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:

  • dessert breads
  • cinnamon rolls
  • pies
  • muffins
  • cupcakes
  • tarts
  • scones
  • layer cakes

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.

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.