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Busy mums today often feel swamped with responsibilities at home, but that does not mean they aren’t looking for ways to indulge their own passions. Taking care to spend time on those hobbies that inspire and motivate us is just one way mums can make sure they stay at their best, and for many of us with little ones running around, that means turning their attention to the kitchen.

Gone are the days when cooking is a completely utilitarian practice, done just to get a meal on the table and food in your family’s mouths. Instead, many mothers take time and care when putting together a weekly meal plan, using locally sourced ingredients and trying out unique flavours to put together dishes that not only nourish, but also inspire.

If you’re someone who can’t wait to get into the kitchen to whip up something new, there’s another advantage as well: now more than ever it is incredibly easy to turn this love of cooking into a successful food business at home.

Step one: What will your business be?

The first part of any business model is figuring out the nuts and bolts. For an at-home business, this can be even more important. An at-home food business offers several options you can choose from. You can create pre-packaged lunches to sell door-to-door to local businesses at lunch time. You can create a food stand or even food truck type business. You can teach cooking classes from your own kitchen for other busy mums. You can even start up a small catering business, cooking at home and bringing in trays of food to your new clients. The number of options are only limited by your imagination, but figure this part out first so you know exactly what your new at-home business will need to get off the ground.

Step two: Creating an efficient system

Food prep takes planning, and an efficient system will be key to any successful food business. This means keeping on hand tools of the trade to make your job easier. For example, if you are looking to keep costs down (and really, who isn’t?) you may benefit from buying your ingredients in bulk. Of course, you don’t want these items to spoil, so investing in a good vacuum packer or food vacuum sealing system is an ideal option. Even still, some waste is inevitable, so setting up an easy food waste recycling system, like bins or a compost pile, can help you know you are feeding the soul while protecting the planet! And while you’re bulk shopping, don’t forget those items like tin trays, tin baking sheets, cooking wrap etc to help you get the job done.

Step three: Letting your creativity shine through

The benefits for stay at home mums can be clear to see when it comes to setting up an at-home food business, but don’t let it all get too perfunctory: remember why you got started in the first place. Your passion for cooking is what will really sell your food to new clients and patrons, so make sure to fall back on those tastes and ingredients you love.

Don’t try to be someone you’re not or jump onto the latest food trend. Serving up wholesome, delicious food that speaks to your taste will make all the difference. Good luck!

Have you thought about creating a business from food! Please share in the comments below.

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  • Check out this site to know more about starting a food business on our own. https://vakilsearch.com/starting-food-business

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  • This opportunity is especially for moms like us.

    This is about how to start a food business on our OWN

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  • i know someone who has been doing this for years.

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  • I couldn’t do this. We live rurally, I don’t drive and we don’t have a second car and people are too lazy to come here to pick stuff up :(

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  • While this is a great and inspiring article, I feel like it left out the most important fact and that is that you can’t just cook at home and sell it without having all the legals in place first. There are many health and safety regulations and food handling licences that need to be considered before any cooking business takes place.

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  • Wish this sort of comment was around 30 years ago. Too old now to do it, but can see it could be a very profitable business.

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  • This is a great idea but needs serious preparation and planning like any other business. Quite a few mums at my daughters’ school are running cupcake businesses from home.
    Instructions on what you need to start a food business is available on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website:
    http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/ip/starting-a-food-business

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  • I love cooking and baking and also are an excellent seamstress, but I’m not the buseniss type. I prefer to bless my family, friends and neighbours with what I make.

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  • Not a food business as such but a jams, relish, chutney and sauce business. I also plan on selling a range of specially homemade/scented bath salts, bath bombs and bath tea bags.

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  • I would love to work from home, it is difficult finding something that will work. This is a great idea :)

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  • I don’t mind cooking for friends, lots of guests, and for parties, etc. but I couldn’t do this as a business. There are so many legal things to bear in mind these days – that’s why a lot of schools don’t have cake stalls anymore.

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  • If I started one I would concentrate on Gluten free food for those who get really ill if they consume food or drinks containing gluten. I would so ensure that the gluten free food didn’t come in contact with food containing gluten at all. That includes not using the same cooking containers, utensiles including spoons, knives etc. unless they are thoroughly washed and cleaned beforehand.

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  • Although I love love cooking, this sounds very hard and I fear that I will stress too much!

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  • Also regulations and food and hygiene need to be covered. Needs to be legal and covered by insurance too.

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  • I have been seriously considering this idea. I have been thinking of cooking good hearty food and setting up in a lower socioeconomic area to sell food that is good and healthy to those who sometimes do not have the knowledge or means to create. I would love to market it and keep it low price but not knowing where to start stunted me. However your article has given me more direction.

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