How to Start a Food Truck Business: Quick Guide

Wondering how to start a food truck business? Make the whole process easy with Table Needs.

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Partner with a company that knows how to start a food truck business

When it comes to learning how to start a food truck, you don’t have to do it alone, Tables Needs is an expert in the food truck business. From creating enticing menus and accepting orders to communicating with your kitchen and your customers, Table Needs helps food truck startups thrive from day one.

Turn your idea into a real food truck business

Opening a food truck involves a lot of paperwork—but you don’t have to figure out how to start a food truck alone. Table Needs Filer is your one-stop-shop for all the legal paperwork and permits needed to start your food truck business. Table Needs will help you:

  • Establish a LLC and operating agreements
  • Secure your EIN and necessary permits
  • Trademark your name and logo
Turn your idea into a real food truck business

Create and update menus on the go with menu management tool for food truck businesses

Creating an enticing menu isn’t just about the food, it’s how the food is presented. That is why Table Needs’ built-in menu management guides you through the process to:

  • Design, redesign, and optimize a beautiful menu with ease
  • Show off your food with custom images
  • Make updates on the fly with just a few clicks

Start selling with a Point of Sale perfected for food trucks

Your point of sale (POS) is one of the most important parts of your food truck start up—and is at the center of how to start your food truck business. From processing payments to managing menus to reporting and finances, the Table Needs POS will set you up to:

  • Streamline orders and payments – from anywhere
  • Collect tips for your staff
  • Manage your menu, kitchen flow, online ordering, and more
Point of Sale system built for quick-service restaurants

Make it easy for your customers to order and pay with QR code menus and online ordering

Customers want delicious food—fast—especially at food trucks and waiting in long lines to place orders doesn’t help. That’s why Table Needs provides Scan to Order and Pay with commission-free online ordering. With Scan to Order and Pay, customers:

  • Scan a QR code on your truck to access your menu
  • Place their order and pay online for pick-up now or a scheduled time
  • Automatically receive a text when their order is ready

Design a chaos-free kitchen with built-in Kitchen Display System for food trucks

A key component of how to start a food truck successfully is nailing down communications between the person manning the window and the kitchen staff. That’s why Table Needs built its Kitchen Display System (KDS) into the POS and doesn’t charge extra for it. The combo of the Tables Needs POS and KDS:

  • Immediately sends new POS orders to the kitchen accurately —without human intervention
  • Compiles all orders into one system for easy, accurate firing
  • Keeps things moving with quick-glance status updates
chaos-free kitchen with built-in Kitchen Display System
Operate your entire food truck business with the Table Needs Mobile App

Operate your entire food truck business with the Table Needs Mobile App

Your business is mobile, your food truck POS should be too. So Table Needs makes its POS system, KDS, menu management and other functionality available from your phone or tablet. No proprietary hardware, subscriptions, or start-up costs. Just download the mobile app and you can:

  • Take orders and process payments
  • Manage menus, orders, and tickets
  • Use your cell network or a hotspot to run operations

Capture the locals’ attention with professional-level marketing for food trucks

It almost doesn’t matter how delicious your food is if no one knows about it—almost. Table Needs will partner with you to drum up more food truck business with a marketing strategy designed with your goals in mind.

  • Engaging social media posts to build your community
  • Digital advertising to help boost awareness
  • Customized web pages to share your story and your food
a tighter more efficient team

Make staffing your food truck business a cinch with Homebase

When it comes to how to start your food truck business, juggling onboarding, payroll, time clocks, and schedules can drag you down. But with the Homebase and Table Needs partnership, you have everything you need to manage your team, all in one place.

  • Hire and onboard your staff
  • Set schedules and manage time clocks
  • Run payroll

The Table Needs Difference


We know there’s a lot more to running a profitable quick-service restaurant, cafe, or food truck than just accepting orders and processing transactions. That’s why we built the complete food service operating system and provide free, ongoing training and consultations to our restaurant partners.

Simple and powerful point of sale


  • First-in-kind point of sale mobile app
  • Manage multiple menus simultaneously from POS system
  • Built-in kitchen display system


  • Cash discount program
  • Sales tax automation
  • Commission-free online ordering integrated into POS


  • Premium business services, like marketing, bookkeeping, and legal filing
  • Whiteglove onboarding and training


  • No proprietary hardware
  • No contracts or hidden fees
How to start a food truck

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