Eating healthy for many mothers is a way of life. You may go out of your way to find all of the healthiest foods for you and your family to enjoy even if that means you will end up spending a little more on the groceries. Of course, a little planning can help frugal moms to find healthy foods the whole family will love for about $135 a week, according to the Mayo Clinic. The really good news is all the hard work you put into creating menus and buying groceries for your family can also turn into a full time job. This is possible if you start making and selling food to others in your neighbourhood and throughout the world. Here are a few things you might want to know if this sounds like something you might be interested in.
Get the Equipment You Need for Selling
As you start thinking about the possibility of starting your own business, instead of dreaming about it, turn your dream into action. Put together a list of supplies you will need to get out and start selling right away. There are outdoor markets you can start selling at this weekend. Every major city has markets going on throughout the year. Find the markets close to you and call up to learn how much the both space will be. You should also find out if you will need to supply your own tent and table or if they will supply it for you. All told, this should only cost you $200 or less.
You will also need something to take payments on. Because many people at these markets forget to bring their cash with them, you will need a credit card reader for your smartphone or tablet as well as a receipt printer. All of these can be purchased through companies like Shopify, making it easy to go from dreaming about starting a business to having all the makings of a real business.
Start Making Your Products
Go ahead and book a day for you to start selling your products and get to work. You need to consider what you’re going to make and how you’re going to sell it. Since cooking at these outdoor markets is frowned upon unless you have the proper licensure, you might want to stick to prepared foods. According to Get Rich Slowly, you can make anything from baked goods to your favorite canned recipes. It’s really up to you and what you are good at making. You may want to test out a few recipes on your family first before you go into full production mode making the products you’re going to sell at the market. If at all possible, get some of your friends over to try the foods you’re thinking about selling to get an honest opinion about what is good and what you should reconsider.
Packaging Your Products for Sale
The food you’re making should be affordable to you as well as to the people you’re selling it to. As such, you should make sure the packaging is something that can be used over and over again. There are people struggling to make it with the income they have, according to Pennies and Pancakes, leaving them to find ways to save on all their groceries. If you can package your products in something like mason jars, the penny pinching crowd will love it as a mason jar represents something they can utilize again to store things in, drink out of and keep using for years to come. This can even be a bit of your marketing ploy to let people know you understand the value of the foods we eat and you’ve made sure to add value to your packaging as wel as love to the food you make.
Increasing Your Savings to Increase Your Revenues
The less you spend on your groceries, the more you’re going to make when you ultimately sell your finished product. According to Kiplinger, if you pay attention to the circulars, you can save a lot of money at the checkout stand. Anyone who is loyal to any one grocery store is going to eventually spend more money on groceries. The key is to move around to the stores that offer the best deals on the groceries you need. You can apply this to your household as well as to the groceries you need for your business. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned, as the old saying goes. Couple this with great coupons and you have the potential to save a lot of money on your expenses. If you ever start selling a lot, you can buy in bulk, which will allow you to maximize your savings over regular grocery stores.