Buying a Catering Trailer This Year and Moving to Devon
Firstly thank you for all of your previous emails regarding starting up a mobile catering business.
I have quite a lot of questions but firstly it’s probably best to tell you my plan so you have a idea of what I am up against.
I am buying a catering trailer this year and at the end of the year I am going to move to Devon from Bournemouth where I am currently living.
All my life I have done dead end catering jobs and I feel at 32 years old it is now the time for a fresh start and a new business venture.
I love Devon and I have wanted to move back there for many years so I can think of no where better to live and be my own boss running a small catering trailer.
My plan is to find a good coastal pitch in a busy beach car park where I will be able to provide refreshments to tourists and locals who wish to take their families to the beach for the day, through the summer/busy period and work 7 days a week for as long as a demand will last.
I know it will not be easy finding the pitch, and there are important factors I need to consider like be granted permission to trade there and is there nearby competition and will there be enough customers to make it worthwhile, well I do believe it could work especially in a busy beach popular location where there is plenty of parking, public toilets etc.
I would want to offer a basic hot and cold food menu also hot and cold drinks and as it would be summer and costal I would also like to stock a small but popular selection of ice creams/lollies.
I was also thinking about adding a small selection of Cornish/local products like the good old Cornish pasty and maybe some Cornish ice cream etc.
Providing it was a successful pitch and I made enough money in the summer months I would like to move my trailer to a more industrial pitch for a few months of the winter.
If all goes well and profit is good I would like to take 2 months off every year maybe after the Christmas shopping when it goes quiet for a while.
Hence if I work 7 days a week for say 10 months of the year yes it will be hard and tiresome but i can reward myself with a nice long break and also use the time to undertake deep cleaning of the trailer, make sure all my paperwork is as it should be etc.
That is my plan and I know I have allot of research and planning to do this year but I feel really confident with the hard work needed I could really make it work for me