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  • 1. Got Food?21 FoodBusiness IdeasYou Can Startfrom Home www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 2. Familiarize Yourself with Rules,Regulations and Local Laws To start a home-based business, you want to contact your city for information on licensing, permits and local zoning laws for operating a business out of your home. If you will be preparing food in your home that you plan to sell, check with your state’s health department about having you cooking space inspected for business use. In order to receive a license to operate, your cooking area will need to pass the inspection. In the case that zoning or cooking area regulations do not allow you to prepare food in your home, all is not lost! Many cities rent out commercial cooking space that you can use, and then you can manage the rest of your business tasks from home. If you will be packaging food items, ask your state’s health department about labeling requirements. Packaged items may be required to carry a standard recipe and other information on the label. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 3. Get Your Business Plan Together A business plan can show you whether or not your business idea can be profitable, so it’s best to complete this step before investing in supplies and equipment. A business plan will also help you figure out the best way to generate customers, and how long it will take to turn a profit. Many small business owners choose to use business plan templates. This enables them to avoid the cost of hiring a professional and avoid the common mistakes that happen when writing a plan from scratch. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 4. Purchase Supplies and Equipment Once you know you have a viable business idea and you can prepare food in your home to sell, it’s time to invest in supplies and equipment. If you already cook in your spare time, you may have many of the items you need. If you need additional cookware or food prep items, restaurant supply stores can be a good resource for wholesale equipment. What you may not have are packaging supplies like bags, boxes, tins, shipping materials and labels. Here is a list of product packaging companies that supply a wide variety of items - from pink cupcake boxes to vinyl pouches to candy jars to wine packaging supplies to complete custom-designed production. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 5. Find Customers If you do not like to sell, a simple way to attract new clients is to let people try your specialty food items or treats for free. Make a list of local companies, organizations and events where you can distribute free samples of your product, gift baskets or small catered meals. People like to try things for free, and once they know about you, they can contact you for more orders. (It’s human nature to want to return favors.) Furthermore, you’ll get more bang for your buck by contacting larger groups of people instead of individuals. Not only do you reach more people at one time, you can secure larger orders in the future. Remember to include your business card, a menu or list of items you carry plus information on how to place an order. As an extra incentive, include a coupon or special discount. What you are doing is getting new customers in the habit of doing business with you. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 6. With Food Prepwww.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 7. Cupcake BusinessThe market for cupcakes is growing. They aren’t justfor kids’ birthday parties anymore. They are now after-dinner treats and even afternoon snacks. If we don’twatch out, we will soon be eating them for breakfast.All kidding aside, the expansion in this market isbringing more opportunities to crafty entrepreneurs -you just need to come up with a unique and creativecupcake idea. Here are some examples: Businesses are finding that they can sell more cupcakes by making them more convenient to buy. Sprinkles even started selling their cupcakes by vending machine - as if it wasn’t already convenient enough to get a cupcake already. Cupcakes are becoming more glamorous and carrying a higher price tag. New York’s Sweet Revenge serves their cupcakes with forks - and booze. Now part of wedding cakes and other baked sculptures, as we’ve seen on TV shows like Cupcake Wars, cupcakes are sold in larger numbers.Resource: How to Start a Home Based Cupcake Business www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 8. Cake Decorating BusinessAs long as there are parties and other events thatserve dessert, there will be a need for cakedecorators. The key is to choose a specific niche andfocus on a select group of customers.For a cake decorator, being able to create uniquedesigns is of course important. However, nowconsumers are also shopping for healthier options,such as organic, low-fat or gluten free cakes. Thosewho provide these alternatives can tap into a bigand growing market.If you enjoy baking and decorating, but you don’twant to do it everyday, you can tap into another bigmarket of do-it-yourselfers.Teach others how to decorate cakes, createdecorations they can use on their own baked itemsor design baking supplies that make it easier forpeople to make their own stylish and professional-looking