How to Prepare for a Conference

Are you speaking for the first time at a conference? It’s quite nerve-wracking, isn’t it? The amount of pressure from this one event can feel so overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done it before. Don’t worry, though.

Conference speaking tips

There are three easy things you can do to prepare for a conference so you can deliver your speech eloquently and confidently.

1. Write the speech

You can’t deliver a speech without the actual speech. So sit down and write it before your big conference. You want to write a speech that is both informative and engaging. The last thing you want is for your audience to drift off while you’re presenting on stage.…

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How to Research like HubSpot’s Research Team

In college, research was always my favorite part of writing papers. I don't know why, but finding data to back up my hypotheses always gives me a thrill.

But, even though I love research, it's not exactly my forte — and I know I'm not alone.

Conducting market research is a necessity for both B2B or B2C companies. It enables you to use hard data to back up theories and predictions about customer behavior. This data can influence how you structure a campaign, and how you interact with customers.

However, when researching for marketing purposes, it can be tricky to know where to start, and how to keep going when you get stuck.

If you find yourself striking out during the research process, we've got you covered. Here, we've collected tips from HubSpot researchers about their research processes to make sure you feel confident collecting and analyzing data for your next campaign or report.

Tips from HubSpot Researchers

In 2019, HubSpot's VP of International Operations, Nataly Kelly, wrote, "Data is incredibly powerful. It can inform, persuade, and reinforce. However, it can also mislead. We all bring our own biases to the table when we interpret data, and that can often lead to drawing an inaccurate conclusion."

Keep this in mind while researching — it's a good reminder that data is useful when it's accurate, but presenting inaccurate data can ultimately harm your marketing strategies.

1. Take a variety of perspectives.

According to marketing research co-op Meg Kartham, "When conducting any type of research, it is important to take a variety of perspectives, whether that be industry or region."

What this means is that you must think about as many outcomes as possible, especially if you're conducting global research. Think about it — is a survey about nationwide customer satisfaction useful if you're only surveying the Midwest?

Consider a survey conducted by HubSpot to measure International Net Promoter Scores (NPS). NPS measures customer satisfaction with our CRM. Some assumptions HubSpot researchers made included the assumption that some global norms that are different from those in the U.S. might've impacted the scores internationally.

For instance, when asked to rate customer service on a scale of 1-10, did you know that in Germany, 1 is the highest rating, rather than 10? Additionally, in some European countries, giving the highest score is almost unheard of. An A+ is considered 8-9, rather than 10.

When creating surveys, try to make one that can be universal to as many audiences as possible to make data collection easier. Alternatively, do research on global differences and take those into account when measuring results.

2. Research for your audience.

Research uncovers your target audience and provides insight into what kind of marketing you can do to reach them. As campaign manager Kyle Denhoff said, "Research helps inform the Campaign Brief that becomes the most important document of your campaign."

That is why, when researching, Denhoff suggests to begin with understanding your audience. When building campaigns, Denhoff has found that covering as many bases as possible helps to give a rounded view on how to reach delight customers.

Behind the Screens is a four-part mini interview series about digital advertising that brings industry leaders from Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn together to educate business on how to use digital ads to their advantage. Because HubSpot is devoted to helping businesses grow better, it is probably in the interests of our customers to engage in a series like this one.

We know that because of the work done beforehand. Preparation for this series employed Denhoff's team to collect as much prior knowledge as possible, a technique he points to as successful. 

"Gather insights from various sources including customer calls, keyword research, and social media audience insights," he said. "Giving your team a clear picture of the audience you are creating for and the challenge you are trying to help them solve."

3. Make research relevant.

When researching, Kartham suggests personalizing the research as much as possible. If you're sending out a survey, respondents should only be asked questions that are relevant to the study.

Alternatively, a survey with the goal of measuring brand engagement on social media probably wouldn't benefit from asking the respondents whether or not they use video in their marketing materials. It's critical you ask only the most relevant questions in a survey since too many questions will cause respondents to exit the survey without finishing it.

By making research relevant, you can ensure that the results you receive help you answer your research question. All of the answers should aide in proving or disproving your hypothesis.

4. Broaden areas of study.

In 2018, HubSpot researchers wanted to find research on how customers use email subscriptions. When Associate Product Manager of Subscriptions, Tyler Scionti, and his team began the research process, they found there was a gap in this subject.

Though Google is vast with research about how to get email subscribers, there's seldom about what to send subscribers. There was a need for this information so the team decided to collect it by analyzing data from emails. So began the research process and a challenge to collect data on a subject that has less than stellar findings.

"I decided to collect as much data as I could in an objective way and let the data bring forth a conclusion rather than my own ideas affect the data," Scionti said. "This helped me write an objective report and gave my team great food for thought on the state of our product."

In a dataset that focused on how customers use their email subscriptions, it's probably not important to gather data about how many subscriptions customers have — instead, it's probably more important to analyze data based on open rates by contacts, so the team focused on the latter.

By keeping an open scope in data collection, Scionti's team was able to deepen their knowledge about the product as well as refer to a large amount of relevant research. This was an aide in developing email subscriptions further and can be a good method to use if you don't know where to start in your research.

5. Make it easy to follow.

Let's say you've finally completed the hard task of collecting all of this market research. When analyzing and interpreting that data for a presentation, you'll want to make sure you're presenting it in a way that's easy to follow.

Kartham said that when organizing results, "Presenting and sharing research in an easy to read and understanding fashion is needed."

This is especially necessary if your research topic is something known as less-than-glamorous. For instance, a framework about how consumers respond to brands on social media, while a thrilling and interesting topic to me, might not be the most engaging topic to professionals who aren't social media enthusiasts.

That being said, when presenting research, it should be given in a way that's easy to follow. Research won't transfer well to those who might need background information on the functions of different social media channels.

Information that seems like simple math to some might look like the most complicated level of calculus to others, so organizing research that reads like you're explaining it to a grandparent is essential.

For instance, in the branding framework mentioned above, the University of Virginia team in partnership with the leader of HubSpot's Market Research and Competitive Intelligence team, Mimi An, does a great job of providing visuals to represent complicated numbers and survey answers.

Keeping these tips in mind can help you elevate your process of collecting research and interpreting data. Another tip when researching is to read over research reports in topics similar to yours. Seeing how they formulate data can give you pointers and inspiration when collecting your own.



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Becoming an Industry Thought Leader: Advanced Techniques for Finding the Best Places to Pitch Guest Posts

Posted by KristinTynski

If you’re involved in any kind of digital PR — or pitching content to writers to expand your brand awareness and build strong links — then you know how hard it can be to find a good home for your content.

I’m about to share the process you can use to identify the best, highest ROI publishers for building consistent, mutually beneficial guest posting relationships with.

This knowledge has been invaluable in understanding which publications have the best reach and authority to other known vertical/niche experts, allowing you to share your own authority within these readership communities.

Before we get started, there’s a caveat: If you aren’t willing to develop true thought leadership, this process won’t work for you. The prerequisite for success here is having a piece of content that is new, newsworthy, and most likely data-driven.

Now let’s get to the good stuff.

Not all publications are equal

Guest posting can increase awareness of your brand, create link authority, and ultimately generate qualified leads. However, that only happens if you pick publishers that have:

  • The trust of your target audience.
  • Topical relevance and authority.
  • Sufficiently large penetration in readership amongst existing authorities in your niche/vertical.

A big trap many fall into is not properly prioritizing their guest posting strategy along these three important metrics.

To put this strategy into context, I’ll provide a detailed methodology for understanding the “thought leadership” space of two different verticals. I’ll also include actionable tips for developing a prioritized list of targets for winning guest spots or columns with your killer content.

