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Developing and coming up with a marketing plan that interests you involves research and planning. If you also share a passion for food, here are some tips and ideas to jump-start your online WAHM experience.

Turn Your Talents And Food Related Ideas Into A WAHM Job

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The time is drawing near and I’ll soon be retiring from after working 30 years in a combination of public and private sector service.  My company is offering a Golden Handshake.  With the support of my husband, I’ve made the decision to get out now and secure my health and retirement benefits in their current form.  I’ve Tweeted that I recently drafted my formal resignation letter (which is still sitting on my hard drive at the office though!)  I’ll be working full-time from home and being my own boss.

Whether you’re a young mom off-ramping from corporate America to stay home and take care of the kids, or a Baby Boomer in the job market for a second career like myself, here’s the big question:  What should you do? I’ve been preparing for almost 2 years for this day which is why I got a head-start working at home online.  It takes time and soul-searching to see what kind of work best fits your lifestyle and what level of income you’d like to maintain.

recipecindibanner2-125xOver the years of cooking for family and hosting both casual as well as elegant social gatherings, I’ve parlayed that interest into writing a new foodie Recipe Blog, Moomettesgram’s Favorite Recipes.

If you also share a passion for food, here are some tips and ideas to jump-start your online WAHM experience.

Give Cooking Classes

I’ve written in the past that home economics should still be taught to middle and high school students as a lot of people don’t even have basic cooking skills ~ college students, bachelors, wives, new moms, newly arrived immigrants.  Determine your target niche but first work out your classes on paper.  YouTube and Vlogging also allow you to offer digital cooking classes on the InternetStart a Recipe Blog!

Start a Catering Service

Carve out a niche for yourself by offering to organize and coordinate children’s birthdays for busy working moms.  If you’ve had volunteer experience with your local church, civil organization or PTA, use it and become an event planner for wine tastings, dessert or tea parties.

Sell Pampered Chef or Similar Products Through Home-Hosted Parties

If you find you’re always buying Pampered Chef products from your neighbor, co-worker or sister-in-law, why not become a marketing affiliate representative?  You’ll get to demonstrate cooking tools you already use and are familiar with.  Use your talents to whip up delicious foods, work the crowd and chat up friends while making money selling cook cooking tools.  The hardest part will be finding and scheduling people to host the parties, but you can perhaps convince them to host a “book party.”

Offer Kitchen Organizing Services

My daughter has been house hunting and I’m happy to see that home builders are bringing back old-fashion kitchen pantries.  Many historic homes in my town still have them.  Sell your organizing services to those who have messy cupboard syndrome and are unable to organize their own cabinets.  Young city dwellers cut corners and often live in apartments with galley-size kitchens and can definitely use organization optimization!  Sell them add-ons such as lazy susans, roll out draws, storage racks, etc.

Sell Your Own Jelly, Barbecue Sauce, Hot Chocolate Mix, etc. at Shows and Through Mail Order

preservesstockxpertcom_id191220_jpg_12f3641d138f723070f1eaf1a512e652One of the best things about visiting New England are the roadside stands set out to sell homemade crafts and cooking products such as ceramics, beach plum jellies, relishes, and pies.  You won’t make a fortune, but you’ll be surprised at how many folks actually appreciate the fine art of homemade and hand-crafted items like mom or grand-mom used to make.  Expand and diversify on your success and promote your items at local craft shows, forums and farmers markets.

Sell Cookware and Cookbooks from a Website

If your local civic organization has published a special collection of member recipes or cookbooks, feature by setting up an online website to market them, along with cookware and other cooking related products.

Sell Fruit Baskets, Wine and Chocolate Baskets, Cheese and Cracker Baskets, etc.

Personalized and corporate gift baskets are always a big hit, especially during the holiday season.  Identify a niche market such as corporations, realtor, housewarming, new moms and promote to your local Chamber of Commerce.

Developing and coming up with a marketing plan that interests you involves research and planning.  Remember, although it may interest you, in order to become profitable and generate an income, your idea must interest others as well.

Don’t give up, the best ideas may have started out by being written on a paper napkin at a kitchen table!

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Start a Recipe Blog

Kitchen and Pantry Organization

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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

11 comments

  1. Don’t forget, write a foodie blog! I’m always looking for easy to whip up recipes that kids (and adults) love.

  2. I finally found the link to leave a comment!

    I’m currently in the process of changing careers. I love food but mostly just eating it. :)

    My sister opened her Vermont Maple shop online last year and it’s been very successful.

    Good luck in your next career – I’ll be following.

    Tamra, Mom Logic Friend
    http://www.frontporchreviews.com

    Tamra A’s last blog post..Cabot Cheese Giveaway

  3. Another idea that’s catching on is selling prepared meals that can be frozen and reheated. This works well for elderly people and for working parents. My Mom just found a store that does this and is going to try them out. (stumbled)

    ConnieFoggles’s last blog post..Giveaways and Contests 4/23/09

  4. Great tips Cindi! I just emailed them to my step-mother who has been “talking” about starting a food biz for years now. Maybe it will give her the extra push she needs =)

    Nicole’s last blog post..Mommie Daze

  5. Hi Peggy ~
    I did start a foodie blog which will be so much fun! The link & banner are in my post ~ Moomettesgram’s Favorite Recipes
    http://moomettesgramsrecipes.com

  6. Hi Tamra ~ Best of luck to your sister & stop & visit again!

  7. Hi Connie! Yes, there’s a few start-up gourmet & prepared food stores like that in CT too! My daughter used to sell advertising space to a few of the new ones! Thanks for the Stumble!

  8. Hi Nicole! Thanks for passing along my info to your mom! Hope she stops by! Lots of info to offer in the archives here!

  9. Looks Fun. Sounds like a great mothers day idea!

  10. Thanks for your blog. It is very nice and attractive.

  11. I’m not much of a foodie, but I love that I can turn my other talents into a profit!

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