Starting a Home Based Cooking Business

Do you enjoy cooking, planning, and working with customers? Catering businesses ensure that appetizers, meals, drinks, and desserts are prepared excellently for the clients.

These services are in-demand these days for different occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, conferences, and most specially weddings. You can learn here how to start home based cooking business.

It’s easy to set up a home based cooking business. You can start with minimal capital and a handful of customers. You can also utilize existing equipment already in your kitchen and stock knowledge of cooking recipes handed down from your previous generation.

Home Based Cooking Business Guide

There is one important requirement in starting a home based cooking business – you or one of your partners must be a cook. Fortunately, most homemakers typically have this skill. If you don’t have it, make sure that you hire a dependable cook to work for you.

Basically, there are two main menus that you can offer. You can serve 3-4 dishes on a regular basis and get suggestions or requests from your clients for the rest. The key to be successful in this type of business is to keep your costs low while still maintaining the quality of food. Visit your local food and health administration authorities as well to find out about existing laws governing your cooking business. It’s best to secure appropriate licenses and permits before you start.

Home Based Cooking Business Plan

It’s ideal to begin at home when starting your business. You can experiment with different recipes and use your kitchen as a test lab. Here are recommended steps to have an outstanding Home Based Cooking Business:

  • Draft a catering business plan – you need to determine your audience, understand the competition, and specialize in the particular food you will serve.
  • Compute your start-up costs – a good way to generate capital for your business aside from your savings is to acquire a loan from the bank.
  • Develop a good menu – there are many factors to prepare a menu such as number of people to be served, type of event, and time of the party.
  • Purchase insurance for your business – this will protect you from unforeseen events and liability.
  • Food safety should be first on your mind – ensure that you’re producing safe food to keep your business operations for a long time.
  • Tag a competitive price – never charge more than your competitors at the start since you need to establish your reputation and reliability before you can get the public’s trust.

A Home Based Cooking Business can be fun and financially rewarding. Definitely, your town or area will not run out of celebrations and need for delicious food. So if you have creative presentation skills and enjoy cooking food, this business is truly worth pursuing.



  • sarabsimrat said on April 11, 2010
    A housewife want to start business from home. Kharar, punjab, india
  • srikanth said on June 22, 2010
    Planning to start similar business in Bangalore, in Andhra style and other traditional indian food. Need investors and people who can help in getting proper guidance. srikanth 9019240686 Bangalore, karnataka,
  • tiny sume said on May 21, 2011
    I live in Port Elizabeth South Africa. I would love to have investors on my home cooked meal business. I have been doing catering for more than 10yrs now. I am short of cash. Thanks
  • Linda said on December 8, 2012
    I am unemployed and need to make some money to pay for my rent. My kids suggest i start a cooling business from home to cook for people living in the complex only. Do i need some permit? And how safe would it be as people would be fetching food from my flat? Or would baking be a better option. I need some suggestions please.Thank you Linda Jhb South Africa
  • naveen arora said on December 11, 2012
    myself naveen arora , based in west delhi, India currently into printing business . looking forward for some suggestions to expand this or some new ideas . with less investments
  • Felicia said on December 27, 2012
    I am planning to start a small business in Bangalore, in catering in indian cuisines, specially south and north style. Need investors and those who can direct me. Felicia 8105012007 Bangalore
  • Ayun said on January 3, 2013
    How to start a small home based cook business in Washington DC? I will cook myself but I dont think it is safe to sell at home. What to do? How to sell?
  • Zette said on April 29, 2013
    how to start a home base cooking business in New York, I will cook & sell drinks from home where to start and how to sell?
  • mike said on May 21, 2013
    Greenbelt MD, i cook for my family and they take it to work and their employees wanted me to start selling plates and i need help on pricing and portions..
  • Aaleeha said on December 3, 2013
    i want to start home based cooking business only for corporate sector in Lahore, Pakistan
  • pavan said on March 25, 2014
    hello my name is pavan kumar from bangalore, i have a home based food catering business... we offer you all kinds of delicious south indian & south indian recipes .... so pls feel free to call if our service is needed ph- 9986146173
  • Judy Marina said on March 26, 2014
    I am planning to start a small catering business in Bangalore, south indian cuisines. Need those who can direct me. Judy 9731207203 Bangalore
  • Annie said on June 19, 2014
    I prepare some delicious low-calorie and healthy eggless multigrain cookies which will not be found in the market and multigrain cakes (with egg). I have been supplying to a corporate for meetings / conferences etc. and they have been liked by all. Would like to know if anyone would be interested in a tie-up / marketing promotion. I could be reached on 9820772817 or email
  • smita sawant said on June 22, 2014
    I am a housewife. I would like to open small caterers in my house. I cook cake nicely . I know very well about it & I cook biryani also . so plz tell me . i would like to sale in my cateres for a party & birthday party or another basis so plz guide me plzzzzzzz
  • divya behl said on August 25, 2014
    my name is divya behl. we make basen dhokla ,shimla paneer, spring rolls, gatta masala ,gujiya,and special rabri dryfruit bottle please call me aur sendmail or sms in my mobile no 9828208383 we give you lots of more item
  • Arjun Arya said on June 18, 2015
    My mother is very much keen into catering/tiffin service business, she has done some small catering services. She is best in north Indian preparation.


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