It all starts with BuzzSumo

We use BuzzSumo data as the starting point for developing these interactive elements. For this piece, the focus will be on looking at data pulled from their Influencer and Shared Links APIs.

Let’s begin by looking at the data we’re after in the regular user interface. On the Influencers tab, we start by selecting a keyword most representative of the overall niche/industry/vertical we want to understand. We’ll start with “SEO.”

The list of influencers here should already be sorted, but feel free to narrow it down by applying filters. I recommend making sure your final list has 250-500 influencers as a minimum to be comprehensive.

Next, and most importantly, we want to get the links’ shared data for each of these influencers. This will be the data we use to build our network visualizations to truly understand the publishers in the space that are likely to be the highest ROI places for guest posting.

Below you can see the visual readout for one influencer.

Note the distribution of websites Gianluca Fiorelli (@gfiorelli1) most often links to on Twitter. These sites (and their percentages) will be the data we use for our visualization.

Pulling our data programmatically

Thankfully, BuzzSumo has an excellent and intuitive API, so it’s relatively easy to pull and aggregate all of the data we need. I’ve included a link to my script in Github for those who would like to do it themselves.

In general, it does the following:

  • Generates the first page of influencers for the given keyword, which is about 50. You can either update the script to iterate through pages or just update the page number it pulls from within the script and concatenate the output files after the fact.
  • For each influencer, it makes another API call and gets all of the aggregated Top Domains shared data for each influencer, which is the same as the data you see in the above pie chart visualization.
  • Aggregates all the data and exports to a CSV.

Learning from the data

Once we have our data in the format Gephi prefers for network visualizations (sample edge file), we are ready to start exploring. Let’s start with our data from the “SEO” search, for which I pulled the domain sharing data for the top 400 influencers.

A few notes:

  • The circles are called nodes. All black nodes are the influencer’s Twitter accounts. All other colored nodes are the websites.
  • The size of the nodes is based on Page Rank. This isn’t the Google Page Rank number, but instead the Page Rank within this graph alone. The larger the node, the more authoritative (and popular) that website is within the entire graph.
  • The colors of the nodes are based on a modularity algorithm in Gephi. Nodes with similar link graphs typically have the same color.

What can we learn from the SEO influencer graph?

Well, the graph is relatively evenly distributed and cohesive. This indicates that the websites and blogs that are shared most frequently are well known by the entire community.

Additionally, there are a few examples of clusters outside the primary cluster (the middle of the graph). For instance, we see a Local SEO cluster at the 10 p.m. position on the left hand side. We can also see a National Press cluster at the 6-7 p.m. position on the bottom and a French Language cluster at the 1-2 p.m. position at the top right.

Ultimately, Moz, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Roundtable, Search Engine Land are great bets when developing and fostering guest posting relationships.

Note that part of the complication with this data has to do with publishing volume. The three largest nodes are also some of the most prolific, meaning there are more overall chances for articles to earn Tweets and other social media mentions from industry influencers. You could refining of the data further by normalizing each site by content publishing volume to find publishers who publish much less frequently and still enjoy disproportionate visibility within the industry.

Webmasters.Googleblog.com is a good example of this. They publish 3 to 4 times per month, and yet because of their influence in the industry, they’re still one of the largest and most central nodes. Of course, this makes sense given it is the only public voice of Google for our industry.

Another important thing to notice is the prominence of both YouTube and SlideShare. If you haven’t yet realized the importance and reach of these platforms, perhaps this is the proof you need. Video content and slide decks are highly shared in the SEO community by top influencers.

Differences between SEO and content marketing influencer graphs

What can we learn from the Content Marketing influencer graph?

For starters, it looks somewhat different overall from the SEO influencer graph; it’s much less cohesive and seems to have many more separate clusters. This could indicate that the content publishing sphere for content marketing is perhaps less mature, with more fragmentation and fewer central sources for consuming content marketing related content. It could also be that content marketing is descriptive of more than SEO and that different clusters are publishers that focus more on one type of content marketing vs. another (similar to what we saw with the local SEO cluster in the previous example).

Instead of 3 to 5 similarly sized market leaders, here we see one behemoth, Content Marketing Institute, a testament to both the authority of that brand and the massive amount of content they publish.

We can also see several specific clusters. For instance, the “SEO blogs” cluster in blue at the 8-9 p.m. position and the more general marketing blogs like Hubspot, MarketingProfs, and Social Media Examiner in green and mauve at the 4-5 p.m. position.

The general business top-tier press sites appear quite influential in this space as well, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Adweek, Tech Crunch, Business Insider, Inc., which we didn’t see as much in the SEO example.

YouTube, again, is extremely important, even more so than in the SEO example.

Is it worth it?

If you’re already deep in an industry, the visualization results of this process are unlikely to shock you. As someone who’s been in the SEO/content marketing industry for 10 years, the graphs are roughly what I expected, but there certainly were some surprises.

This process will be most valuable to you when you are new to an industry or are working within a new vertical or niche. Using the python code I linked and BuzzSumo’s fantastic API and data offers the opportunity to gain a deep visual understanding of the favorite places of industry thought leaders. This knowledge acts as a basis for strategic planning toward identifying top publishers with your own guest content.


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84 Food Business Ideas

84 Food Business Ideas

Food is one thing that will never go out of style as everybody needs to eat, several times a day. That’s why starting a business centered on food can be a truly rewarding enterprise.

Food Business Ideas

Here are 84 examples of food business ideas to consider.

Meal Planning

Similar to the dietician, a professional meal planner helps people to eat healthily over a set period of time. This works especially well for people on a diet who are trying to lose weight as the planned schedule for their meals can help eliminate extra snacking and unhealthy impulse eating.

Fitness Food Prep

Another excellent business idea is a combination of meal planner and nutrition coach. Preparing food in advance for the likes of athletes and bodybuilders is something of a niche market. And you would need to have potential clients lined up in advance, but if you are already a part of the health and fitness world with contacts at gyms and fitness centers, there is definitely an opportunity to start a food prep business.

Organic Food Shop

There has been a huge surge in the popularity of organic food in recent years, so an organic food shop could be the perfect food business idea for you.

While supermarkets and chain stores sometimes have small organic food sections or offer a few such items on their shelves, a store dedicated to such products will always be more attractive to shoppers seeking organic groceries.

Berry, Apple, Pumpkin, etc. Picking Farm

As a farmer with any of these crops, you can create different business plans. First you can distribute your harvest to restaurants, farmers markets or other food-related businesses. Additionally, you can also have people come to your farm and pick the crops themselves.

This is especially profitable with seasonal events such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and others.

Cake Decorating Classes

If you want to supplement the income of your cake shop, one of the best ways of doing it is by offering cake decorating classes.

These classes are inexpensive for you to conduct and very popular for foodies who want to learn one more trick of the trade.

Food Delivery

The food delivery business is now a standalone business. Although there are big national brands in the segment, you can start your delivery business by specializing in certain cuisines or locations.

Take a look at the delivery service in your area and find out how you can make it better.

Micro-Brewery

There seems to be no end to the popularity of craft beers. If you have a passion for beer and you want to make your brew, this is a great business opportunity.

Once you have the right brew you can sell them to consumers directly, bars and special events.

Fish Farm

The initial investment for a fish farm can be expensive, but once you have a working system in place it is very lucrative.

With the right product you can supply restaurants, grocery stores and even direct to consumers.

Food Kiosks

Whether it is an outdoor mall, sports venue, parks or other locations where there are a large group of people, food kiosks are a must.

If you get the right location with the right food, you will be guaranteed to get customers. It can be as simple as selling cold water and drinks or food.

Food Truck

While kiosks are limited on what kind of food they can sell, a food truck can pretty much sell almost any food item. Food trucks require a hefty initial investment, but they are worth it if you have the right product.

