Can you make money from running a coffee cart?

Can you make money from running a coffee cart?

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  1. So you’ve been thinking about starting a coffee cart business but you’re not sure where to begin? We know firsthand that setting it up can be challenging , yet there are huge profits available to those who get things right. This article is to provide what it’s going to take to start a coffee cart business successfully.
    The Opportunities, Advantages, and Disadvantages of a Coffee Cart Business
    In essence, a coffee cart business consists of a vehicle fitted with a coffee machine and other necessary equipment. It’s a great alternative to opening a brick and mortar coffee shop since you have much lower set-up costs, no rent and, best of all, you’re mobile and flexible.
    Since virtually everybody drinks coffee, a coffee cart is an excellent business opportunity both in small towns and big cities. This is mainly because, similar to hot dog carts, a mobile coffee stand caters to people on the move, a promising demographic considering that most of us spend 70% of our time out of home.
    And if most people have a daily budget dedicated to their needs, a daily on-the-go coffee is most certainly included. Stopping by a coffee cart and getting an espresso or a latte on their way to work or at lunch is something that they can afford to splurge on, even when they are keeping a close eye on their spending.
    The Main Advantages of a Coffee Cart Business
    – Low start-up costs : you can start a mobile coffee business for very little as ready to go packages can be bought for as little as EUR 5999 .
    – Coffee is a growing trend : the coffee business is growing, and there are many coffee connoisseurs who will forego the tasteless vending machine coffee and get a high quality one instead. This is only going to continue.
    – Great Profit Margins: coffee offers incredible gross profit margins of up to 90% which is what has attracted the big companies to expand at such a rapid rate. Very few other products even come close, meaning that you have the potential to make a lot of money.
    – A year round product: some products are very seasonal, but coffee is no longer one of them. Yes, you won’t sell as many on hot days, but let’s be honest, they are few and far between.
    – Flexibility: many people operate a mobile coffee cart business to fit around their lifestyle, choosing only the odd show or event. Others choose to do it as a career, operating a daily in the town centre or retail park. The great thing is that this kind of venture can be run part time, on evenings outside a club or on weekends, at various events around the country. Overall, a coffee cart business is very flexible.
    The Main Disadvantages of a Coffee Cart Business
    – Competition: the expansion of the “good coffee” market means there are more potential customers but also more competition. Your product will either have to be competitively priced, of a higher quality or come with better service. If you plan to only cater to events, bear in mind that other stands will also offer hot drinks and many customers will not queue twice, even if it means settling for inferior products. So work out a strategy that will allow you to outdo your competition.
    – Skill: people love good coffee and every barista will tell you that it takes skill to make one. Therefore, you’ll need to practice your skills and learn how to get the best results out of your equipment. You’ll also want to develop an understanding about a variety of blends and preparations, gaining knowledge about how different flavours work together to create the perfect drink. Your level of skill and understanding may well determine whether your business is successful or just average.
    – Brand loyalty: many people already have a preferred outlet for their morning or lunch coffee. This can make it a bit more difficult to break into the industry initially.
    To sum up, now has never been a better time to start your coffee business. The market base continues to grow beyond anything we’ve seen before and, as long as you do your research and plan properly, you have every chance to make a solid profit out of it.

  2. Of course. The difficulty will be in getting a stree5 trading license or permission from your local municipality. If the cost of the license doesn’t put you off, go for it! Costs are low, profits good

  3. Probably yes. I think you are asking “
    “ can I earn a profit from operating a coffee cart”
    When you invest in a business, the business should pay you for the time you spend running it, and, in addition, give you a return on the money you paid for equipment and start up expenses.
    Others are operating coffee carts successfully. With some training and clever planning , you can too.
    Here are my thoughts;
    you are going to have to comply with health department rules. In most places this means a three compartment sink. If you are handy, building a mobile sink isn’t really too difficult. If not, they can be purchased on eBay and from others.
    You need liability insurance. Many of the good locations are going to want you to name them as an additional insured on your liability coverage. This will run around $499 a year.
    I suggest you join the street foods group run by “ Bens Hot Dog carts. This is s grouo of people selling every kind of street food imaginable and they can really help you make money. Go to you tube and google “ Bens Hot Dog Carts”and hundreds of videos will come up. Ben is focused on USA and Canada primarily, but there are members from Mexico Australia England that contribute. Coffee carts come up as do pancake carts ( yes, and successful too!) as well as about any other street food you can think of.
    Get a copy of “ Hot Dogs Saved My Life” from ( Ben not Amazon, he’s cheaper )
    There are aspects of running a coffee cart that you might not have thought of.
    catering: I know a lady with a really sweet coffee cart that contracts with a convention center to operate her coffee cart at meetings and conferences. She got the gig by telling the manager she would take care of everything , instead of the centers current model of trying to do it in house and because it wasn’t an every day gig they had staffing and supply issues.
    She also does “ free coffee” events for branch bank customer appreciation days. They pay her $75 an hour and she provides coffee, tea, and sample sized pastries.
    She also does this at a deluxe car wash.
    This same lady contracts at several hotels too, and she sets up at their morning free breakfast for 3 hours.
    She sells pastries a friend produces that are unique and very popular.
    She has a lunchtime gig on a popular plaza where several other carts are serving hot dogs, tacos, and other foods.
    She has an evening gig at a concert facility.
    Her gross sales are not as high as other types of vending, but her “ net” the amount she gets to keep is…

