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Thinking Of Starting A Food Truck Business?

Jun 16, 2023

Thinking Of Starting A Food Truck Business?

Capital is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to opening a business. That’s why some first-time entrepreneurs are opting to start a small-scale food truck business. The question is, how much does it cost to start one? According to SME Corporation Malaysia, it is estimated an average of RM15,000 – RM20,000 is required to start a food truck business.

But first, let us see what makes food truck business so appealing: 

  • Lower costs, greater flexibility – Due to lower operating cost and space rental, it’s easy to set up and move to a new location from time to time. 

  • Catering opportunities – When it comes to catering, a food truck is flexible to cater to various events – be it concerts, sporting events, music festivals or even private parties. 

  • On-the-go brand visibility – Unlike physical stores that only attracts customers within its vicinity, a truck acts like a moving billboard wherever it travels. 

  • Easy customer feedback – Due to its casual setting, food truck owners can get immediate feedback from customers, be it positive or negative. 

Below are the costs to start a food truck business according to SME Corporation Malaysia: 

  • Register with SSM (Compulsory) – RM100 

  • Register with Bank (Compulsory) – RM200

  • Good Driving License (GDL) (Compulsory) – RM500

  • Local Business Permit from Local Authorities – RM500/Year

  • Working Capital – RM3,000 (minimum) 

  • Food Truck Deposit (minimum 10% from total price for e.g. RM55,000) – RM5,500 

  • Food Truck Installment – RM600/month 

  • Stickers, Signboard and Bunting – RM800 

  • Food Serving Course – RM100 – RM200 

  • Preparation for Raw Material – RM4,000 – RM8,000/month 

  • Maintenance – RM300

Source: SME Corporation Malaysia