20 Home Cooking Business Ideas To Start From Your Own Kitchen [2023]

20 Home Cooking Business Ideas To Start From Your Own Kitchen [2023]

Interested in starting a cooking from home business in 2023?

We put together 20 of the best cooking from home businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other cooking from home businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a healthy meal delivery service ($1.56M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $25,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Work from home

Cesar Quintero from Miami, Florida, USA started Fit2Go over 18 years ago, a healthy meal delivery service.

  • Revenue: $130,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

Case Study

I have an engineering degree and a corporate marketing background, and worked as a production engineer in Venezuela, specializing in logistics and project management. I also spent four years as a marketing manager in R&D for Proctor and Gamble in Latin America.

Three factors combined to fuel my move to Miami in 2005 and change my career path. First, things were economically tough in Venezuela. Second, I wanted to start a business. And finally, while I’d found weight management to be a lifelong struggle, the corporate lifestyle made it even more difficult. A hectic work schedule basically gives you two options—grab something from the vending machine or hit a fast food joint.

For a long time, I thought that being a good leader meant feigning total strength and confidence. This is a big problem with first-time and even many seasoned entrepreneurs—those negative connotations around the positive concept of vulnerability.

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2. Become a nutritionist ($42K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$600 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,506
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 3 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Haley Hughes from Anchorage, AK, USA started RDRx Nutrition about 9 years ago, a nutritionist.

  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Anchorage, AK, USA

Case Study

I have always been a strong-willed, hard-working, and sometimes stubborn person.

I’m definitely “The Achiever” on the enneagram test, so working for myself has been a great change for the most part. I stand up for what I believe in, especially when it comes to patient care.

After graduating with a Master’s degree in dietetics, completing a 2-year-long internship process and taking a huge exam I was so excited to start my career. My dream job (so I thought) was to be an intensive care unit dietitian, because I felt it would be challenging and rewarding.

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3. Start a food blog ($312K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $26,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,787
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Mason Woodruff from Austin, Texas started Kinda Healthy Recipes almost 6 years ago, a food blog.

  • Revenue: $26,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Case Study

I started the blog in 2014 while wrapping up a degree in nutrition. Instead of pursuing a postgraduate dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian, I started a personal training business. The blog was a side project and portfolio for freelance writing until 2017 when I decided to take the leap and work on it full time.

Perfect is the enemy of good. If I’d waited for perfection to start, I’d still be waiting.

While the blog was only making a few hundred dollars per month at that point, I’d read a ton of success stories and saw huge potential in blogging. So I quit everything else, cashed in enough savings to give myself a 6-month runway, and started publishing as much content as possible.

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4. Start a gift baskets business ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$550 — $125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Valentina from Brantford, ON, Canada started Really Luxe over 2 years ago, a gift baskets business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Brantford, ON, Canada

Case Study

I worked as a Sales Associate for a well-known gift shop. I loved working for the company and was very passionate and believed in the company's culture and image.

The best part of the job was helping customers choose the perfect gift, suggest engraving messages and design ideas, and organizing inventory. I worked alongside awesome and amazing people! This was the first time I actually found a job that I truly was passionate about.

After the company closed down, I was very broken-hearted. This was the time when I also realized that I loved working with people, gift wrapping, and being able to use my creative talents and skills. Since I got laid off, due to company closure, this was the perfect time on reflecting where I would like to be professionally in my life.

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5. Start a hot sauce business ($27K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,250 — $12,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Mustafa from Raleigh started Trini Pepper Sauce about 9 years ago, a hot sauce business.

  • Revenue: $2,250/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Raleigh

Case Study

My family is from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, home to a distinct and exotic cuisine.

We launched a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised over 32K, surpassing our 25K goal.

Served alongside these foods is a pepper sauce unique to every Trinidadian and Tobagonian family. My family’s pepper sauce recipe has been passed down five generations.

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6. Start a cooking class ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Monika Reti from many, USA started Hipcooks about 9 years ago, a cooking class.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: many, USA

Case Study

In true Hipcooks fashion: I’m not a culinary school graduate — I’m a hack! Here’s my story:

I’m first-generation American (Mom is from Germany and Dad from Argentina). My parents were young foreign students in the US and their friends were the other international students: I was a kid surrounded by people from different nationalities, like Spain, Russia, France, and the UK. I was a child foodie and loved to experience culture through food.

