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Turn Your Cooking into a Business Venture

pastaDo you love to cook? How can you turn that into a business and become a VentureMom? Many of the moms I interview for VentureMom.com have created businesses around cooking.

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, was a major foodie but when her first baby was born she couldn’t find the time to make great meals. So she came up with a new plan. She did a lot of the prep work when her baby was napping in the afternoon. During what we moms call the witching hour, when babies and kids melt down right when you’re trying to make dinner, the Naptime Chef only had to do a few things to get her delicious meal ready. But how did she turn this into a business venture?  Kelsey’s other new mom friends, who dubbed her The Naptime Chef, wanted to know how she did it. They were leaving play group to order take out. So Kelsey began sharing her recipes with them and then started a blog so it would be easier to share with larger groups. She was asked to write for a national blog and then to create a cookbook. So what began as a way to make home cooked meals with a new baby became a business venture.

tomato saladAnother mom made delicious gluten free meals for her family and when her neighbor asked her to make some of her dishes for her nutrition clients, Jen Maher fell into a business venture. What started as a service for a nutritionist, quickly turned into a service venture providing gluten free meals to her own clients. Jen delivers a weekly menu by email and take orders two days in advance. She offers kid and adult meals, lunch and dinner. She’s gotten so busy she’s had to hire a helper and a delivery person.

What about a service for all the busy moms who are carpooling kids until 6 pm and get home to an empty refrigerator. What if there were three ceramic dishes of a meat, vegetable and starch in your refrigerator ready to pop in the oven. You might say The Cooking Fairy had been there. Joanna Wallis began by sharing her meals with a few friends and even going to their homes to cook. But when she got so many requests for dishes, she found a commercial kitchen where she could prepare things for her clients. Now she is busy each week, but cooks while her own kids are in school. She delivers delicious meals that are ready to heat when you get home. We could all use a little of this magic.

Are you a great cook? Would you like to share your recipes and meals with others? Does this sound like a business venture you could start? Look at how these three women did just that. Read their full stories on VentureMom.com and reach out to them or me for advice.  [email protected]  Holly Hurd

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One Response to Turn Your Cooking into a Business Venture

  1. Allison Hughes-Randall
    Allison Hughes-Randall February 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

    FYI: In Connecticut, you can only have a LEGAL food-based business if you are making (cooking or baking) your food in a commercial grade kitchen and selling for a profit. Each town’s health department has it’s own set of rules as to food businesses, and large fines can be given if there is a failure to adhere to said rules. I’d hate for anyone to find themselves in a bad situation..

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