It’s Sunday, and you take yourself off to the beach for a day of fun in the sun with friends and family. Packing a picnic box for a bite to eat can at most times work out to be an expensive exercise, not if you know there are fast food vendors on the beachfront selling hotdogs, slap-chips, boerie-rolls, popcorn and even some ice-cream. Does that not sound yummy, well that could be you, yes, you could be that fast food vendor and CaterWize have all the equipment necessary to turn the 1970 VW Combi into a mobile fast food business, you could be that vendor. Let’s cross the T’s and dot the I’s to ensure that you are legally setup to start this venture.

Set yourself up for success

Before you start your new venture, you need to plan, plan, plan, and plan some more. Could can be rest assured that you’re considered a high-risk business when compared to an experienced catering business. As a result of your high-risk status, you may have a harder time at first when dealing with Environmental Health officers, Event Organisers, and Insurance Providers, but don’t be discouraged. Make sure that you’re trading legally, safely, and profitably by starting out the right way.

Secure permits and licenses

Research applicable laws in your area for food distribution at catering sites. Find out what the law requires for you to be a mobile operator and to park at designated arear for you to trade before you delve into purchasing the equipment. If you are that you are non-compliant with our laws, you do stand to be fined and incur unnecessary costs but more importantly, you receive a bad business reputation and this will sink your profits.

Register the mobile business

Every mobile business has to be registered and cleared by the Department of Health. A trading certificate from the Department of Health is required before you can sell any food to the public.

Find out where you can operate

Irrespective of the advantage to be a mobile food vendor, you are still permitted to contact our local authorities to verify the positions you are allowed to trade from. For example, if you are attending a local sporting event, ensure that you have permission to be there, you may be asked to pay for space you occupy as a daily levy or if you are along the beachfront ensure you are not occupying a vendor who is already selling in that area. So there are legalities you need to follow and also learn to respect the other traders.

If you would like to find out more on how CaterWize can provide you with advice on acquiring the catering equipment fit for your mobile business, please do not hesitate to speak to CaterWize today to find out more about our products and services we can offer you.