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10 Ways to Make Money From Your Kitchen

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Make money from your kitchen

Make money from your kitchen

How to Make Money from Your Kitchen

Do you love the idea of working from home but wonder if you can make enough money to support yourself? Many people who opt to work from home have similar feelings. Today I would like to suggest some ideas on how you can generate cash right from your own kitchen.

Although cooking will be a big part of it, it isn't the only way to make cash.
Take a look at these seven mouth-watering ideas and see which appeals to you.

*Always remember to check city, state, and federal laws concerning food preparation for public consumption.*

Making Jam

Making Jam

1. Canning for Profit

How are your canning skills? Some people grow a bumper crop of fruits and vegetables and end up giving them away. Offer to can their bountiful harvest for them. If they provide the supplies such as jars and fruits or vegetables you can do the work. They then will pay you for doing their canning.

Let's face it, some people are good in the garden and others are good in the kitchen. If you want you can opt to have some of the canned goods instead of the cash.

Although canning for others is one option, you could buy the fruit or vegetables, in season of course, and can these for resale. If they are placed in a nice jar and decorated they are a popular seller. These would also sell well at a farmers market. Use social media to get the word out about what you have. An online friend of mine sells pickled green tomatoes, mixed chilies, and a hot peach sauce. She does this by putting a message out via social media and sells out quickly.


2. Rent Out Your Kitchen

Have you ever considered renting out your kitchen? if you live near a television studio, they may use your kitchen instead of creating one on-site. Contact the nearby stations and suggest your idea.

Alternatively, there may be budding video and filmmakers who are just getting started but don't want to use their own kitchen for whatever reason. This is where your networking skills can come in useful. Contact people you know and explain what you would like to do. Often it may be a friend of a friend, who requires somewhere to shoot a cooking video or needs a kitchen as a background.

Teach cooking techniques

Teach cooking techniques

3. Cooking Lessons

How are your cooking skills? Could you teach other people how to cook? These don't have to be elaborate meals; many people lack the basic knowledge of cooking—lessons such as how to make a simple meal or even decorate cakes.

These lessons could be taught either one to one or with a few people. Keep your numbers small and personal. These can also be taught via the internet. Make a cooking video and upload it on YouTube. Once you reach a certain number of followers and views, ads will be placed on your video. Trust me on this, cooking videos are watched! Perhaps you have a special dish that others struggle with, can you show someone how to create this? If so, get it videoed and start earning from it.

Take a look at the video below and take note of how many times this simple video has been viewed.

4. Pampered Chef Products

Are you a Pampered Chef representative? Use your own kitchen as a way of promoting your products. There is no better way to show how well a product performs than using it yourself.

If you have a friend who is an agent for Pampered Chef (a multi-level marketing company) suggest your kitchen or your catering services for the Pampered Chef party. This will then leave the hostess available to do the selling while you are busy using the products.

5. Cook Meals for the Elderly

Consider making meals for the elderly. There are companies, sometimes funded by charities or by the local council, that will provide and deliver meals a few times a week to elderly people in the community. These would need to be balanced meals throughout the week. Contacting your local council would be a good place to start to see what types of foods you would need to cook and how much you can charge.

When my mother suggested this I thought it was a wonderful idea. She would receive several meals at once. Breakfast and dinner were provided and some were to eat that day and others were to be frozen. For me, it was a way to ensure my mother ate enough and was eating a balanced diet.

6. Cooking for Expats

Does your community have many expats living there? It could be that they are missing the home cooking from their country. Where I live in Brazil, it is difficult to find certain types of foods that are European. There are now a few people who have started making European-style breads. These are selling well to the community of foreigners here. Other items such as German sausages and patés are also being made by foreigners who have seen an opening in the market.

When I lived in Britain, there was a woman outside the Brazilian Embassy who sold Brazilian food to all the foreign nationals visiting the embassy and the workers there.

7. Enter Cooking Contests

There are many cooking contests sponsored by various food manufacturers. Inventing recipes using their product can be very lucrative. Some will require only the recipe, others would like a photo of the end product.

If you are the creative type, this is a must for you. Any type of contest which requires doing something more than just filling out a form, such as cooking, always receives fewer entries, therefore the chances of winning a prize are greater.

