We know from experience that opening your very own shaved ice business is an exciting and fulfilling process, yet it can also be a little bit scary. There are so many elements that you have to get in order well before you start serving a single snow cone or cup of shaved ice—your business plan, supplies, inventory of products, signage and of course your location.

We have previously shared some tips and ideas about each of these business ingredients and today, we’re exploring a particular aspect of the role of location.

Perhaps you’ve already chosen your ideal selling spot, a place with high foot-traffic where potential customers may be looking for a way to cool off but what about the type of vending setup itself? Should you go with a traditional stand, a mobile business or a permanent storefront? What’s best for you?

There are a few factors that come into play when making this important decision, so we’re breaking down your options with this simple guide.

Option 1: Portable Roadside Stands The most popular type of vending setup is a portable building, stand or hut. These structures are usually built on brackets and generally range in size from 8’ x 10’ to 10’ x 16’. Roadside stands are not very expensive depending on how elaborately you build your unit. Employees enter through a back access door and one side of the stand may have a sliding service window to serve the customer. The most convenient aspect of this vending setup is the ability to easily transport it to any location.

Option 2: Mobile Concession Trailers & Vehicles If you love travelling and meeting new people, then a mobile concession trailer or vehicle will be the ideal option for you. These usually range in size from 6’ x 10 to 6’ 14’. Putting your business on wheels makes it easy to set up shop at special events and other high-traffic spots, and to skip the task of setting up and breaking down afterwards. Having such a convenient means of service allows you to find and take advantage of the numerous selling opportunities available to you.

Option 3: Permanent Structures Having a permanent storefront is also a very popular vending setup. If you’re interested in renting a space instead of purchasing a building, then this may be a great choice for you. It may be beneficial in keeping costs down when you’re just starting up your business. With permanent structures in particular, finding a prime location that is clean and professional looking will help you attract the right customers and keep them coming back for more.

When it comes to choosing the right vending setup, consider your needs and your personality along with other factors like location and budget, and you’re sure to make the right decision. If you still need help with establishing and growing your shaved ice business, please feel free to contact us at customercare@hawaiianshavedice.com, or visit our sister site at 1-800-Shaved-Ice.com