Not Sure Oerall If I Made the Right Decision Buying Catering Van

by Frank

I have been given a list from the council with available pitches but every time I enquire about one of those pitches I've been told "sorry this is been taken"

I bought the van now, still waiting for 2 more appliances to be installed and I am almost ready to go.

Having no place to trade seems like a BIG problem, also Van insurance seems to be crazy to find. I have 9 years no claim bonus but those are on my main car, therefore I'll start with"zero"

I am not sure overall if I made the right decision buying this van ?

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Oct 12, 2011
Mobile Caterin g - Keep Pushing Through Wth
by: David

Hi Frank,

Yes I know it can be really tough to start off with, that why I always tell people to find a pitch first and then go full steam ahead and purchase/rent a catering trailer/van.

When I first started I faced more or less the same problem, no pitch.

I got this ugly truck(better when I painted it) and did not have a clue what to do next, no one really wanted to help me.Especially other mobile caterers.

I started by asking the local council who were not very helpful and eventually found a small building site near me, introduced myself, set up and started cooking/selling food.

It was a nerve racking experience for me as I'm a pretty quite type of person.

Sure there were times when I did not have a pitch and it was very daunting, but you have to push on and really give it a hard crack of the whip.Don't give up or doubt yourself just yet. I would advocate just turning up on a spot where no one else is trading and start selling.I also did this during a Sat/Sun in a business park where Homebase and Wickes were located and did well out of it.

Be creative and think of other ways to find a pitch as no one is going to give it to you.Finally if it really comes to it you could always sell/rent out your catering van, which should be the last resort.

Give yourself a chance Frank and keep pushing forward!

Best of luck

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