Again, location is very important for food trucks. But if you have great food, people will make the journey to taste your offerings.

Gourmet Popcorn

Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks around, and they are healthy to boot (if you cut out the butter). But with gourmet popcorn, you can create a wide range of flavors and colors to make them even more popular.

You can start the business at home and grow your customers or open up a shop. This is one of the more affordable food businesses you can start right away.

Health Food Store

People are more aware of the food they eat and health food stores are for everybody now. The good thing about this industry is it continues to grow.

You can further specialize by providing unique natural products grown locally as well as herbs and spices from around the world.

Herb Farm

The right herb can take an ordinary recipe to another level. One of the good things about herbs is you don’t need a very large piece of land.

With the available technology for indoor farming, you don’t even need to be out in the country. You can rent a warehouse and start an herb farm in the middle of the city.

Hot Sauce

You’ve probably seen a hot sauce challenge on YouTube. As a matter of fact, one of the more popular shows on YouTube is Hot Ones, which has 7.59 million subscribers.

The show has celebrities eating increasingly hot chicken/vegan wings. And some of the hot sauces they use are unique brands using different peppers and herbs.

This is another business you can start in your home.

International Food Retail

The international aisle in grocery stores leaves much to be desired. For most foodies finding these ingredients means running around town to markets from different nationalities; if they are available.

Opening an all in one international food store is one way to grab the market.

Ready-Made Meals

People want to eat good food, but their busy schedules don’t allow them to cook the food they want to eat.

By making meals that are ready to eat, you can quickly establish a large customer base. This can eventually lead to a restaurant and other business options.

Dietary Foods for Patients

There are many patients who have strict dietary requirements. If you are cook, you can get together with a dietician and start a business specifically designed to address this group.

If you get into this business, you are going to be working with clients with chronic diseases. So get ready for long-term relationships with them.

Mobile Bartending

From birthdays to parties, celebrations and countless other events, having a bartender will make the occasion more festive.

However, finding a good bartender is not easy. If you pride yourself in being a good bartender, you can start a mobile bartending business. And with so many events, you can grow your business quickly.

Mushroom Farm

The button mushroom was the only mushroom most people knew. But today the market has a wide range of mushrooms.

A mushroom farm can be a very lucrative business if you start growing gourmet or medicinal mushrooms. You can sell them directly to customers, restaurants or health food stores.

Olive Oil Retail

In addition to the health benefits of olive oil, it also provides great flavor to foods. The problem is finding good premium olive oil can be difficult.

With so many brands and varieties from around the world, opening a store solely dedicated to olive oil can be a destination.

Personal Chef

If you are a chef, being a personal chef is a great way to get your career going. It can also work if you are a well-established chef.

Whether you are just starting or a seasoned pro, this part of the food industry provides more flexibility, creativity and great pay.

Bakery that Makes Food for Pets

Who doesn’t love their pets? And while not everyone can afford to give their pet gourmet food or baked goods all the time, they can be occasional treats.

With 68% of U.S. homes owning some kind of pet, there is huge potential in this segment.

Pop-Up Restaurant

If you are looking to gauge how people will respond to your food, you can open pop-up restaurants. If all goes well, you can decide on a location and go for it.

However, if you want to just open pop-up restaurants with different themes and menus, you can also do that.

Restaurant Supply

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S. as of the end of 2018. So, it goes without saying, they all need supplies.

Even though there are well-established suppliers, you can always get in by providing unique products. You can even choose some from this list, such as gourmet olive oils, mushrooms and more.

Salt Retail

Salt!? Not that long ago, there were only one or two kinds of salt in most grocery stores.  Now you can get everything from Himalayan to French Gray salt and so much more.

This a great business you can start in your home to supply your local eateries as well as customers online. And if all goes well you can even open a retail shop.

Spice Retail

Just like the salt and herb idea, spices are also a great way to start a business in your home and grow. Granted the spice aisle in supermarkets are formidable, but in most cases,  they have been sitting on the shelves for a long time.

Introduce fresh spices to your market, and it won’t be long before you start grabbing customers from everywhere.

Tea Retail

Coffee shops are a dime a dozen and they also offer tea in most places. But if you specializing in just tea from around the world, you will have a good business model.

Since this will be a specialized shop, you have to find the right location as well have a strong online presence to ensure the long-term viability of the business.

Water

There are many types of water being sold in the market. The bad news is you can’t find them all in one place.

As people continue to choose high-quality water, having a business solely dedicated to water and water paraphernalia is not that absurd. The industry is going to be worth $217.2 billion by 2026, so there is a great opportunity there.

Wine Shop, Class or Tasting

The total wine market value in the U.S. was $70.5 billion in 2018. This is a huge industry that supplies consumers and the food industry.

As a licensed operator, you can sell directly to consumers as well as business in the food industry. You can also hold wine classes and wine tasting to supplement your income in a very substantial way.

Canning Service

Canning fresh foods is a great business for people who want to preserve fruits, vegetables and even meats. The problem is the process is labor-intensive.

If you can provide a service for canning the foods people want to preserve, you can have a great business. It may be seasonal depending on what people want to can, but it can also go on year-round with other products.

Jerky Making

Jerky meat is a very popular source of quick and readily available source of protein for health-conscious people. Even though it has been around forever, a new customer base is discovering this food.

Making jerky is relatively easy, but time-consuming. With the right tools and ingredients, you can start making jerky and have a lucrative business.

Online Cooking School

One of the greatest features of the internet is you can be anywhere and provide a service. If you are a professional cook, you can start your own online cooking school.

With this technology, you can start offering personal one-on-one classes or to multiple people at the same time. Best of all you can do it from the comfort of your own home or restaurant if you have one.

Catering Equipment Rental

There are thousands of catering gigs taking place every week across the country, and not all of them have their own equipment.

This is a specialized segment of the food industry, but if you make inroads it can be very lucrative. At the same time, you can also expand to the supply side of the foods caterers need.

Menu, Food or Nutrition Consultant

As a consultant, you can address restaurants, chefs, nutritionists and organizations with food services such as schools.

With so many dietary requirements in today’s nutritional spectrum, being a consultant is an invaluable asset. This is a business that requires certifications and degrees, but with the right credentials it can be a strong business model.

Artisan Bakery

Not all breads are created equal, and artisan bakers have managed to show people what they are missing.

If you are already a baker, making the switch will be much easier than starting over. But no matter which way you start your business, the growth of artisan breads will keep your company going for the long run.

Nut Butter Retail

You can make peanut, almond, cashew, macadamia, pistachio and other nut butter. By making them yourself without preservatives and added sugars you can have the upper hand of the processed products in the grocery stores.

The one downside is allergies and the cost of some of these nuts can be quite expensive. But if you find the right supplier and you are careful, it is a great food business.

Energy Drink Business

Energy drinks are everywhere, but they leave much to be desired when it comes to health. If you create your own natural energy drink, you can have a slice of this $32 billion market in 2018.

The process can be expensive initially, but if you believe you have the best product the payoff can be huge.

Gourmet Ice Cream Cones

Ice cream cones have come a long way, but it is still limited to a few choices. For ice cream parlors that are too busy to make their own, you can start providing gourmet ice cream cones.

You can differentiate your cones by providing more flavor profiles, colors and shapes. This a business you can easily start at home and scale as need as you supply local ice cream parlors.

Noodle Making

Noodle houses are popping up all over the place, and not all of them make their own noodles in house. Making fresh noodles is a great selling point for all these restaurants.

What is more, you can create a range of noodles with different ingredients such as buckwheat and gluten-free alternatives.

