It seems like there is never enough time in the day for the busy family, and we’re always looking for those shortcuts and time savers. Customized menu planning services are on the rise, and you can still get in on the ground floor and turn it into a profitable home based business, completely online!
Getting started can be as easy as gathering recipes and compiling them into a website for people to search through. However there are several great ways to expand on this idea to really establish yourself in the Menu planning field.
Collect and organize special menu plans such as:
- Low Sodium
- Low Carbs
- Gluten Free
- Kid Friendly
- Slow Cooker
- Budget Friendly
Each week you can provide menu plans for the week depending on family size and preferences, including a specific shopping list and tips to pre-make things in advance.
With the popularity of mobile apps, consider creating an app that will allow members to log in from their smart phone or tablet to access their meal plans, and even customize them.
Creating Your Menu Planning Website:
I would highly recommend WordPress to get started with your website, as this will also give you the additional option of blogging as well. WordPress offers numerous plugins that will expand the capacity of what can be done on your website, from recipe databases to membership plugins such as BuddyPress or WishList.
Things You Will Need:
- A domain name – I usually recommend the name of your business as a domain name if it’s available. You’ll want something that will fit with your business brand.
- Website hosting – hosting your website doesn’t have to be expensive, and there are many hosting providers available. You’ll want to make sure that the provider you choose is capable of keeping up with the future demands of your website though. It is possible to move your website from one host to another down the road, but I’ll tell you from experience that it can be a pain.
- A logo – you definitely want to make sure that you have a strong logo and may want to discuss your needs with a professional graphic designer. Your logo will be used to help brand your business both on your website and online advertising, as well as your offline marketing.
Consider starting locally instead of globally, you don’t want to chew off more than you can handle when you’re first getting started. Visit your local Chamber Of Commerce for networking and other ideas to kick start your Menu Planning Service.
— Wahm Dianne