There are a lot of people that are passionate about food and would love to create a business around that passion.
The problem is that many think they should open a restaurant when the reality suggests otherwise. A restaurant is a very tough business to be in.
Luckily, there are a lot of other types of businesses that revolve around food that you can start. Many of them can be far more profitable than a restaurant and require less effort as well. In this article, we will give you several ideas that you should consider when thinking of starting a food-based business.
1 – White label food products
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a celebrity chef so you can have your own food line, you’re in luck. You don’t need to be famous to sell your own food products. You can even get some food that is white labeled so you can create your own brand without needing to invest in a food preparation facility.
There are companies that have the product already and will put your own label on it and you sell it as your own product. For instance, if you love coffee but don’t want to start a coffee shop, you can start a white-label brand. Find a company that will give you the blend you want, then put your label on it and you have your own line of coffee.
You have very low overhead as you aren’t paying rent on a large facility. Your only big expenses are the cost of the product, the Chicago couriers, and the cost to market your product.
2 – Meal prep
People are busy these days but they still want to eat a healthy and home cooked meal. They just don’t have the time to do it themselves. That’s why it is so lucrative to provide a meal prep service for people. All you have to do is find the customers and then make meals according to their specifications and portion them out for easy reheating throughout the week.
You’ll find people that need to eat a special diet because of an illness they have, or because they are trying to lose weight. They will pay to have this prepared for them so they know they are getting exactly what they need.
3 – Fresh pasta
There is a huge difference between eating a plate of regular pasta and a plate of homemade fresh pasta. People love to eat fresh pasta for its taste and the experience of it but are reluctant to go through the trouble of making it themselves.
Having a small shop where you make and sell fresh pasta is a great way to be creative and work with food without having to deal with a restaurant. There are a lot of varieties of fresh pasta to make such as ravioli, fettuccine, and lasagna. For a bonus, you can even run classes on how to make fresh pasta.