Health food is no longer a fad. Whole grain, natural and organic health foods are now easily obtainable in stores. When you start a health food home based business, you'll have the advantage of a huge potential market: everyone who wants to stay or get healthy. Here are practical tips for starting a health food home based business.
Research health and nutrition as well as food science. You'll need to know your subject to market it. Learn about whole grains, organic foods, and natural and artificial ingredients.
Decide on a product or products to start. Figure out what the market needs and what is popular right now. Narrow down an angle or slant for your lead products, such as vegan baked goodies, whole wheat products, gluten-free products, energy products, etc.
Decide whether you will be making your own health food or distributing health food products made by others. Research FDA (Food and Drug Administration) policies and the federal and local laws you must comply with when you produce your own health food to market.
Start a health food home based business online. An online business has low overhead and is convenient. Plan to sell your health food products online.
Browse the Internet and examine other health food retailers online to learn what the competition is offering and to get inspired about your own business goals.
Take out a loan or get the cash funds needed to start a home based business in health food. Expect to need several thousand dollars to start. Open a business checking account.
Now invest. Buy any supplies you'll need, such as packaging and labeling supplies, office supplies, computer supplies, and shipping supplies. Buy ingredients and baking and cooking equipment if you are going to make your own products. Save all your receipts for when you do your accounting.
Perfect your health food recipes or make arrangements with health food manufacturers to purchase their products wholesale and distribute them. If you're making your own health food, get people you know to taste test different recipes.
Name your business. Choose a business name that's catchy and appetizing. Think of appealing names and slogans for your products, too.
Hire experts. Hire a web designer, a web content writer, and a logo artist to design the perfect website storefront for your home based health food business.
Choose a payment system for your store. Will you use shopping cart software such as OSCommerce? Will you go with Paypal? Will you accept credit cards? Apply for a merchant credit card account if you need to accept payments directly.
Register for a business license and pay any required license fees. Promote your health food home based business even before your website goes live.