Gourmet Candies

Almost everyone has a sweet tooth, which is why candy manufacturing is a multibillion-dollar industry. But there are sweets connoisseurs who want something better than the mass-manufactured fare.

If you create gourmet candies you can sell them online, local high-end restaurants and bakeries as well as food fairs. This is also another business you can start at home and grow from there.

Sauces

If you want a really good sauce you have to make it. And if you have made your own sauce in the past, you know it is a time-consuming process.

Making sauces is a great business you can start in your own kitchen. If you turn out quality sauces, it won’t be long before word of mouth gets your brand recognized.

Marinades

Just like sauces, a great marinade can take your recipes to another level. And with so many options, you can create marinades for beef, chicken, fish, lamb as well as veggies.

If you know what you are doing in the kitchen and you are creative, you can create marinades that will have people coming back over and over.

Protein Bars

The protein bar industry is slated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% until 20204. While this is great news for the industry, not all protein bars are created equal.

The biggest challenge is the taste, and if you can overcome this obstacle you can grab a market share from a growth industry. Take your time and experiment in your home until you find the right recipe and go for it.

Local Restaurant Guide

If you love the food industry, this is a great way to keep tabs on what is going on in your city. As local restaurant guide, you can bring customers and restaurateurs together.

This is especially a great business opportunity if you live in a big city with many restaurants. You can make money from customers and restaurants. And if all goes well you can expand to other cities around you or create tours in other countries known for their cuisine.

Gourmet Doughnuts

Doughnuts are readily available in every city. However, the growth of the gourmet doughnuts segment is showing people are willing to pay more for some exceptionally great doughnuts.

Everything from bacon to cereal, mangoes, jalapeños and more have been used. If you can create truly unique doughnuts, there is a market for you out there.

Romantic Catering

There are many romantic special occasions, and if you can plan the food side of said occasions you can have a good business.

This is a great part-time business. Whether you are a professional cook, an enthusiastic amateur or just starting out, this is a great way to get into the food industry. It is also a sold way to build a customer base for any future food-related business.

Vending Machines

Vending machines run the gamut. You can put everything from candies to sodas, fruits, sandwiches, soups, nuts, and much more.

If you find the right location and differentiate your machines with quality sandwiches, soups and other items, you will have a great business. The key to this business is location, but once you have that you can grow fast.

Gluten-Free Food Business

Gluten allergy can make people with celiac disease, wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity miserable. And for these people as well others with a milder form of the allergy, finding gluten-free foods is not always possible.

Creating a business catering especially to people with a gluten allergy or people that want to avoid gluten entirely is becoming a viable business model.

Asian Grocery Retail

Owning your own Asian grocery store will help you offer traditional and authentic Asian products that big chains don’t. Your bottom line will be affected by your location and the products you plan to sell.

Your products can be diverse and can include canned goods, sauces, produce, spices, and meats. Your knowledge of Asian dishes can help you understand what is on demand. Asian grocery can be rewarding as it is a convenient way to explore new cultures and hone in your entrepreneur skills.

Baby Food Business

The global baby food market is an enticing one as it is set to reach $76.48 billion by 2021. Even more so with parents looking for natural baby food recipes free of preservatives, sugars, salt, fillers and artificial colors.

You can do experiment with producing your own baby food through a combination of steaming, roasting and pureeing. Before launching your product, test your recipes on family and friends with children to get feedback.

If all goes well, start marketing your baby food.

Bagel Shop Business

Made famous in New York as a classic breakfast food, bagel shops are now available almost everywhere. Despite its potential to make you a tidy sum, bagel shops are a lot of work.

You will need to churn out fresh bagels every day. But the rewards are plenty if you succeed in building a good customer base. Plus, you can also sell beverages and side dishes to increase your revenue.

BBQ Catering Service

The mere simplicity and popularity of a BBQ is a great idea for a business. Whether social functions or corporate events, BBQs parties are great.

Barbeques are simple enough to cater. However, if you’re holding a large function planning, ordering, preparing, and cooking food for your guests can become complicated. The one drawback is there is huge competition, so your BBQ has to be great.

Biscuit Making

Biscuit making can be a fulfilling business that comes with little startup capital. Despite mass-produced automated biscuits companies in the market, many consumers prefer fresh biscuits from a local bakery.

The biscuit making business has a huge potential market as biscuits are almost consumed in every home on a daily basis.  Key to your success is packaging, flavors and of course health-conscious ingredients.

Candy Retail

Candy and sweets are high margin products-meaning higher returns from sales. Most everybody loves candy and treats, as such a candy store not only brings smiles but profits as well. America’s candy manufacturing industry generates $20 billion annually, so there is a market for more.

From the odd indulgence to the holidays we all go to the candy shop for our sweet cravings. The benefit of opening a candy store is you have almost unlimited options when it comes to inventory.

By buying in bulk for high sought after brands and sweets you stand to make a killing in retail.

Canteen Management

There are lots of businesses looking for expertise to run their canteens. From following up inventories to help host events, canteen management can be fun.

This business requires expertise across a range of fields. But if you have the skills, there many canteens which want to leave the management to experts.

Cat Cafe Business

Cat cafes have been popular in Asia since the 1990s. The first Cat café was opened in Taipei, Taiwan and has now spread across the world.  Cat cafe businesses offer people a place to relax with friends and cats while enjoying a warm beverage and pastries.

Some cat cafés serve food and drinks while others are just relaxation spaces to unwind with a cat.  In addition to serving human customers, many cafes also help the cats they house by making the cats available for adoption. If you love cats and cafes, this might be a fun business idea for you.

But before you start, make sure the regulations in your area allow pets with food service.

Catering

Catering can be a profitable business provided you know your meals and have a knack for pleasing people. With a moderate startup capital investment, you can start your business by catering to friends and family.

However, it requires a solid understanding of every detail related to this business. One of the biggest reasons caterers fail is because they can’t manage everything. As an owner, you have to know everything.

Cheesecake Making

If you are a great cook and know how to make a delicious cheesecake, why not launch a business? You can start making money quickly by selling them to friends and neighbors.

Fairs and festivals can also help boost your sales as well as reputation. Quality is of the utmost importance. If you have a great product it will evolve to word-of-mouth advertising and bring you more clients.

Cheese Shop Business

Turning your passion for artisan cheese into a successful business will require careful planning. The key to your success will greatly depend on your ability to source your products and the variety of cheeses you can offer your clients.

You can start small by offering a casual setting where people can come and enjoy the different cheeses. But rest assured, you will grow quickly if you stock quality cheeses from around the world.

Chocolate Business

If you love making chocolate treats and crafting candy, a chocolate shop/business might be for you. Sourcing is especially important for raw chocolate. But with the right chocolate, you can start making a wide range of treats.

With the average American eating an estimated 22 pounds of chocolate every year, let’s face it, it’s the nation’s guilty pleasure. You can sell your chocolates in retail, wholesale or events. If you’ve been sitting on a family recipe that always has people begging for more, why not pull it out and make it profitable?

Coffee Roasting Business

Fresh coffee roasters have a distinct advantage. And the value lies with the fresh factor. With the advent of designer coffee shops, more and more people are looking for creative brews in their coffee.

With the right equipment, mad roasting skills and an appealing shop you can brew your way to success. What is more, you can start providing your services to other coffee shops.

Coffee Sales

Let’s face it, coffee is what really drives our economy. Can you imagine your office without coffee? From boosting productivity in the workforce to promoting a relaxed environment as well as the health benefits, coffee is truly king.

More than two-thirds of Americans consume coffee every day. With a customer base of more than 200 million people, this is always a great business. But with so much competition, you have to find a way to differentiate yourself. Do that and you are guaranteed to have customers.