I caught the travel bug early, living in Argentina (studying economics in college), traveling through Europe, and moved to England for graduate school (I have a Master’s in Economics from LSE.) While in school, I cooked my way through a series of London restaurants in the gastro-boom of the ’90s, just for fun. My first job was on the West Coast, as an econometrician at the RAND Corporation.

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7. Start a fresh pasta making business

Examples of a successful fresh pasta making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fresh pasta making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fresh pasta making business ➜

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Examples of a successful gourmet cookie making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gourmet cookie making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gourmet cookie making business ➜

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9. Become a bed and breakfast owner

Examples of a successful bed and breakfast owner:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bed and breakfast owner:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bed and breakfast owner ➜

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10. Start a dry sweets making business

Examples of a successful dry sweets making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a dry sweets making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a dry sweets making business ➜

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11. Become a food photographer

Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Skills

Examples of a successful food photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a food photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a food photographer ➜

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12. Start a pickle business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful pickle business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pickle business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pickle business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Harris Derner and I am the co-founder of Brine Brothers, an All-Natural Premium Brine company. I started Brine Brothers in 2016 with my friend of 25+ years, Michael Belicose. Our current products are all-natural, drinkable pickle brines; ‘Darn Good Dill’ - the classic for pickle lovers and ‘Chili Cherry Fire’ - for those who like it hot. Pickle ‘brine’ (also referred to as pickle ‘juice’) is the liquid solution that transforms cucumbers into pickles.

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13. Start a homemade foods business

Examples of a successful homemade foods business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a homemade foods business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a homemade foods business ➜

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14. Become a personal chef

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$50
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 15 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful personal chef:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a personal chef:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a personal chef ➜

Case Study

I am David Buchanan, a professional chef, and owner of Chefs-Resources.com, a website geared towards providing professional chefs with free detailed culinary info (seasonality, flavor profiles, etc.) about fresh fish, oysters, and cuts of meat, as well as tons of free kitchen management articles. Paid subscribers get access to our premium kitchen management resources such as Excel sheets (prep sheets, recipe templates, ordering guides, etc.), video tutorials, and kitchen management articles.

The site is not about recipes, but I am a Chef, so here is one of my favorite personal creations...seared scallops, spring pea puree, lemon beurre blanc, fingerling potatoes, golden beets, asparagus, corn kernels.

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15. Start a bakery

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,642
Skills

Examples of a successful bakery:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bakery:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bakery ➜

Case Study

Bonjour! My name is Anthony Rosemond. I'm a Parisian chef & founder of Pastreez, an online French bakery.

We’ve sold over 1 million macarons to this date, with only a team of two.

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16. Start a candy making business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$350,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Examples of a successful candy making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a candy making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a candy making business ➜

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Hey, my name is Brandon Nolte, and I am one of the cofounders of Stello. After +8 years and +$10 million in sales in the CBD space, I decided to create a new company: Stello -- stress diffusing mint that helps you get calm and clear-minded, no matter what’s getting in your way.

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17. Open a cafe

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $108,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful cafe:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cafe:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cafe ➜

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My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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18. Start a cake business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful cake business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cake business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cake business ➜

Case Study

My name is Amanda Bradford and I own Bradford Bakery. I started in the culinary industry 15 years ago and have done everything from restaurants to the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday cake and celebrity catering events.

Our customers reach out to us because they know they are getting quality products that will meet the needs of their event and their dietary restrictions if they have any! We are a favorite of our local community and love that people are spreading the word about our business to their friends which we are seeing in our growing client list! Even in the past few months we have seen a 550% increase in our SEO on google and filled more orders for the community just by them recommending us and searching us on the web!

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19. Start a handmade chocolate business

Examples of a successful handmade chocolate business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a handmade chocolate business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a handmade chocolate business ➜

20. Start a jam production business

Examples of a successful jam production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a jam production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a jam production business ➜

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