Buying a catering trailer could be the perfect gateway to making money, especially if you love cooking, working outdoors, driving and meeting people. However, there's a lot more to be considered than simply the purchase of a trailer, but let's start with that.
Finding the most suitable catering trailer
Finding the ideal catering trailer all depends on the kind of outdoor catering that you want to do. Specific trailers are available for jacket potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, chips and kebabs, BBQ, pulled beef, pasties, international food, pizzas, traditional fish and chips and more. These come with all the necessary outlets and the equipment necessary to store and prepare your choice of cuisine. The trailers can vary in size, from small grills, to what amounts to full-sized portable kitchens. Your choice of trailer will very much depend on the nature of your business, or what you'll be cooking.
Novelty catering trailers
Being visual is all part of being a successful outdoor caterer and along with the catering trailers most are familiar with at car boot sales, markets and sports and music events, there are novelty options that include converted horseboxes, caravans and cattle trailers as well as brightly decorated or humorously shaped trailers. Many will be in keeping with certain themes.
Catering trailers with pitches
Some catering trailers come for sale with established pitches. These can prove a quicker and easier way to get into the catering business. However, due diligence is required when paying for a pitch with a trailer and it is advisable to seek professional help (banks, accountants) to determine how profitable the pitch actually is.
Setting up an outside catering business
Of course, setting up a catering business of any kind requires a number of health and safety certificates as well as a license to sell consumables. You should bear this in mind before launching into your catering endeavours.