Thursday, July 5, 2012

Five Easy Businesses You Can Start from Your Kitchen

Let’s clarify something right off the bat: no business is easy. Businesses, no matter what they do or sell, are difficult to start and maintain. They require a lot of time and effort. That said, some businesses are harder than others. When you start a business from home doing something you love and might be doing anyway, it’s a little bit easier. For people who love to cook and are good at it, starting a business from their kitchen is a lot easier than other endeavors might be. If you’re interested in earning extra money or launching a business, here are five ideas for you.

Baked Goods

While perhaps the most obvious option, baked goods can potentially be the most lucrative option, too. Everyone loves sweets, treats, and desserts. They’re used for every occasion from kid’s birthday parties to weddings to school functions, and just for satisfying sweet teeth everywhere. Right now cupcakes and cake pops in particular are very trendy, but baked goods are incredibly versatile and diverse. You can design cool cakes, bake your grandmother’s secret cookie recipe, create gift baskets, and much more. You’re only limited by your own imagination.
Baby Food

Nowadays, more and more parents want to feed their children homemade baby food rather than purchase the jars off the shelf that packed with preservatives and artificial coloring and other unknown ingredients. They prefer fresh baby food that’s free of any additives, and they also often want all-organic or all-natural. Making baby food is time consuming, though, and lots of parents just don’t have enough time to do it. You can create your own homemade jarred, organic baby foods to sell. You can also make other baby edibles like teething biscuits, yogurt, dried fruit pieces, and more.
Jams and Preserves

Everyone loves a good jam or preservative, and they’re even better when they’re homemade. If you already grow your own fruits or vegetables, consider turning them into jams and preservatives. If you don’t grow your own, you can always purchase bulk produce from local farms or greenhouses. These items are great to sell at places like farmer’s markets. Their glass jar containers can be personalized or decorated for all types of occasions.
Fresh and Dried Spices

Whether you have an indoor herb garden or lots of herb plants outside, you could turn them into a business. Learn how to pick and dry spices, and package them individually. You could even create your own seasoning mixes. Herb plants aren’t very difficult to grow, and drying them is fairly easy. You could also package fresh spices for immediate sale. Many people prefer using fresh spices, such as basil, thyme, rosemary, and more, whenever they can.
Cooking Lessons

Finally, if you’re a good enough cook to start your own business, why not try to make a living by teaching your skills to others? You could hold group or private cooking lessons in your own kitchen, and teach people how to do things you love, such as cook and decorate baked goods, make their own jams, or any other kitchen skills and techniques.
Jennifer Hawkins is a small business owner and entrepreneur who enjoys blogging and giving advice to others on how to start a small business.
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