How to Sell Food Items Online

by Greg Lindberg; Updated September 26, 2017

If you make food as a baker or food supplier, then get more customers by creating a website to sell your food items online. Even if you’re not a professional but you make special foods that friends and family enjoy, consider selling online. To be able to get the appropriate permit from the Department of Health, you need a record of all of the ingredients in your food items.

Items you will need

  • Freezer
  • Storage
  • Packaging
  • Website
Step 1

Decide your target audience. For example, if you’re selling baked goods such as cookies or brownies, this factors into how you promote your website.

Step 2

Contact the Department of Health and register as a baker or food supplier (See References). The department will make sure that you meet all regulations and standards. Once your registration is complete, you will receive your permit for a home food supplier business.

Step 3

Purchase a large freezer. Make sure that you have all of the proper storage and cooking equipment for the food you’ll be selling. Be prepared for large orders.

Step 4

Purchase packaging suitable for sending your food to online customers. Such packaging could include Styrofoam and thick boxes to prevent the food from moving around. Test by sending a package to a friend.

Step 5

Create a website that that includes pictures of each food item, prices and delivery methods. Be as simple as possible. A professional photographer's work may be more polished than pictures you take yourself.

Step 6

Create a PayPal account specifically for the website. Sign up for a PayPal business account and get the code for a PayPal button to add to your website.