How to Start an Ice Cream Truck Business

Learn how to build an ice cream truck business from scratch on a shoestring budget.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Getting Started in the Ice Cream Truck Business

When I first got the idea in my head that I wanted to run an ice cream truck I had no idea what the process was. There wasn't much information online so I had to figure it all out myself. Everyone I told about my plan laughed at me or engaged me in a mock debate designed to emphasis how foolish I was.

The fact is that you are an entrepreneur and most of your friends and family and people in general aren't so, whatever advice they give you will be colored by their natural tendency to avoid taking risks and doing anything out of the ordinary.

I made this guide for budding entrepreneurs like yourself. This guide will save you a bunch of time and get you up and running and making money as fast as possible.

You need to decide where to sell your ice cream

You will need a permit for each town so you don't want to pick more than a few. I ended up getting 3 permits but only ever used one of them; the other two towns were just not as profitable and I would have wasted a lot of time traveling to them.

There is even more paperwork involved, including registering your business with your town, getting a state peddlers license, as well as a town peddlers license. Then you need to get a health inspection and sometimes a vehicle inspection by your town police.

You need a truck

Or a van. Used or New. Or maybe you could rent one. You will need to insure your ice cream truck before you can register it at the DMV.

You will need a freezer

Will you use a cold plate freezer? Do you even know what that is? I didn't. What stickers and decals will you use? You will need to decide how you will paint your ice cream truck and give it an overall theme.

You will need your products

Not just ice cream, but candy, snacks, and drinks. You need napkins and spoons and hand sanitizer and towels and other cleaning supplies. You need to figure out where to get each item the cheapest and what to sell based off of the profit margin for each. And how will you price everything?

You will need to decide on location

Once everything is set up how do you decide where to go and when? Which places will get you the most bang for your buck? How do you expand your business, and how do you know when to? How do the best guys make so much money?

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What are the requirements?

  • A few thousand dollars to buy or lease a truck, ice cream and supplies

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to start an ice cream truck business
  • Choose the right ice cream products, drinks and snacks
  • Maximize your time by picking the best spots in your town or city

Who is the target audience?

  • First time business owners who want to get their feet wet with an easy to start business
  • Students who want to make more than minimum wage during their summers
  • Professionals who want a fun side-business to run

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: 2
How to Choose a Truck
How to Inspect a Used Ice Cream Truck
Section 3: 3
How to Pick a Freezer
How to Pack Your Freezer
Section 4: 4
What to Sell - Ice Cream
What to Sell - Decals and Advanced Pricing Strategies
What to Sell - Drinks
What to Sell - Candy

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Instructor Biography

Tim's Ice Cream Truck, Author of "Starting From Scratch"

I am the author of "Starting From Scratch," a book about how to start an ice cream truck business on a shoestring budget.

I've helped hundreds of ice cream truck owners fulfill their dream of creating an ice cream truck business. I've also helped ice cream cart and ice cream parlor owners expand their businesses and rethink their ice cream business strategies.

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