The prizes on offer can be cash, appliances, or even a new kitchen.

8. Start a Food Blog

Recipes are some of the most viewed pages on the internet. We all eat, and we are all looking for new recipes. Consider earning money by writing a food blog.

When I first began writing articles on the internet, I wasn't sure if my writing was going to be acceptable for publishing. I used a program called Grammarly. This corrected my errors and checked the internet to make sure I wasn't inadvertently using material I had read somewhere else. This program gave me the confidence to begin my writing career.

9. Make Money at Christmas

Christmas should be a bumper time of year for you. Everyone loves home-baked goods but often don't have the time for baking them. This is where you can come into your own, offering unique items such as Christmas cookies or gingerbread houses.

10. Salt Dough Crafts

Have you ever made ornaments or other craft items using salt dough? These wonderful salt dough crafts are very commercial and can be sold on sites such as Etsy, at craft fairs, or at boutiques. They also work well when used as part of a gift basket. See the video below to learn how to make Christmas salt dough ornaments.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2013 Mary Wickison


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 28, 2013:

Hello Teaches,

There are many people who lack necessary skills such as cooking. Skills that years ago would have been taught in the home, are sadly now left to others. Judging by the amount of cooking shows, there is definitely a market there and the personal touch is always better.

Thanks for your comment.

Dianna Mendez on May 27, 2013:

I think I would enjoy teaching someone how to cook. It would be fun and love the opportunity to help someone learn a good skill.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 22, 2013:


I am glad you enjoyed it. It is always good to have a bit of inspiration for the tough times. Sometimes when things get financially stretched, it is difficult to think of what to do.

Wonderful to hear from you.

RTalloni on April 22, 2013:

How interesting! Well worth reading. I had a difficult time deciding on how to vote because every single one of the choices would work beautifully in this area and I couldn't think of an "other" choice. Good stuff for people to consider in these economic times!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 22, 2013:

Hello MsDora,

Thank you for your kind words and the vote. Glad you liked it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 22, 2013:

I don't like the kitchen, but making meals for the elderly would appeal to me. This is an excellent hub with fresh, practical ideas. Voted Up!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 20, 2013:

Hello Kschang,

Thank you for reminding me about this. I haven't been in the States for many years and many things have changed in that time. Oh if we could turn back the clock! I will be making a revision concerning this.

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 20, 2013:

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for mentioning that. Here in rural Brazil, let's just say the food regulations in this part are rather lax. I will make a note about this in my hub.

Thank you for the vote and sharing.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 20, 2013:

You can't beat home cooking! I remember a friend of my son's came to dinner at our house. When he saw me cutting potatoes to make french fries he exclaimed, "You use real potatoes?" The funny thing is he went on to be a chef!

Thank you for your wonderful comment and insight into a fast disappearing way of life.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 20, 2013:

Hello Donnah

Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you enjoyed it.

Have a great weekend.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on April 20, 2013:

Great ideas for those with a bit of talent in the kitchen. :)

Edwin Brown from Oregon, USA on April 20, 2013:

What a wonderful hub! My mother was a fantastic cook, and I think we kids were spoiled, but some of my friends, when they got a chance to eat with us, were pleasantly stunned by the delicious dishes.

Mom was a farm girl growing up in the hardscrabble state of Oklahoma during the dust bowl years. Her cooking skills were learned after she got married, as she was one of the "farm girls" of the family while at home and knew all about how to garden and care for the cows and chickens and much less about the kitchen.

She learned quick, using a lot of the same recipes her mother had employed. Good ole "home cookin' ".

Stephanie Launiu from Hawai'i on April 20, 2013:

What a creative and delightful hub. Here in Hawaii there are health laws that prevent full use of a personal kitchen to make food sold to the public, but many of your ideas can be done successfully (salt dough crafts, publishing recipes tested in your kitchen, etc.) Voted up, interesting, useful, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

kschang from San Francisco, CA, USA on April 20, 2013:

Make sure it is actually legal to sell privately prepared food to the public in your area as a commercial business. It is ILLEGAL to sell home-made cookies to the public in some areas (bake sales, non-profit, are exempt)