IMO, You should consult with your local health department first before spec’ing out a cart. Some HD’s won’t allow griddles, grills, etc.
After you know what they need (3 compartment sinks with separate handwashing sink, hot & cold water, etc.) then you can look at cart manufacturers. Choose on that has been in business for a while, and not focus on price alone. Local pickup is a plus. I was lucky enough to visit the cart manufacturer and see the facilities before I put a deposit down. Many horror stories about eBay and internet cart manufacturers.
Check out insurance prices too. You’ll need a general business liability plan (usually 1 mil. minimum) with food poisoning coverage.
Highly recommend forming an LLC to separate your personal assets from the company assets should someone go for the jugular when they sue you for whatever.
Don’t need a lawyer or legalzoom.com
Most states have online forms to form an LLC and the IRS has forms online to get a EIN. Had mine done in 15 minutes for just the filing fees. No lawyer required.
Well – there’s my Readers Digest condensed version of getting into the biz. Probably missed a few finer points, but hey, whaddya want for free. 🙂
As a matter of fact, you may want to consult your HD before you write your business plan. That could very well dictate your course of action. Great points TDog