You don’t have to be Julia Child to be an impressive cook. In fact, some of the greatest recipes are also the simplest – 3 ingredient, no-bake, under $5, within 30 minutes type of meals.
These tricks in the kitchen and family recipes are not only ways to win friends and company, they’re also a great source of extra income. And if you’re really good, you could bring in some substantial dough for your family.
Here’s how you can bring home the bacon and make money with your recipes:
Publish Your Recipes on Hubpages
One of my favorite ways to earn extra money in general is to utilize microblogging sites. These sites are especially great for recipes. The one that I am currently using is Hubpages, which I’m really happy with, but you can also try sites like Bubblews, InfoBarrel and Zujava.
On Hubpages, you have 3 potential revenue streams – ad revenue, Amazon referrals, and EBay referrals. The reason I love Hubpages so much is it makes it extremely easy to put together a page and it provides a lot of great tips to help make your page more attractive to visitors. It is a great place to start out as a beginner, so don’t worry if you’ve never created a webpage before. I used these sites before I started my blog and I ended up learning so much from them. If you think this is something you’re interested in, you should also check out my post on Making Money on Hubpages for more info.
Here are some examples of Hubpages recipes:
Create Recipe Cards on Zazzle
I have been using Zazzle for nearly a decade and was ecstatic when I finally realized how to use it to sell recipes by creating recipe cards.
I have set up a unique store for my recipe cards and I am continuously building it up as I cook, bake, and create. The recipe cards are pretty easy to create, but what makes Zazzle so great is that once they are created, you’re done with most of the work – so they are basically passive income!
I have a few different posts that walk you through some of the logistics of working on Zazzle, but here are some tips for the recipe cards:
- Use the postcard option to create the card
- Make sure you use a great, upclose image
- Add text to the front of the photo
- List relevant keywords for proper search engine optimization (Zazzle will prompt you for these when you create)
Here are some more resources for making money on Zazzle:
How to Make Money on Zazzle
The 5 Best Ways to Make Money on Zazzle
What to Do Now to Prepare Your Zazzle Store for the Holiday Season
Start a Food Blog
The ultimate and best way to earn money from your recipes is to start a food blog – but it’s also a big time commitment. But if you love cooking, writing, and photography, then you’ve got nothing holding you back.
Starting a blog can be fairly cheap, even free, but if you want it to generate a lot of revenue, you will need to treat it like a business. You will want to come up with a catchy name, purchase a domain, design a stunning site, and formulate a business plan. It’s a lot of work, but it is worth it! If you’re serious about this path, James Gregory’s Career Food Blogging: The $100,000 Food Blog Business Plan is worth a read.
Related article: How to Start a Money-Making Blog
Create an e-Cookbook
Being a published author used to be a pipe dream for the average Joe, but with ebooks, it is all of a sudden a possibility for anyone.
If you can come up with a great concept and have a lot of recipes to share, then pull them together to create a cookbook. Amazon and other publishers are always looking for new authors for ebooks, so you may find that it is easier than you think.
Publishing a book is a phenomenal source of passive income, so if you’ve got what it takes, you should definitely pursue this path.
Enter Recipe Contests
Recipe contests can be lots of fun and are especially great if you are in need of a good idea because there are usually guidelines surrounding ingredients, costs, and complexity.
There are tons of contests out there, so look for either big name cooking sites like Taste of Home or specific ingredient sites to find the best ones.
Become a Pinterest Expert
No matter what path you pick (or hopefully a few paths), you will need to market your concoctions. Social media is a marketer’s dream, but more specifically Pinterest should be your focus. Marketing on Pinterest can send your recipe viral in a matter of hours. If you are serious about making money with your recipes, then put a lot of time into creating the right boards, using the right images, and joining the best group boards.
Get Familiar with Yummly
Yummly is the new up-and-coming social media platform for foodies. If you’ve taken the time to get yourself Pinterest-ready, then you are already Yummly-ready! Your next step should be to create an account and start “Yumming” your recipes. The sooner you get involved in new social platforms, the better you will be in the long run.
Learn to Take Great Pictures
The one element that all of these revenue streams have in common is that they need a fabulous picture. All good cooks know that you eat with your eyes first and there is no place where that is more true than the internet. Learn to take fabulous shots of your food and you will have won half the battle.
We all have to eat, so why not make the best of it? If you love to cook, then you should be able to make a little money from it. If you’ve got something tasty to share, people will thank you for it!
If you’re looking for other ways to earn some extra money, check out my Pinterest board on Working from Home. I try to keep it updated with all the tips I can find!