Posted on: 01 June 2017

An in-depth guide to setting up a mobile coffee business 

Have you ever thought about starting your own mobile coffee business?
Are you interested in being your own boss and have a passion for working with the public?

Our downloadable guide will help you understand how to operate a mobile coffee business from the ground up, including everything from buying initial stock to accruing repeat business. Each section is split into manageable chunks, so you can tick off each step as you go, or come back to it later on.

Running your own mobile coffee business, of course, has its perks; the combination of low-cost stock and minimal overheads makes it extremely cost-effective. Plus, you won't be sat behind a desk all day.

Don't worry if you are yet decide on a coffee van business plan; this guide provides plenty of guidance on getting started, courtesy of Premierline.

The business guide covers:

Business Status

One common question asked by prospective coffee cart owners.

  • Deciding how to trade


Obtaining the correct licence(s) for your mobile coffee business will depend on where you want to trade, and what you want to sell.

  • How to obtain a licence to trade
    • Trading in public places
    • Trading on private land
    • Obtaining a licence from an agency

Buying stock

To operate a successful mobile coffee business, you will need to consistently source stock and sell it for a profit.

  • Sourcing stock from wholesalers
    • How much stock to buy


While high-end coffee machines can run into the tens of thousands, it is possible to bag a bargain. 

  • Things to consider...
  • How to power your equipment
    • Use an inverter generator
    • Use a leisure battery
  • Coffee machine hire
  • Van, bike or coffee cart hire

Taking payments

As a mobile coffee business, you need to make sure your customers can pay for your service quickly and securely.

  • Considering card payments


Tips for marketing your mobile coffee business on a shoestring budget.

  • Generate word-of-mouth
  • Social media

Getting a website

Most small businesses require a professional-looking website, as this is a shop window into what you can offer the customer. 

  • A virtual shop window


Taking out the right insurance for your mobile coffee business is crucial.

  • Protect your business against the unexpected
    • Covers to consider

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