46 Great Home-Based Food Business Ideas for 2020

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This is the very first article on my new website, FoodBusinessPros.com and it’s a great place to start your search for a home-based business that focuses on your love of food and cooking.

I’ve been self-employed my entire life, and my wife and I have supported our family with home-based food businesses for the past 15 years. Now we’re sharing our real-life experiences, to make your path to where we are now a lot easier than the one we took.

If you want to learn more about our journey, be sure to check out the About Stacey page on our website.

Below we’ve made a list of 43 ways that you could make a living from the comfort of your own home with a food-related business. We have first-hand experience with many of these food business ideas, and for those that we don’t, we’ve done very similar things.

But first, let me tell you a little more about this list.

Who is The List of Home-Based Food Business Ideas For?

Honestly, we made this list of ideas for people who are pretty much like me and my wife.

Seventeen years ago my wife and I were sweethearts who were just beginning to plan our lives together. We were busy dreaming about how many kids we’d have, if we’d home-school or not, and if we’d both work or just one of us.

Even though we didn’t have all of the answers to what our future would look like, we knew that our ‘normal’ jobs were going to stand in the way of our dreams.

At the time, we both had regular jobs plus some side-hustles for extra income. Sometimes we traveled for work and we nearly always worked more hours than would make sense to us when we had children.

So we started dreaming of a better way to support our family while we raised our own babies.

With that dream, we started our first food-based businesses: Magic Meals Personal Chefs and Magic Meals Produce (a small market garden). Honestly, there was a lot of trial and error in those first few years. But by the end of the second year, we both left our ‘normal’ jobs.

And that was just the beginning.

Since then we’ve made a decent living gardening, cooking, and raising our family from the comfort of our own home. And nowadays that living has gotten even more comfortable.

So are you like us?

Do you love food? Do you dream of working from home? Are you willing to work hard and learn a lot of new skills?

If so, then you are like us and this list is for you.

46 Home Based Food Business Ideas

The List of Home-Based Food Business Ideas

  1. Meal Prep Delivery Business
  2. Food & Recipe Blogger
  3. Health Blogger
  4. Private Chef
  5. Personal Chef
  6. Personal Fitness Chef
  7. Food Truck
  8. Baker
  9. Food Critic
  10. Recipe Developer
  11. Cook Book Author
  12. Health & Nutrition Coach
  13. Personal Grocery Shopper
  14. Secret Supper Club
  15. Food Photographer
  16. Food YouTuber
  17. Personalized Meal Prep Planner
  18. Meal Prep Club
  19. Personal Assistant to Bloggers
  20. Teach Cooking Classes
  21. Sell Spice Mixes & Seasonings
  22. Sell BBQ Sauce
  23. Catering
  24. Market Farmer
  25. Grow & Sell Herbs
  26. Grow & Sell Flowers
  27. Garden Blogger
  28. Food Party Planner
  29. AirBNB Food Experience Host
  30. AirBNB Rental With A Foodie Focus
  31. Mushroom Farm
  32. Mobile Bartender
  33. Cake Decorating Classes
  34. Sell Hot Sauce
  35. Pet Food Bakery
  36. Popup Restaurant
  37. Catering Equipment Rental
  38. Commercial Kitchen Rental
  39. Local Restaurant & Caterer Online Guide
  40. Romantic Catering Experts
  41. Honey & Honey Product Producers
  42. Cooking Contest Organizer
  43. Food Event Organizer
  44. Restaurant Mystery Shopper
  45. Meal Bowl Delivery Business
  46. Vending Machine Owner

Over the coming months, I’m going to detail each of these ideas with the real-life experience garnered over the last 15 years of making a living in the home-based food business.

My goal here is to help you get from knowing nothing to having the knowledge you need to start your own foodie business with as little trial and error as possible.

If Angela and I had a guide when we started, we’d have saved ourselves lots of self-induced pain. I want to be that guide for you.

For each of these business models, and probably some more that we’ve overlooked, we are going to help you figure out how to get from knowing nothing to running your own business.

We want to answer the questions that you don’t even know you need to ask!

Some of the questions we plan to answer for each business model include:

  • An overview of what that business would look like in your life.
  • How to know if that business would work for you.
  • Will it work in your community?
  • Will it work in your home?
  • Helping you figure out the costs to start & the potential profit.
  • Walking you through what you need to do to get licensed to run that particular business.
  • A step-by-step guide to setting your business up.
  • A step-by-step guide to building a business website that works.
  • Details on pricing your products and services.
  • A step-by-step guide to marketing your business.
  • And more…

Does that sound like something that would help you achieve your dreams? If so, I want to invite you to be part of our foodie tribe.

But first, I need a little help so I can focus on the content that is most in-demand. Will you do these three things for me right now?

  1. Go to the comments below and tell me which business ideas you’d like me to detail out first. In the comments, list of all of the business models that you are interested in learning more about.
  2. Share this article on Social Media. The more people who are asking for help, the more passion I’ll have to find the time to make this happen.
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    With over 15 years of experience starting, running, and growing home-based food businesses, Stacey is the #1 home-based food business coach in America. Stacey is the author of the Advantage Meals: By The Numbers Book.

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