Home Food Business Ideas

Choose food you enjoy, can make easily and profit from.
Choose food you enjoy, can make easily and profit from. (Image: cooking time image by VisualEyez from Fotolia.com)

Everyone needs to eat, so selling food is a good way to make money. One convenient way to capitalize on this is with a business selling food out of your home. The first step is choosing what kind of cuisine to build your business around. Decide what would be the easiest for you to make and the most profitable to sell.

Sugar Shoppe

One possibility is tempting the sweet tooth. Sell homemade candy such as fudge, marzipan, peanut brittle and candied apples; or tasty baked treats such as dessert breads, cinnamon rolls, pies, muffins, cupcakes, tarts, scones and layer cakes.

When holidays are coming up, sell sugar cookies decorated accordingly: with ghosts and goblins for Halloween, turkeys and pies for Thanksgiving, reindeer and ornaments for Christmas, flags and exploding firecrackers for the Fourth of July, and hearts and “I Love You” for Valentine’s Day.

Sell your foodstuffs individually, take large orders for holidays and parties, and make gift baskets for birthdays.

Offer tasty baked treats such as cinnamon rolls.
Offer tasty baked treats such as cinnamon rolls. (Image: cinnamon rolls image by Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.com)

Square Meals

Hungry families always enjoy a healthy, home-cooked meal at the end of the day. But busy parents don’t always have time to make them. Therefore, a business selling dinners can turn a good profit, allowing mom or dad to quickly drop by and pick up dinner on the way home.

To keep it simple, offer only two or three menu choices, or however many you feel you can handle without complications. For variety, switch your menus every month. For example, in January: Roast Chicken, Herbed Rice, Peas and Carrots, Chocolate Chip Cookies; or, Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Garden Salad, Strawberry Shortcake; or, Beef Fajitas, Rice and Beans, and Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits.

Provide dinners for busy parents.
Provide dinners for busy parents. (Image: family image by Linda Mattson from Fotolia.com)

Regional Fare

Another idea for selling home-cooked meals is to base your menus on a certain style of cuisine. This works well if there are several delicious recipes passed down in your Italian or Vietnamese or Cuban family for generations, or if you just want to specialize in Japanese or Mexican or French food.

For example, your southern foods-based business could sell dinners such as Barbecued Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Sweet Potato Pie; or Oven-Fried Pork Chops, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans and Banana Pudding; or Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens and Peach Cobbler.

Southern foods: pork chops, mashed potatoes and green beans.
Southern foods: pork chops, mashed potatoes and green beans. (Image: pork chop dinner image by TheSupe87 from Fotolia.com)

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