Turn your passion for cooking into something profitable. With the internet and digital technology, you can now easily make money from cooking (and more) at home.
We are not just talking about literally cooking meals and recipes, but a lot of other ways you can earn using your passion for cooking.
In an article published by Good Housekeeping, it says that now more than ever, people are cooking at home. With the current situation in the country and in the world, people are stuck at home, and what better way to make use of your time than learn something new, right? No wonder why virtual cooking courses suddenly sprouted, and it’s all over the internet.
While it is great and #goals to be taught by world-class chefs, some people cannot afford to attend such classes. Thus, they look for alternative choices, which is a great opportunity for you or those people who have cooking skills.
Apart from the fact that you are able to share your knowledge and expertise in cooking, you also get to make money from doing something that you love, something that you are passionate about.
Sounds interesting? Well, we got you covered!
WAYS ON HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM COOKING AT HOME
Today, we are going to share with you a few ways on how you can make money cooking at home.
Yes, as we have mentioned earlier, there are a lot of ways you can make money cooking at home, and here is a more thorough list of options:
1. Organize an Online Cooking Class
Earlier, we shared with you how people these days are clamoring for things to do, or new things to learn. Cooking is definitely one of them.
With a lot of us being stuck at home, and with so much extra time left after a day’s work, getting into something like a cooking class would be very worth it.
And you, as someone who is knowledgeable about cooking, you got to take advantage of this opportunity not just to share what you know, but to make money as well. You know, extra income for yourself or your family, or in some cases (especially those who lost jobs), a new means of making a living.
Anyway, since everyone’s stuck at home, you cannot do the usual cooking class. Thus, you make use of technology and invite people to attend an online cooking class instead.
Before you jump off with the cooking class though, it would be appropriate and more professional, if you come up with a series of different types of cooking classes.
You can start with the basics of cooking, and then head on to creating programs for healthy meals for kids and families, or you can be as specific as pasta-making, beef recipes, seafood recipes, etc.
The more organized your cooking classes are, the better. Also, always make it a point that what you offer is worth the penny your students are paying for.
By the way, for this option, you can start offering a class with your family and friends, and then get feedback, and once you are ready, offer it to a larger audience. You can use social media platforms to invite more students to join your cooking classes.
2. Teach in a Cooking Class
While some of us are confident enough to do it themselves (option number 1), others may feel like they are not ready for it yet.
If that is the case, do not lose hope. There’s one more way you can teach and share your cooking prowess without having to deal with everything by yourself.
You want to consider working as an instructor in an existing cooking class instead of the ones offered by the Healthy Hands Cooking instructor program. By being part of this program, instructors get to keep 90% of what they earn from their demos and classes.
However, to be a Healthy Hands Instructor, you will need to take the course, which costs $1,995 plus a monthly fee of $75 to maintain your certification.
The course is comprised of 11 units, and as a program participant, you will learn essential information like basics of teaching others how to cook, food safety, as well as licensing, and permits. You will also be taught about how to market their cooking instructor business.
By the end of the program, you will become a certified Healthy Hands Instructor. This one’s an ideal option for those who are not that sure of their skills or knowledge on cooking, at the same time, have spare money to pay for the fees.
Before moving on to the next, here’s a video by Money Talks News wherein they share about how you can make your home into a restaurant. A clever idea, but definitely profitable. Check this out by clicking the play button below:
3. Make Money as a Recipe Writer
Some people are blessed enough to have both cooking and writing skills. Imagine combining both and then earning from doing so. Isn’t that the best job ever?
As a recipe writer, you must be able to capture all the ingredients, the steps, as well as the details of a dish or recipe. That way, your readers are able to replicate it successfully.
Fun fact, a lot of cookbook authors out there (yes, even prestigious ones) employ recipe writers to help them explain and detail the essential steps in recreating recipes.
To be a recipe writer, you can either look for opportunities or post your services online through job listing sites like Upwork and Fiverr. You may also find recipe writing gigs for print magazines, or work for a food blog site.
How much you earn as a recipe writer depends on various factors like your expertise, experience, etc.
4. Be a Food Blogger
Another way to make money cooking at home is by becoming a food blogger. Blogging is ideal for passionate food writers.
By building your own food blog, you are able to showcase both your writing and cooking skills.
Having a food blog is not as tricky as you think. In fact, a lot of website platforms like WordPress have become really easy to navigate. In just a few clicks, you can launch your very own blog site.
Ideally, as a food blogger, you choose and focus on a particular niche. That’s better than having a cluttered blog and talking about anything and everything. The more focused your food blog is, the better. It will also help make life easier for you.
There are a lot of successful food bloggers out there where you can get inspiration from. Some of them started as a part-time food blogger, but in a few years, have managed to work on their blogs full-time — because it’s earning.
Yes, it is absolutely possible to make food blogging a full-time career. You just have to learn and work around with it the best way possible.
5. Launch a Food Vlog
Vlogging or video blogging is “in”. These days, people love watching videos on YouTube. It’s actually becoming like Google nowadays — especially with the younger generation.
Anyway, vlogging is ideal for those who are not that confident with writing or do not have excellent writing skills to push through with a blog. It’s also appropriate for people who are not camera shy.
Basically, you just need to sign up on YouTube or other similar platforms, and then create your cooking videos!
To be successful in vlogging, apart from good content, you also need the right equipment. Having a good quality camera is key. But, you can always start from the bottom, and slowly upgrade as the need arises.
Similar to blogging, it would be ideal if you focus on a particular niche instead of doing everything.
