Thursday, November 10, 2011
Food Business Ideas
There are several ideas that you can go off of to start a business from home doing something you love - cooking. For those of you that have a passion for being in the kitchen, this is the blog for you. I'm going to share with you some business ideas for what you can do with that awesome talent of yours and make some profit.
One idea is to become a personal chef. They prepare a week's worth of meals for any number of clients (usually between 5-15). They can be packaged with reheating instructions and delivered to the clients just once a week.
You can make home-cooked, heat and eat meals. That's a great idea if you like to keep things simple. You just prepare and package your favorite meals, again with reheating instructions. You can deliver them to have customers pick up at a designated place and tame on their way home from work. This works really well with corporate relationships by targeting large office complexes. You can distribute your simple menu selections to all of the employees in a large office building. It's best to do this in person, with some samples in hand, then you can take orders and payments over the phone or online. Simply prepare the meals and deliver them to the lobby within an hour or so before quitting time. You can even send a mass Tweet or text to let those customers know you're in the building with their dinner.
You can cater small events. Every meeting planner knows that food is important at any successful event. Introduce yourself to them. Get your menu placed in their facility information packets so they can contact you. You can also use wedding planners, non-profit development directors, and pretty much anybody that regularly plans small and mid-sized events. The only downfall to this idea is that catering takes a little bit more money to start up. You need equipment, transportation, serving sets, table cloths, etc. If you have the resources, though, this can be a fun way to make connections and cook great food.
You can teach cooking lessons. There are so many people out there that want to learn how to cook, so your skill is actually in demand. You can teach certain types of cooking, like grilling or baking, or teach special diets. You can even go out to certain groups, like young couples, college students, or new parents. You can teach these lessons in the privacy of clients' homes, or even do groups at local community centers or churches.
Become a private chef, which is actually different from personal chef. A private chef works directly with clients to create a menu for a specific event. You prepare the meal in their kitchen or in a space that they provide for you. You need to at least have a few connections for this one to work with the kinds of people who would hire someone else to cook for their dinner party. You need to be great under pressure and be able to improvise and be familiar with making gourmet meals. This is not an easy business to do, but it could be perfect if you have the right skills and contacts.
Those are just a few fun suggestions of things that you can do with your rare talent. I can't cook for beans, but if I could, I would love to do some of these things. Maybe I could even use someone out there to give me a few cooking lessons. If you like to bake, you can run a business from your home doing that - baking and decorating cakes, cookies, cupcakes, whatever. People love sweets and will be calling you for more.
Be creative and do something you love. It's all about passion, as most original business ideas are. Do something that you enjoy and you can't go wrong.