How to Start an Ice Cream Business

by Valencia Higuera; Updated September 26, 2017

Everyone loves ice cream. With this said, an ice cream business is a great venture, and the success rate is high. Of course, opening an ice cream shop requires a lot of planning, and business owners need to know the ins and outs of running a successful business.

Items you will need

  • Ice cream shop business plan
  • Start-up loan
  • Ice cream vendor
  • Shop equipment
  • License and permits
Step 1

Buy an ice cream shop franchise or start your own shop. It takes money to start any new business. However, your amount of available capital can help you determine the best route. Buying a franchise has its benefits, but it’s costly. If working with a small budget, consider opening your own shop.

Step 2

Research business plans for an ice cream business. You’ll likely need a start-up or small business loan. In turn, you’ll need to create a business plan that’s specifically tailored for an ice cream shop. Business plans outline the company’s course of action and defines the objective.

Step 3

Check your state’s license and permit requirements. Since ice cream shops operate under restaurant laws, you’ll need to obtain several licenses and permits.

Step 4

Talk with a few ice cream business owners. Ideally, it’s best to work inside an ice cream shop before starting your own business. If this isn’t feasible, interview a couple of ice cream shop owners. Ask for advice on starting and running the business.

Step 5

Choose a location for the ice cream shop. Areas that receive a lot of foot traffic are perfect for ice cream businesses. These include shopping centers, boardwalks and locations near a park.

Step 6

Purchase equipment and select vendors for the ice cream shop. The shop needs a soft serve machine, freezers, tables and a host of other equipment. Plus, you’ll need to create a menu and choose an ice cream vendor. Compare vendor prices before making a final decision.

About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.