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!
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