 Cupcake Business

Cupcake shops are considered recession-proof. The lure for patrons is that cupcakes have a small price tag, and they are the ultimate feel-good purchase that won’t break the bank.

Benefits include low startup costs, simple business model, the ability to create one’s work schedule and the business can be run from home.

Deli

Since the 1800s delicatessen, better known as delis, were brought to the U.S. by German Jews. Operating a deli can be both fun and profitable.

You can start many different types of delis, the key is to identify the market in your area and provide the food they want to eat. Your product line is unlimited as you have a choice from soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees- the sky is the limit.

Diner

Diners are a staple in the American restaurant industry. Whether it is a classic diner or a new building, they are a solid business provided you have great and cheap food.

Your service differentiation can fall on a variety of factors. These could include speed, quality of service, price, restaurant theme and menu items. Good customer service and experience in the food industry can be an asset.

Dinner Theatre

Let’s face it who doesn’t like to sit at a play or a musical and enjoy some fine grub? Having a keen sense of entertainment and identifying good food can go a long way here.

With a dinner theatre, you have three business units to manage the restaurant, the act and the bar. Dinner Theatre can be popular among tourists, couples on a date night or anybody who wants to squeeze in some entertainment while having a meal.

Edible Cookie Dough Cafe

An edible cookie dough cafe serves cookie dough, usually without eggs and other pathogen-carrying ingredients. The doughs are either served in cartons or on cones similar to ice cream.

The concept of edible cookie dough cafes came from the desire to allow customers to relive their childhood memories. Eating cookie dough off the beaters or licking the bowl and spatula clean can take you to a special place.

Farmers Market

A farmers’ market is a great way to connect producers of local farms with a health-conscious public. As a business, you will to find sellers, stalls and win over a customer in a convenient location.

Customers include individual consumers as well as eateries looking for the freshest produce for their menu. Starting a farmers’ market is a great way to further other opportunities in the restaurant industry.

Fast Food

The competitive advantage a fast-food business has is its ability to provide affordable food to customers in as little time as possible. Fast food establishments come in all shapes and sizes from drive-thrus to traditional sit-down meals.

If you don’t want to establish your own fast food restaurant, you can take a look at franchises.

Fine Dining

If you have a flair for providing excellent dining and catering to an upscale clientele, fine dining might just be right for you.

There are plenty of customers who are willing to splurge a little more for the optimal experience. Top-shelf wine, fine cutlery exceptional service are the hallmarks of fine dining.

Frozen Yogurt Business

A frozen yogurt business is all about offering variety to your customers. You can offer anything from smoothies to parfaits with an infinite amount of toppings and flavor combinations. You can add to your business model by also offering specialty drinks.

The key to success is how well you craft a specialty recipe along with your production methods.

Honey Processing

Honey processing entails removing wax and other foreign unwanted particles from honey. There are lots of cost-effective machinery in the market that can help you achieve this.

Starting a honey business will require you to properly plan and prepare before starting operation. You not only produce honey but also byproducts such as beeswax and propolis. Propolis is widely used in food and cosmetic products such as lip balms, toothpaste, lotions, shampoos, cosmetics, and ointments.

Jam and Jelly Making

Jam jelly-making business is a profitable enterprise as they are the staple of most breakfasts. The business allows you to experiment with different flavors from fruits to make a wide variety of jam and jelly.

The key to success here is getting noticed. Offer samples to local networking meetings, grocery stores, and mixers to get your name out. Creating unique flavors is also key to differentiate yourself.

Nutritionist

As a  nutritionist, you can help your clients lead a healthy lifestyle. By assessing the nutritional needs of your clients’ you can determine the types of food and beverages they should eat to stay healthy.

A nutrition business requires degrees and certifications. But once you have them, you can work for yourself or companies in the healthcare segment by providing your services.

Cooking Competition Organizer or Cooking Reality Show

Who doesn’t like a cooking completion, especially an organic one? With more and more households being conscious of what they eat, organizing an organic cookout can be great.

By hosting these competitions, you not only get hard cash from sponsorship but also help communities be healthier. You can also raise your game from community competitions to city and statewide events.

Pasta Making Business

Although Italian pasta is the most well-known, your pasta businesses can also specialize in all types of noodles. Your target market for a pasta business can be foodies as well as restaurants who don’t want to make their own pasta.

Fresh pasta commands a higher price than dry pasta. Inventory management is key to ensure you always have fresh pasta and your supply doesn’t go to waste.

Pickling Business

Pickling is a process of preserving fruit or vegetable through fermentation. You can produce different types of pickles according to the demand of your local market.

The ease of storing pickles allows for low costs in storage. You can sell your pickles at farmers’ markets, roadside stands or local grocer.

Potato Chip Maker

As there is an ever-growing demand for convenience foods, potato chips is riding the wave. Sliced, thin and fried potato chips are very popular ready-to-eat snack items for those on the go.

Healthier alternatives are also cropping up. Chips that are not fired as well as any added artificial flavors or colors are in demand. With the right supplier, your profit margins can soar by just making potato chips.

Processed Dairy Food Business

A processed dairy food company produces anything from cheese, yogurt, milk, and everything in between. The segment is a thriving and profitable industry.

Depending on your production capacity and delivery capabilities the business can be very lucrative. The key is finding good suppliers to process dairy.

Snack Business

A snack business is easy to set up and comes with low startup capital. By some estimates 94% of adults in the U.S. snack daily. This is because snacks are faster, easier and efficient ways of consuming food on the go.

Snack food producers can work towards building a profitable business as well as help provide the nutritional needs of busy consumers.

Sushi Supply

Sushi is one of the more popular foods in the U.S. This has resulted in more restaurants and individuals making sushi as part of their menu.

However, finding the right sushi rice, wasabi and other ingredients can be difficult. A well-stocked sushi supply store with original Japanese products is a good business idea.

Tortilla Business

As the U.S. Latino population continues to increase, tortillas will become even more popular. But tortillas are also becoming a staple in non-Latino households.  If you have a passion for Latino food, and especially Mexican food, you may enjoy running a tortilleria.

Spice Powder Business

Spice grinding and packaging can be a profitable food processing businesses. Essentially you are providing solutions to your customer’s needs by saving them time and physical efforts from preparing spices. The demand for spices in the domestic and international market is growing as it is a huge consumable household item.

The customer base includes everyone from individual consumers to restaurants, hotels and more.

Vinegar Making

Vinegar is a very popular and good preservative commodity. It is composed of water and acetic acid and acts both as a preservative and medicine. It is available in different flavors including apple cider, balsamic, cane beer, and palm beer. From households to restaurants vinegar is always in demand.

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84 Food Business Ideas

84 Food Business Ideas

Food is one thing that will never go out of style as everybody needs to eat, several times a day. That’s why starting a business centered on food can be a truly rewarding enterprise.

Food Business Ideas

Here are 84 examples of food business ideas to consider.

Meal Planning

Similar to the dietician, a professional meal planner helps people to eat healthily over a set period of time. This works especially well for people on a diet who are trying to lose weight as the planned schedule for their meals can help eliminate extra snacking and unhealthy impulse eating.

Fitness Food Prep

Another excellent business idea is a combination of meal planner and nutrition coach. Preparing food in advance for the likes of athletes and bodybuilders is something of a niche market. And you would need to have potential clients lined up in advance, but if you are already a part of the health and fitness world with contacts at gyms and fitness centers, there is definitely an opportunity to start a food prep business.

Organic Food Shop

There has been a huge surge in the popularity of organic food in recent years, so an organic food shop could be the perfect food business idea for you.

While supermarkets and chain stores sometimes have small organic food sections or offer a few such items on their shelves, a store dedicated to such products will always be more attractive to shoppers seeking organic groceries.