Also, just like running a blog, video blogging on YouTube per se makes really good money. The secret though is ensuring you have people watching your videos, and of course, the number of subscribers. It may sound a lot of work, but, once you’re at it, it sure is fun. Needless to say, very profitable.
With food vlogging, you can earn either through advertisements or through collaborations – very similar really to how you earn money from blogging as well.
6. Sell Online
One of the best ways to make money cooking at home is, of course, selling food.
Ideally, you create a particular dish that is unique to you or a specialty. Otherwise, you may also consider coming up with a specific menu that you are confident about, and start selling it to close family and friends.
From there, you can slowly reach a bigger market like selling to the neighborhood, or your local community.
If you are eyeing for a larger market, though, you may consider selling your goodies to different online marketplaces like Goldbely, which is a carefully curated food delivery service provider.
Since social media plays a huge role in businesses these days, also make sure to put up a social media page (Facebook and Instagram in particular) for your cooked goodies. That way, it would be easier for people to look for you.
7. Do Direct Selling
For those who are still unsure about selling their personal dishes or specialty, another option to make money cooking at home is by direct selling.
Fortunately, there are a lot of home-based direct-sales business opportunities for food lovers. Some of the options include:
- Tastefully Simple – As a consultant, you get to sell yummy, easy-to-make types of food like sauces, dips, as well as seasonings, and meal kits. Initially, you buy a meal kit worth $69.95-$200 and pay $39.95 as a joining fee. Once you’re part of it, you are given tools you need in order to make money. You can earn up to 40% commission on sales as well as additional bonuses.
- Java Momma – If you are a tea or coffee lover, this one’s ideal for you. Java Momma offers flavored coffee, fair-trade coffee, cocoa, loose-leaf, as well as accessories in a wide variety of flavors. You earn 20% commission on sales plus additional commissions on team sales. Similar to the above, you also need to purchase starter kits to join.
- Traveling Vineyard – This one’s an ideal option for wine lovers. To join Traveling Vineyard, you will need to buy what they call as Success Kit, which comes with two tasting sets at $189. After purchasing, you will get your own Personal Estate Website, which you can enjoy for free for the first three months and $15.95 a month thereafter. As a wine guide, you can earn a 15% to 35% commission depending on monthly sales.
Again, these are just some examples that you can check out. There are absolutely a lot more options out there. It’s just finding what suits you best in order to succeed in this kind of money-making through food.
8. Watch Cooking Shows
Guess what? You can earn by simply watching cooking shows!
Yes, you read it right. You can make money from watching cooking shows at home. In particular, you basically earn points on Swagbucks by watching shows on their video channel.
To be able to watch and earn points, you need to log in. Because of watching cooking shows, you earn SBs, which you can exchange for payment through PayPal, or if you prefer gift cards to your favorite stores, you may opt for that as well.
This will not make you rich, though, and definitely not something that you can work full-time. However, it’s a nice way of adding some extra money into your pocket.
9. Be a Personal Chef
Unlike the previous choices we mentioned, this may require you to go out of the house from time to time.
As a personal chef, you offer services either for a special event, or you help cook, cater, or host your client’s party or get-together.
To be brutally honest, becoming a personal chef is actually one of the best ways to make money cooking at home.
As a personal chef, in most cases, you cook everything at home and then deliver it to your client. But then again, depending on the requirement, your client may want you to cook on location.
What’s nice, though, about being a personal chef is that you get to set your own prices, you also are able to work on your preferred number of clients, and you get to specialize your own cooking style.
To be successful in this kind of business, the most effective marketing strategy is by word of mouth, which means you have to perform really well and provide your clients with the best food possible. That way you get recommendations, which will eventually help widen your client base.
Eventually, when you have established a clientele, you may also consider building your own website, come up with business cards, and of course, be visible on major social media platforms so people will get to find you easily.
ADDITIONAL TIPS ON MAKING MONEY FROM COOKING AT HOME
Apart from finding ways to make money cooking at home, it is also important that you take into consideration the following factors:
- Passion – Surely, there are a lot of ways to make money from cooking at home, but how do you ensure success? The answer to that is – find your passion. Of course, setting aside your passion for cooking, what else are you passionate about? Earlier we mentioned about writing, we also mentioned sales and marketing, as well as teaching. Incorporate both passions and you will surely succeed.
- Legalities – Putting up a business from home may require some legalities depending on where you live. So, before you even offer your food or services to a larger market, make sure to ask local authorities first on how to go about selling or making money from home.
- Target Market – One thing you need to take into consideration when coming up with a business idea (in general) is your target market. You need to make sure that there is a specific group of people who will buy the food that you are selling. Otherwise, it would be hard to market and sell your product.
- Equipment – Surely, you can work with whatever you have at home, but if you are going to take the food business seriously, you have to invest with the right cooking equipment eventually. Meanwhile, if you opt to run a food blog, you have to have a reliable computer and internet connection. If you pursue vlogging, you need a high-quality camera. The equipment you need basically depends on what you are pursuing.
- Packaging – If you are going to sell food or you are going to be a personal chef, you have to work on your packaging as well. One thing about food is that you have to have an efficient packaging to avoid spilling or spoilage of food. So, before you even put your food items for sale, make sure you have already figured out how the packaging will be.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MAKE MONEY COOKING AT HOME
With the current situation we are in, it’s so hard to tell when we are going back to how our lives were back then. Though we are still clueless, it does not mean we have to stop living our lives. We still have bills to pay, and we still need to put food on the table.
Thus, it is just right that we come up with ideas on how we can make money even while we are at comforts of our home, and obviously, one of them is through our love for cooking.
Are you looking for a means to earn a living while at home?