us to share your show-going experiences directly with promoters! We're looking for stories and contributions now, check below to see how you can get involved.

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A Successful Food Stand Business Starts with Soul Searching

by Barb Fitzgerald

The personal benefits of running a concession business including spare time, cash income, and independence are well known. However, the most important, and the least recognized advantage of the business is the ability to design the enterprise to suit the individual's desired level of earnings and involvement. When planning a concession business one must understand how each step in the start-up process largely determines one's ultimate earnings and level of involvement. Therefore a food concessionaire's business and personal goals should be considered when deciding what menu to serve, the type and design of the booth, and the types of events and venues to schedule.

The first step in planning your concession start-up should be serious and in-depth "soul searching". Start by asking yourself these questions:

1. What is your purpose for starting a concession business? Do you need extra money to help ends meet? Is your job at risk? Is your nest egg inadequate for your rapidly approaching retirement? Are you semi retired and want to stay active while supplementing your fixed income? Maybe your teenage kids need to raise money for college. Do you want a business in which the whole family can work together? Maybe you are hard to employ, or are a free spirit who wants to be responsible for your own employment.

2. What do you ultimately expect to achieve from you concession? In other words, how much money is enough? Will an extra ten thousand dollars provide you a more satisfying retirement, or is fifty or one hundred thousand dollars required to replace your current job?

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