cakes.Resource: Starting a Cake Decorating Business www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 9. Cookie BusinessJust like cakes and cupcakes, cookies are expanding tonew markets, such as cookie bouquets or gourmetcookie sandwiches. A big difference, however, is thatcookies can be easily shipped by mail.This advantage makes it a lot easier to operate yourbusiness from home.Starting a mail-order cookie company or cookie-of-the-month business carries less risk and cost thandelivering bulkier, more perishable baked goods. Youcan also sell through a website to a larger geographicmarket.Consumers are also shopping for healthier options,such as all-natural, low-sugar or gluten freealternatives. (I actually think there is a fine linebetween some of the “protein bars” and cookies.)The bottom line is that I think you can sell a cookie topretty much about anyone - just switch the ingredientsto meet your market’s needs (and make it good ofcourse!).Resources: How to Start a Home-Based Cookie Business How to Start a Dog Treat Business www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 10. Beekeeping BusinessAs a beekeeper, you can produce and sell honey,among other things. People like to eat honey becauseit tastes good, but now there is a growing market ofpeople buying local honey for its supposed healthbenefits.Making flavored honey is another way to gain marketshare, since many supermarkets don’t offer a widevariety of flavors. This makes it easier to compete inthe marketplace, and I personally think there are a lotof adventurous eaters out there who just want to trynew and different food.Offering seasonal flavors can also be a great way toinspire gift-giving purchases. Combining multipleflavors in attractive packaging makes for easy gift-giving.Taking this idea a step further, beekeepers can offer a“flavor-of-the-month” service. Set up a website thatdisplays packages, prices and options, and this makesgift giving and personal shopping easy.Resources: How to Start a Beekeeping Business Turning Beekeeping into a Lip Balm Business www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 11. Beer Making BusinessIf you want to start a business around beer, youcan brew it, teach other people how to brew it,sell equipment and supplies to home brewers andmore.If you want to brew and sell your own beer, keepin mind that each state has it’s own licensingrequirements and regulations on beer making(where it is brewed and sold and who can brewit).Commercial home brewers also need to checklocal zoning laws to ensure that they can operatea beer-making business on the property.Resources: Brewing Supplies & Equipment Free 6-Day Home Brew Course Brew Guide with 640 Beer Recipes How to Teach Online with a Classroom Website www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 12. Home-Based Wine BusinessMany people who want to get into the wine businessthink they don’t have enough money - or land. This isnot necessarily true.Sure, you can start a large winery, grow acres ofgrapes and operate large production facility. However,you can also start a virtual winery or “micro winery”for a lot less money - and no land required!In addition, wine enthusiasts can sell wine onlinewithout having to grow it or they can teach otherpeople how to make wine through teaching web-basedclasses or writing digital books.Gary Vaynerchuck started the Wine Library website,selling wine and then talking about it on his own WineLibrary TV. The concept took off, and he now has ahuge loyal following.This goes to show that when you’re passionate aboutsomething, you can turn it into a successful business.Resource: How to Start a Wine Business from Home www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 13. Make & Sell Gourmet FoodIf you have a unique product idea or family recipe,you can start a business making and selling yourspecialty food items from home.Your home-based cooking space will need to passan inspection by your state’s Department ofHealth prior to you receiving a license.Alternatively, you can usually rent commercialcooking space in your city.You may also be required to maintain a standardrecipe for product labeling purposes.Once you have a packaged product, you can sellthrough online marketplaces like Foodzie andAbe’s Market. You can also set up your ownwebsite, sell at farmer’s markets or through retailoutlets.Resources: How to Start a Gourmet Food Business Affordable Labels for Food Products www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 14. Organic FarmingThere is a growing awareness of organic healthbenefits, and a demand for organic produce.Organic farmers can help meet this demand, evenon a small scale.Some grocery stores make an effort to buyorganic items from local farms, and growers cansell their produce at farmer’s markets and evendirectly from the farm. Restaurants can also beanother resource of buyers.Resource: Farm Business Plans & Resources www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 15. Grow & Sell HerbsIf you like to garden, you can start a businessfrom your own backyard at home. You surprisinglydon’t have to have a farm or even large plot ofland to sell plants, herbs or even small trees.Once you know what you want to grow and how togrow it, the next step is to find places to sell it orbusinesses who will buy from you. Restaurants,health food stores and food co-ops can be goodplaces to contact.Set up a arrangements where businesses placeorders from you on a regular basis, and you canend up with consistent income every week.Resource:Mike McGroarty offers free online training forpeople interested in starting a home-basedgardening business. Find out how here. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 16. Without Food Prep www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 17. Recipe WebsiteFor chefs who want to share their creative ideas withothers instead of cooking for them, a recipe websitecan be the ideal solution. In addition to sharingrecipes, you can teach people about various cookingmethods, entertaining and even diet strategies.Setting up a recipe website can be fairly inexpensiveand simple. Many recipe websites are free for visitors,as they generate income from advertisers.There are already several generic recipe sharing sitesalready established, so instead of trying to competeagainst them - choose a specialized niche.Niches like “gluten free recipes” or “microwavecooking” make it easier to attract the right visitors,and build a loyal following. By building a loyalfollowing, you increase your monthly visitors, which inturn attracts more advertisers - and revenue.Resources: Weebly: Free Website Builder Make Money with Ads on Your Website Recipe Content You Can Add to Your Site How to Write & Publish Your Own Cookbook www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 18. Candy Bouquet BusinessEdible bouquets are a popular alternative toflowers, and of course, you can eat them. What’snice about candy bouquets vs other food like fruit,is that it doesn’t perish as quickly.This makes a candy bouquet business lessexpensive to start - and less risky.Being able to create fun and interesting bouquetdesigns will enable you to sell more. You can dothis with regular candy you find at the store,gourmet candy or confections you make yourself.You can sell candy bouquets online through awebsite, offer a local delivery service or partnerwith gift shops in your area to re-sell them foryou.Resource: How to Make and Sell Candy Bouquets www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 19. Mail Order Coffee BusinessThere are plenty of people who still enjoy drinkingcoffee at home and who look for interestingvarieties of coffee beans to buy.To sell coffee beans to this market, you wouldneed to build a website and get several types ofbeans that are not widely available elsewhere. Youcould also set up a coffee-of-the-monthmembership club, where shoppers decide whichtype of bean they want each month.Don’t limit your profits. A mail order coffeebusiness can sell coffee beans - but also otheritems that would interest coffee drinkers (iecoffee-flavored edibles, coffee making supplies,gift items, etc.).Resources: National Coffee Association List of Resources Shopify Online Store Builder www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 20. Vending Machine BusinessStarting a vending machine business does notrequire special skills or experience. You can startby purchasing a vending machine, items to selland securing a location for your machine.The hard part comes when you’re trying to find agood, profitable location. You want to place yourmachines where human traffic is constant, butoften these spots are already occupied or notavailable.A poor location can end up being an expensivemistake. That’s why some entrepreneurs chooseto work with a franchise operation that canprovide them with extra training and support - aswell as the business opportunity.Resources: VendStar Franchise Vending Business-in-a-Box www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 21. Go Mobilewww.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 22. Hot Dog Cart BusinessA hot dog cart business is ideal for people who want towork for themselves, but don’t want to be stuck in thehouse all day. You can spend your time outdoors,surrounded by people and many times, entertainment.Some hot dog cart vendors operate in a singlelocation, while others take their carts to special eventsand community gatherings where they are likely to geta lot of business.Generally, hot dog vendors are required to get a foodhandling permit and street vending license. You willneed a cart, supplies and food to sell, and then youcan be on your way to making profits.After getting the hang of running a single hot dog cart,you can expand your business to include multiplevehicles and employ people to operate them for you.You get a cut in the profits and can make a sizableincome without even manning a cart!Resources: How to Start a Hot Dog Cart Creative Mobile Systems, Inc. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 23. Ice Cream TruckToday’s ice cream truck business has gone beyondthe traditional musical truck that drives around theneighborhood with screaming kids chasing after it.Now there’s gourmet flavors, toppings and even self-serve options that an ice cream truck can deliver. Infact, creative entrepreneurs like Rachel Sprinkle-Strong of the Popcycle Creamery run their ice creambusiness from bike-carts. Talk about starting a low-budget business!Similar to hot dog cart vendors, ice cream trucks canwork a single vicinity or travel to multiple locations.Like the traditional neighborhood ice cream truck,you could advertise a schedule, but work commercialor public areas rather than residential.You may need to get a food handling permit andstreet vending license from your city.Resources: How to Start an Ice Cream Truck Business Get a Bike: Start a Business www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 24. Catering BusinessCaterers can get hired for all sorts of events fromsmall family gatherings to weddings and largecorporate functions.Much of the food preparation and some cookingcan be done from home, while the final cooking iscompleted on site.Especially with larger events, there are a lot ofvariables and things that are out of your control.As a caterer, it is essential to handle stressfulsituations. Those who are well-organized and workwell with others tend to do well in this field.One successful event can lead to lead to another,since word-of-mouth referrals plays a big part ingrowing a catering business.Resources: Tips on Starting a Catering Business Kitchens on Wheels www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 25. Personal Chef ServiceAs a personal chef, you can prepare meals inadvance and deliver them to clients, or you can dothe cooking on site.Clients are typically busy families or corporateexecutives, and they can be people with specialdietary needs or people who simply don’t like tocook.A career as a personal chef can be a great optionfor those who enjoy cooking, but who don’t wantthe stress that comes with working large events ormanaging lots of people.Resource: Personal Chef Business: How to Get Started www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 26. Lunch Truck BusinessThere is a growing popularity in mobile foodbusinesses. For a business owner, it can be a lotcheaper than starting a full-fledged restaurant.Consumers get convenience - and often a fun, uniqueexperience with some of the new creative food truckconcepts.You can sell all sorts of food from a lunch truck, butoffering quick service and convenient access isessential.Several entrepreneurs have put a lot of thought intocoming up with creative company names and investingin one-of-a-kind vehicle wraps, like the Wicked ‘Wichout of Sacramento, California. This can really pay offbecause of the visual attention it attracts and the freeviral marketing it generates.Legal requirements vary by location. In some places, avendor needs a mobile food vendor license and thevehicle needs a mobile food vending unit permit.Resources: Starting a Food Truck Business Vending Trucks Vehicle Wraps & Vehicle Signage www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 27. Coffee Truck BusinessCoffee is big business. I think you can sell coffeepretty much anywhere any time of day, andpeople will buy it.We’ve seen companies like Starbuck’s bring coffeeshops to every street corner, and then add adrive-thru, to make coffee-getting even moreconvenient. Now we’re seeing trucks bringingcoffee to the customers.The key to selling coffee coffee from a truck isconvenience. Yes, people want great coffee andgood service - but they mostly want their coffee tobe where they’re at, when they want it.A coffee truck could sell coffee pretty muchanywhere, but some of the hot spots includeoutside office buildings, events, farmers markets,etc..Resources: Coffee Bean Direct: Wholesale Coffee How to Sell at Farmer’s Markets www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 28. Cupcake Truck BusinessCupcakes have jumped on the mobile food businessbandwagon. A nice feature to running a mobile foodbusiness is that you can easily jump into cateringand food delivery and open up some additionalrevenue streams for your business.When you sell in multiple locations, you can reachmore customers in different areas. You are alsoadvertising when you drive.Companies like the Cupcake Cruiser in Fort Collins,Colorado and the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck in Floridascout out different spots throughout the month andpost their locations on their website calendars.Offer unique flavors, creative designs and funkynames for your cupcakes, and you can not only getpeople’s attention - but gain a loyal following ofcustomers as well.It is likely that you will need to get a mobile foodvendor license from your city and a mobile foodvending unit permit for your vehicle. www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
  • 29. Food WriterDo you appreciate good food - as well as people andatmosphere? Writing about food can be a great wayto enjoy food and share your expertise withouthaving to cook all of the time.Restaurant reviews are valuable - to both restaurantowners and consumers. Restaurants (especially newrestaurants) appreciate the publicity, and reviewsare like a good referral to travelers (and locals).Food writers can work as independent contractors,submitting their reviews to magazines, or otherpublications. You can also start a restaurant reviewwebsite, where make your money throughcompanies who advertise on your website.You can also do freelance writing about food. Manyblog owners look for people to write articles about avariety of food topics. You can use freelancewebsites to find people looking to hire.Resources: eLance Freelance Website Food Writing Business: How to Get Started www.HomeBusinessCenter.com
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