Berry, Apple, Pumpkin, etc. Picking Farm

As a farmer with any of these crops, you can create different business plans. First you can distribute your harvest to restaurants, farmers markets or other food-related businesses. Additionally, you can also have people come to your farm and pick the crops themselves.

This is especially profitable with seasonal events such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and others.

Cake Decorating Classes

If you want to supplement the income of your cake shop, one of the best ways of doing it is by offering cake decorating classes.

These classes are inexpensive for you to conduct and very popular for foodies who want to learn one more trick of the trade.

Food Delivery

The food delivery business is now a standalone business. Although there are big national brands in the segment, you can start your delivery business by specializing in certain cuisines or locations.

Take a look at the delivery service in your area and find out how you can make it better.

Micro-Brewery

There seems to be no end to the popularity of craft beers. If you have a passion for beer and you want to make your brew, this is a great business opportunity.

Once you have the right brew you can sell them to consumers directly, bars and special events.

Fish Farm

The initial investment for a fish farm can be expensive, but once you have a working system in place it is very lucrative.

With the right product you can supply restaurants, grocery stores and even direct to consumers.

Food Kiosks

Whether it is an outdoor mall, sports venue, parks or other locations where there are a large group of people, food kiosks are a must.

If you get the right location with the right food, you will be guaranteed to get customers. It can be as simple as selling cold water and drinks or food.

Food Truck

While kiosks are limited on what kind of food they can sell, a food truck can pretty much sell almost any food item. Food trucks require a hefty initial investment, but they are worth it if you have the right product.

Again, location is very important for food trucks. But if you have great food, people will make the journey to taste your offerings.

Gourmet Popcorn

Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks around, and they are healthy to boot (if you cut out the butter). But with gourmet popcorn, you can create a wide range of flavors and colors to make them even more popular.

You can start the business at home and grow your customers or open up a shop. This is one of the more affordable food businesses you can start right away.

Health Food Store

People are more aware of the food they eat and health food stores are for everybody now. The good thing about this industry is it continues to grow.

You can further specialize by providing unique natural products grown locally as well as herbs and spices from around the world.

Herb Farm

The right herb can take an ordinary recipe to another level. One of the good things about herbs is you don’t need a very large piece of land.

With the available technology for indoor farming, you don’t even need to be out in the country. You can rent a warehouse and start an herb farm in the middle of the city.

Hot Sauce

You’ve probably seen a hot sauce challenge on YouTube. As a matter of fact, one of the more popular shows on YouTube is Hot Ones, which has 7.59 million subscribers.

The show has celebrities eating increasingly hot chicken/vegan wings. And some of the hot sauces they use are unique brands using different peppers and herbs.

This is another business you can start in your home.

International Food Retail

The international aisle in grocery stores leaves much to be desired. For most foodies finding these ingredients means running around town to markets from different nationalities; if they are available.

Opening an all in one international food store is one way to grab the market.

Ready-Made Meals

People want to eat good food, but their busy schedules don’t allow them to cook the food they want to eat.

By making meals that are ready to eat, you can quickly establish a large customer base. This can eventually lead to a restaurant and other business options.

Dietary Foods for Patients

There are many patients who have strict dietary requirements. If you are cook, you can get together with a dietician and start a business specifically designed to address this group.

If you get into this business, you are going to be working with clients with chronic diseases. So get ready for long-term relationships with them.

Mobile Bartending

From birthdays to parties, celebrations and countless other events, having a bartender will make the occasion more festive.

However, finding a good bartender is not easy. If you pride yourself in being a good bartender, you can start a mobile bartending business. And with so many events, you can grow your business quickly.

Mushroom Farm

The button mushroom was the only mushroom most people knew. But today the market has a wide range of mushrooms.

A mushroom farm can be a very lucrative business if you start growing gourmet or medicinal mushrooms. You can sell them directly to customers, restaurants or health food stores.

Olive Oil Retail

In addition to the health benefits of olive oil, it also provides great flavor to foods. The problem is finding good premium olive oil can be difficult.

With so many brands and varieties from around the world, opening a store solely dedicated to olive oil can be a destination.

Personal Chef

If you are a chef, being a personal chef is a great way to get your career going. It can also work if you are a well-established chef.

Whether you are just starting or a seasoned pro, this part of the food industry provides more flexibility, creativity and great pay.

Bakery that Makes Food for Pets

Who doesn’t love their pets? And while not everyone can afford to give their pet gourmet food or baked goods all the time, they can be occasional treats.

With 68% of U.S. homes owning some kind of pet, there is huge potential in this segment.

Pop-Up Restaurant

If you are looking to gauge how people will respond to your food, you can open pop-up restaurants. If all goes well, you can decide on a location and go for it.

However, if you want to just open pop-up restaurants with different themes and menus, you can also do that.

Restaurant Supply

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S. as of the end of 2018. So, it goes without saying, they all need supplies.

Even though there are well-established suppliers, you can always get in by providing unique products. You can even choose some from this list, such as gourmet olive oils, mushrooms and more.

Salt Retail

Salt!? Not that long ago, there were only one or two kinds of salt in most grocery stores.  Now you can get everything from Himalayan to French Gray salt and so much more.

This a great business you can start in your home to supply your local eateries as well as customers online. And if all goes well you can even open a retail shop.

Spice Retail

Just like the salt and herb idea, spices are also a great way to start a business in your home and grow. Granted the spice aisle in supermarkets are formidable, but in most cases,  they have been sitting on the shelves for a long time.

Introduce fresh spices to your market, and it won’t be long before you start grabbing customers from everywhere.

Tea Retail

Coffee shops are a dime a dozen and they also offer tea in most places. But if you specializing in just tea from around the world, you will have a good business model.

Since this will be a specialized shop, you have to find the right location as well have a strong online presence to ensure the long-term viability of the business.

Water

There are many types of water being sold in the market. The bad news is you can’t find them all in one place.

As people continue to choose high-quality water, having a business solely dedicated to water and water paraphernalia is not that absurd. The industry is going to be worth $217.2 billion by 2026, so there is a great opportunity there.

Wine Shop, Class or Tasting

The total wine market value in the U.S. was $70.5 billion in 2018. This is a huge industry that supplies consumers and the food industry.

As a licensed operator, you can sell directly to consumers as well as business in the food industry. You can also hold wine classes and wine tasting to supplement your income in a very substantial way.

Canning Service

Canning fresh foods is a great business for people who want to preserve fruits, vegetables and even meats. The problem is the process is labor-intensive.

If you can provide a service for canning the foods people want to preserve, you can have a great business. It may be seasonal depending on what people want to can, but it can also go on year-round with other products.

Jerky Making

Jerky meat is a very popular source of quick and readily available source of protein for health-conscious people. Even though it has been around forever, a new customer base is discovering this food.

Making jerky is relatively easy, but time-consuming. With the right tools and ingredients, you can start making jerky and have a lucrative business.

Online Cooking School

One of the greatest features of the internet is you can be anywhere and provide a service. If you are a professional cook, you can start your own online cooking school.

With this technology, you can start offering personal one-on-one classes or to multiple people at the same time. Best of all you can do it from the comfort of your own home or restaurant if you have one.

Catering Equipment Rental

There are thousands of catering gigs taking place every week across the country, and not all of them have their own equipment.

This is a specialized segment of the food industry, but if you make inroads it can be very lucrative. At the same time, you can also expand to the supply side of the foods caterers need.

Menu, Food or Nutrition Consultant

As a consultant, you can address restaurants, chefs, nutritionists and organizations with food services such as schools.

With so many dietary requirements in today’s nutritional spectrum, being a consultant is an invaluable asset. This is a business that requires certifications and degrees, but with the right credentials it can be a strong business model.

