Is Your Small Business Dream Owning a Jax Food Truck?

Friday, August 18, 2023

Small Business and Side Hustles - a Library U newsletter

Is 2023 the year you... Make your hobby a side hustle? Start your own business? Or work on taking your business to the next level?

The "Small Business and Side Hustles" Library U newsletter connects you to Library and community resources and programs to help you start or build your business! 

This month, we're talking food trucks and there is no one better to answer our questions than Chef Andrew Ferenc of On The Fly Sandwiches & Stuff Food Truck. Voted "Best Food Truck" in Folio's Best of Jax poll (2012) and Jax Truckies Food Truck Champion & People's Choice Winner (2012), On The Fly Food Truck has been serving Jacksonville residents since 2011.

Interview with Chef Andrew Ferenc

  1. A business book you would recommend or a book you wish you had when you started your business. "I didn't read any books about starting our business, but I liked reading books about my occupation as a Chef. I really enjoyed books written by Anthony Bourdain. Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw are two of my favorites."
  2. What advice would you give someone starting a business in Jacksonville? "Come up with an original idea, something delicious and something everyone loves! Try not to borrow money, have a good support system and a good business plan, but be flexible. There will be a lot of hurdles you will have to try and navigate."
  3. What advice do you have on the world of permits and other oddities that come with owning a food truck? "Owning a food truck can be very tricky and is ever-changing. Permitting and rules have changed several times through the years of our business, so when you find new information on requirements you have to be prepared to take care of it quickly. Be prepared to work hard and love what you do."

Prior to opening On the Fly, Chef Ferenc worked at many notable restaurants in and around Jacksonville. He has been featured in many publications, both online and print. His attention to detail, plate presentation and ability to create eclectic dishes has also garnered numerous awards. 

Life Lit: Networking for Small Business

Join us at the Main Library Wednesday, August 30 at 2 p.m. for networking and business development skills with the UNF Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

Life Lit logoNetworking is one of the easiest ways to grow your business and establish both you and it as leaders in the community. However, all networking situations aren’t the same and all networkers aren’t as skilled as they should be. This presentation is on the importance of networking, the do’s and don’ts, as well as the common mistakes made by newcomers and veterans alike. The workshop is followed by a pop-up "asking anything business" from 3-4 p.m.

Taught by the SBDC's networking aficionado, Christian Evangelista, this training session is sure to leave you feeling empowered to get out in the community and do some networking!

Books We Recommend

How to Start and Run Your Own Food Truck Business in Florida by A. K. Wingler

With good jobs so hard to find, especially in rapidly expanding Florida, owning your own food truck could be the best option. It's the least-expensive start-up, and you can be fully operational in mere months. The rules and regulations can be a bit complex, and no single source has offered all the answers - until now. How to Start and Run Your Own Food Truck Business in Florida is a step-by-step guide that takes you from "good idea" to great success. Sure, it's hard work, but exciting, mobile, flexible, and highly profitable, too! And you get to be your own boss and set your own hours.

The Food Truck Handbook by David Weber

The Food Truck Handbook offers step-by-step advice on achieving your mobile food mogul dreams. From concept development to gaining a loyal following to preventative maintenance on your equipment, this book covers everything you need to know about starting and running a successful food truck business.

Includes profiles of successful food trucks, best practices and tools for picking a truck and choosing a location and more.

Food Truck Business by Douglas Haworth

Do you want to turn your love for cooking into a profitable business venture? Considering starting a food truck business but are not sure how to get started? Are you looking for a guide that will break down the process? Discover the secrets of how to start, grow, and eventually build a successful food truck business! From keeping your startup costs low and your margins high to deciding what to sell and how to price your products, this book will break down the process of building a successful food truck business into easy-to-follow steps.

Food Truck Business by James David Rockefeller

Owning a food truck business can be one of the most enjoyable business experiences in the world. Think about it! Feeding hungry people tasty, freshly cooked, scrumptious meals at prices you'd pay at the local greasy spoon. But before even getting into this business, you've got to do some planning and thinking to figure out if you've got what it takes to be successful. As with getting into any business, there are many factors that need to be considered. And the first of all these considerations is the question:"Are you ready to be your own boss?"

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

Medium Raw marks the return of the inimitable Anthony Bourdain, author of the blockbuster bestseller Kitchen Confidential and three-time Emmy Award-nominated host of No Reservations on TV's Travel Channel. Bourdain calls his book, "A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook," and he is at his entertaining best as he takes aim at some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, Alice Waters, the Top Chef winners and losers, and many more. If Hunter S. Thompson had written a book about the restaurant business, it could have been Medium Raw.

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