Home Food Business Ideas

by Donni Jones; Updated September 26, 2017
Choose food you enjoy, can make easily and profit from.

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

Offer tasty baked treats such as cinnamon rolls.

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.

Square Meals

Provide dinners for busy parents.

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

Southern foods: pork chops, mashed potatoes and green beans.

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.

About the Author

Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as FootSmart.com and KateAspen.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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