  4. I assume people in general can, because there are hundreds of them in Toronto. I probably couldn’t, because I wouldn’t want me for a boss.

  5. Yes, you can—it all depends on your location,first and foremost. You want to be in a location where you get high foot traffic—-say a park or festival. Another thing to consider is advertising to generate income—-use fliers and post them in local stores in the area where your cart is to located. Give out free samples to draw them back and to upsell later

  6. Some great answers here, and I would add that of course you can make money, the question is, how much, and is it worth your time? Do you like the idea of hanging out selling coffee in the park or wherever you locate? I think that’s the big issue.
    There are many factors to success as some of the answers have pointed out. But the big deal is whether you want to pursue this as an income opportunity. Don’t do it strictly for the money. It’s a hard way to earn a living if you don’t like the product, the process and the lifestyle.

  7. I’d imagine that if people weren’t making money at it, there would be no need to have that business. So.. I guess it’s profitable. Look at Starbucks

  8. Today was my first day out with a coffee cart i made. It’s small enough to be towed by a bike, though the weight is tough, so I transported it in my SUV. I purposely went to a location that I knew was quiet and didn’t have a lot of foot traffic, as I had no idea what I was doing really. I ended up profiting $65 for 3 hours of work. It made me realize that if I was in a high traffic area, my income could be more than I ever made in my life. Maybe that’s not saying much, but I’m sure if i was in the right location, my take home each morning would surpass $300.
    Being that I have no experience in this type of business, I didn’t want to set up in a location that would swamp me. Still, I made a profit. Have the right permits and be able to operate in a busy spot and I’m positive you can live off of this. OH! And serve damn good coffee and include tea. People will come back if they think it’s worth it.

  9. Yes, but if you are thinking that “making money” means “lots of money” then the answer could be different.
    As long as there is a profit from running your coffee cart (your operating costs are lower than your income from the cart) you are making money from running it. To make a lost of money, once you have a successful site, hire someone to run the cart for you, get a second cart, and start serving a different site. If you do your job well, you can end up making nice income from having several coffee carts run by others.

  10. Yes you can. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world for a reason. Coffee is a sought after product in most countries. Running a cart has low overhead and cash sales can minimize reportable income. The problem is low overhead cash buisnesses encounter significant competition. Money laundering is easiest through these types of buisnesses that accept cash and have low overhead. I have witnessed these types of operations from barber shops, vending machines, laundramats, ice cream shops, rental buisnesses, and service buisnesses. Consider the current competition and remember you can’t win a fight against a buisness that is operating with cash flows that are artificial or induced sales by cleaning operations. Buying buisnesses that have huge profits in this sector could be investigated closely by potential buyers. A highly profitable buisness is one thing a operation performing cleaning operations is reporting sales that never occurred.


  11. Absolutely you can, you see them at some court houses, and some at malls and some on street corners in certain areas, so yes you can make a good living at that if you have a good cup of coffee and clean set up.


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  13. I’ve never operated a coffee cart so I can’t speak from direct experience.
    But as a small coffee shop owner I can suggest that a coffee cart — depending on variables like, location, foot traffic, equipment costs, hours, etc. — is low-overhead operation where the risks are relatively small.
    The money is relatively small, too.
    But it has advantages. It’s a way to operate your own business, with modest investment, and it’s portable. You can experiment, succeed, or fail, without going into massive amounts of debt.
    Can it make money? If people like your coffee, and the customer stream is good enough, and you’re a responsible and reliable business person, it can make money, or at least, not lose money.

    Eight O’Clock

  14. Can I?
    Why yes, I can, but I have extensive training and experience in marketing and sales.
    But can you make money running a coffee cart? I have no idea. What is your business background?
    A mind is like a parachute, it only works when open

  15. What does it means make money for you? 1 figure? 2 figures? 3 figures? To me makes money means 6/7 figures. So if you clarify it you can decide if we are talking about make a living, so probably the answer can be yes.



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