Artisan Bakery

Not all breads are created equal, and artisan bakers have managed to show people what they are missing.

If you are already a baker, making the switch will be much easier than starting over. But no matter which way you start your business, the growth of artisan breads will keep your company going for the long run.

Nut Butter Retail

You can make peanut, almond, cashew, macadamia, pistachio and other nut butter. By making them yourself without preservatives and added sugars you can have the upper hand of the processed products in the grocery stores.

The one downside is allergies and the cost of some of these nuts can be quite expensive. But if you find the right supplier and you are careful, it is a great food business.

Energy Drink Business

Energy drinks are everywhere, but they leave much to be desired when it comes to health. If you create your own natural energy drink, you can have a slice of this $32 billion market in 2018.

The process can be expensive initially, but if you believe you have the best product the payoff can be huge.

Gourmet Ice Cream Cones

Ice cream cones have come a long way, but it is still limited to a few choices. For ice cream parlors that are too busy to make their own, you can start providing gourmet ice cream cones.

You can differentiate your cones by providing more flavor profiles, colors and shapes. This a business you can easily start at home and scale as need as you supply local ice cream parlors.

Noodle Making

Noodle houses are popping up all over the place, and not all of them make their own noodles in house. Making fresh noodles is a great selling point for all these restaurants.

What is more, you can create a range of noodles with different ingredients such as buckwheat and gluten-free alternatives.

Gourmet Candies

Almost everyone has a sweet tooth, which is why candy manufacturing is a multibillion-dollar industry. But there are sweets connoisseurs who want something better than the mass-manufactured fare.

If you create gourmet candies you can sell them online, local high-end restaurants and bakeries as well as food fairs. This is also another business you can start at home and grow from there.

Sauces

If you want a really good sauce you have to make it. And if you have made your own sauce in the past, you know it is a time-consuming process.

Making sauces is a great business you can start in your own kitchen. If you turn out quality sauces, it won’t be long before word of mouth gets your brand recognized.

Marinades

Just like sauces, a great marinade can take your recipes to another level. And with so many options, you can create marinades for beef, chicken, fish, lamb as well as veggies.

If you know what you are doing in the kitchen and you are creative, you can create marinades that will have people coming back over and over.

Protein Bars

The protein bar industry is slated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% until 20204. While this is great news for the industry, not all protein bars are created equal.

The biggest challenge is the taste, and if you can overcome this obstacle you can grab a market share from a growth industry. Take your time and experiment in your home until you find the right recipe and go for it.

Local Restaurant Guide

If you love the food industry, this is a great way to keep tabs on what is going on in your city. As local restaurant guide, you can bring customers and restaurateurs together.

This is especially a great business opportunity if you live in a big city with many restaurants. You can make money from customers and restaurants. And if all goes well you can expand to other cities around you or create tours in other countries known for their cuisine.

Gourmet Doughnuts

Doughnuts are readily available in every city. However, the growth of the gourmet doughnuts segment is showing people are willing to pay more for some exceptionally great doughnuts.

Everything from bacon to cereal, mangoes, jalapeños and more have been used. If you can create truly unique doughnuts, there is a market for you out there.

Romantic Catering

There are many romantic special occasions, and if you can plan the food side of said occasions you can have a good business.

This is a great part-time business. Whether you are a professional cook, an enthusiastic amateur or just starting out, this is a great way to get into the food industry. It is also a sold way to build a customer base for any future food-related business.

Vending Machines

Vending machines run the gamut. You can put everything from candies to sodas, fruits, sandwiches, soups, nuts, and much more.

If you find the right location and differentiate your machines with quality sandwiches, soups and other items, you will have a great business. The key to this business is location, but once you have that you can grow fast.

Gluten-Free Food Business

Gluten allergy can make people with celiac disease, wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity miserable. And for these people as well others with a milder form of the allergy, finding gluten-free foods is not always possible.

Creating a business catering especially to people with a gluten allergy or people that want to avoid gluten entirely is becoming a viable business model.

Asian Grocery Retail

Owning your own Asian grocery store will help you offer traditional and authentic Asian products that big chains don’t. Your bottom line will be affected by your location and the products you plan to sell.

Your products can be diverse and can include canned goods, sauces, produce, spices, and meats. Your knowledge of Asian dishes can help you understand what is on demand. Asian grocery can be rewarding as it is a convenient way to explore new cultures and hone in your entrepreneur skills.

Baby Food Business

The global baby food market is an enticing one as it is set to reach $76.48 billion by 2021. Even more so with parents looking for natural baby food recipes free of preservatives, sugars, salt, fillers and artificial colors.

You can do experiment with producing your own baby food through a combination of steaming, roasting and pureeing. Before launching your product, test your recipes on family and friends with children to get feedback.

If all goes well, start marketing your baby food.

Bagel Shop Business

Made famous in New York as a classic breakfast food, bagel shops are now available almost everywhere. Despite its potential to make you a tidy sum, bagel shops are a lot of work.

You will need to churn out fresh bagels every day. But the rewards are plenty if you succeed in building a good customer base. Plus, you can also sell beverages and side dishes to increase your revenue.

BBQ Catering Service

The mere simplicity and popularity of a BBQ is a great idea for a business. Whether social functions or corporate events, BBQs parties are great.

Barbeques are simple enough to cater. However, if you’re holding a large function planning, ordering, preparing, and cooking food for your guests can become complicated. The one drawback is there is huge competition, so your BBQ has to be great.

Biscuit Making

Biscuit making can be a fulfilling business that comes with little startup capital. Despite mass-produced automated biscuits companies in the market, many consumers prefer fresh biscuits from a local bakery.

The biscuit making business has a huge potential market as biscuits are almost consumed in every home on a daily basis.  Key to your success is packaging, flavors and of course health-conscious ingredients.

Candy Retail

Candy and sweets are high margin products-meaning higher returns from sales. Most everybody loves candy and treats, as such a candy store not only brings smiles but profits as well. America’s candy manufacturing industry generates $20 billion annually, so there is a market for more.

From the odd indulgence to the holidays we all go to the candy shop for our sweet cravings. The benefit of opening a candy store is you have almost unlimited options when it comes to inventory.

By buying in bulk for high sought after brands and sweets you stand to make a killing in retail.

Canteen Management

There are lots of businesses looking for expertise to run their canteens. From following up inventories to help host events, canteen management can be fun.

This business requires expertise across a range of fields. But if you have the skills, there many canteens which want to leave the management to experts.

Cat Cafe Business

Cat cafes have been popular in Asia since the 1990s. The first Cat café was opened in Taipei, Taiwan and has now spread across the world.  Cat cafe businesses offer people a place to relax with friends and cats while enjoying a warm beverage and pastries.

Some cat cafés serve food and drinks while others are just relaxation spaces to unwind with a cat.  In addition to serving human customers, many cafes also help the cats they house by making the cats available for adoption. If you love cats and cafes, this might be a fun business idea for you.

But before you start, make sure the regulations in your area allow pets with food service.

Catering

Catering can be a profitable business provided you know your meals and have a knack for pleasing people. With a moderate startup capital investment, you can start your business by catering to friends and family.

However, it requires a solid understanding of every detail related to this business. One of the biggest reasons caterers fail is because they can’t manage everything. As an owner, you have to know everything.

Cheesecake Making

If you are a great cook and know how to make a delicious cheesecake, why not launch a business? You can start making money quickly by selling them to friends and neighbors.

Fairs and festivals can also help boost your sales as well as reputation. Quality is of the utmost importance. If you have a great product it will evolve to word-of-mouth advertising and bring you more clients.

