Hi all. My husband and I own a mobile mini donut concession business. Thought I would share some info. Our initial investment was $10,000 in June of 2012.
We do not have a truck or a trailer, only a 10 x 10 foot portable kiosk that we haul with our Suburban and a trailer. With the kiosk, the weather plays a huge role in our business, however, we like the fact that our customers can walk up and watch the donut making process. Set up and tear down times are about an hour each. That is with 2 of us working.
We have a Lil Orbits 1200 series model automated machine. We bought new for the warranty (which is lifetime) but you should know that using any mix other than what you buy directly from Lil Orbits will void that warranty. Do your homework on this. The cost of the mix itself is not high and we love the quality. The problem is that the shipping cost is a huge factor. We never dreamed this would cut into our profitability as much as it has.
The machine is easy to use, clean and assemble. People really love to watch the process. They will stand forever and just watch. Once you offer them a sample donut, they are hooked.
All cities are not food truck friendly. We were "uninvited" to an event this past year b/c the powers that be did not want "that type of feel" for the downtown area. (it was a group of vendors that were uninvited, not just us). Just something to think about if there are not alot of food trucks in your area.
We love attending festivals and events, meeting people and spending time together as a family. We are not getting rich! We rely on 2 full-time jobs and do this on the weekends. I can't imagine that either of us could quit our jobs at this point and do this full-time. It is more of a "hobby" income so far
I hope this is helpful. Please ask questions if you have them. I will do my best to help. Good luck in all your ventures!