Cheese Shop Business

Turning your passion for artisan cheese into a successful business will require careful planning. The key to your success will greatly depend on your ability to source your products and the variety of cheeses you can offer your clients.

You can start small by offering a casual setting where people can come and enjoy the different cheeses. But rest assured, you will grow quickly if you stock quality cheeses from around the world.

Chocolate Business

If you love making chocolate treats and crafting candy, a chocolate shop/business might be for you. Sourcing is especially important for raw chocolate. But with the right chocolate, you can start making a wide range of treats.

With the average American eating an estimated 22 pounds of chocolate every year, let’s face it, it’s the nation’s guilty pleasure. You can sell your chocolates in retail, wholesale or events. If you’ve been sitting on a family recipe that always has people begging for more, why not pull it out and make it profitable?

Coffee Roasting Business

Fresh coffee roasters have a distinct advantage. And the value lies with the fresh factor. With the advent of designer coffee shops, more and more people are looking for creative brews in their coffee.

With the right equipment, mad roasting skills and an appealing shop you can brew your way to success. What is more, you can start providing your services to other coffee shops.

Coffee Sales

Let’s face it, coffee is what really drives our economy. Can you imagine your office without coffee? From boosting productivity in the workforce to promoting a relaxed environment as well as the health benefits, coffee is truly king.

More than two-thirds of Americans consume coffee every day. With a customer base of more than 200 million people, this is always a great business. But with so much competition, you have to find a way to differentiate yourself. Do that and you are guaranteed to have customers.

 Cupcake Business

Cupcake shops are considered recession-proof. The lure for patrons is that cupcakes have a small price tag, and they are the ultimate feel-good purchase that won’t break the bank.

Benefits include low startup costs, simple business model, the ability to create one’s work schedule and the business can be run from home.

Deli

Since the 1800s delicatessen, better known as delis, were brought to the U.S. by German Jews. Operating a deli can be both fun and profitable.

You can start many different types of delis, the key is to identify the market in your area and provide the food they want to eat. Your product line is unlimited as you have a choice from soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees- the sky is the limit.

Diner

Diners are a staple in the American restaurant industry. Whether it is a classic diner or a new building, they are a solid business provided you have great and cheap food.

Your service differentiation can fall on a variety of factors. These could include speed, quality of service, price, restaurant theme and menu items. Good customer service and experience in the food industry can be an asset.

Dinner Theatre

Let’s face it who doesn’t like to sit at a play or a musical and enjoy some fine grub? Having a keen sense of entertainment and identifying good food can go a long way here.

With a dinner theatre, you have three business units to manage the restaurant, the act and the bar. Dinner Theatre can be popular among tourists, couples on a date night or anybody who wants to squeeze in some entertainment while having a meal.

Edible Cookie Dough Cafe

An edible cookie dough cafe serves cookie dough, usually without eggs and other pathogen-carrying ingredients. The doughs are either served in cartons or on cones similar to ice cream.

The concept of edible cookie dough cafes came from the desire to allow customers to relive their childhood memories. Eating cookie dough off the beaters or licking the bowl and spatula clean can take you to a special place.

Farmers Market

A farmers’ market is a great way to connect producers of local farms with a health-conscious public. As a business, you will to find sellers, stalls and win over a customer in a convenient location.

Customers include individual consumers as well as eateries looking for the freshest produce for their menu. Starting a farmers’ market is a great way to further other opportunities in the restaurant industry.

Fast Food

The competitive advantage a fast-food business has is its ability to provide affordable food to customers in as little time as possible. Fast food establishments come in all shapes and sizes from drive-thrus to traditional sit-down meals.

If you don’t want to establish your own fast food restaurant, you can take a look at franchises.

Fine Dining

If you have a flair for providing excellent dining and catering to an upscale clientele, fine dining might just be right for you.

There are plenty of customers who are willing to splurge a little more for the optimal experience. Top-shelf wine, fine cutlery exceptional service are the hallmarks of fine dining.

Frozen Yogurt Business

A frozen yogurt business is all about offering variety to your customers. You can offer anything from smoothies to parfaits with an infinite amount of toppings and flavor combinations. You can add to your business model by also offering specialty drinks.

The key to success is how well you craft a specialty recipe along with your production methods.

Honey Processing

Honey processing entails removing wax and other foreign unwanted particles from honey. There are lots of cost-effective machinery in the market that can help you achieve this.

Starting a honey business will require you to properly plan and prepare before starting operation. You not only produce honey but also byproducts such as beeswax and propolis. Propolis is widely used in food and cosmetic products such as lip balms, toothpaste, lotions, shampoos, cosmetics, and ointments.

Jam and Jelly Making

Jam jelly-making business is a profitable enterprise as they are the staple of most breakfasts. The business allows you to experiment with different flavors from fruits to make a wide variety of jam and jelly.

The key to success here is getting noticed. Offer samples to local networking meetings, grocery stores, and mixers to get your name out. Creating unique flavors is also key to differentiate yourself.

Nutritionist

As a  nutritionist, you can help your clients lead a healthy lifestyle. By assessing the nutritional needs of your clients’ you can determine the types of food and beverages they should eat to stay healthy.

A nutrition business requires degrees and certifications. But once you have them, you can work for yourself or companies in the healthcare segment by providing your services.

Cooking Competition Organizer or Cooking Reality Show

Who doesn’t like a cooking completion, especially an organic one? With more and more households being conscious of what they eat, organizing an organic cookout can be great.

By hosting these competitions, you not only get hard cash from sponsorship but also help communities be healthier. You can also raise your game from community competitions to city and statewide events.

Pasta Making Business

Although Italian pasta is the most well-known, your pasta businesses can also specialize in all types of noodles. Your target market for a pasta business can be foodies as well as restaurants who don’t want to make their own pasta.

Fresh pasta commands a higher price than dry pasta. Inventory management is key to ensure you always have fresh pasta and your supply doesn’t go to waste.

Pickling Business

Pickling is a process of preserving fruit or vegetable through fermentation. You can produce different types of pickles according to the demand of your local market.

The ease of storing pickles allows for low costs in storage. You can sell your pickles at farmers’ markets, roadside stands or local grocer.

Potato Chip Maker

As there is an ever-growing demand for convenience foods, potato chips is riding the wave. Sliced, thin and fried potato chips are very popular ready-to-eat snack items for those on the go.

Healthier alternatives are also cropping up. Chips that are not fired as well as any added artificial flavors or colors are in demand. With the right supplier, your profit margins can soar by just making potato chips.

Processed Dairy Food Business

A processed dairy food company produces anything from cheese, yogurt, milk, and everything in between. The segment is a thriving and profitable industry.

Depending on your production capacity and delivery capabilities the business can be very lucrative. The key is finding good suppliers to process dairy.

Snack Business

A snack business is easy to set up and comes with low startup capital. By some estimates 94% of adults in the U.S. snack daily. This is because snacks are faster, easier and efficient ways of consuming food on the go.

Snack food producers can work towards building a profitable business as well as help provide the nutritional needs of busy consumers.

Sushi Supply

Sushi is one of the more popular foods in the U.S. This has resulted in more restaurants and individuals making sushi as part of their menu.

However, finding the right sushi rice, wasabi and other ingredients can be difficult. A well-stocked sushi supply store with original Japanese products is a good business idea.

Tortilla Business

As the U.S. Latino population continues to increase, tortillas will become even more popular. But tortillas are also becoming a staple in non-Latino households.  If you have a passion for Latino food, and especially Mexican food, you may enjoy running a tortilleria.

Spice Powder Business

Spice grinding and packaging can be a profitable food processing businesses. Essentially you are providing solutions to your customer’s needs by saving them time and physical efforts from preparing spices. The demand for spices in the domestic and international market is growing as it is a huge consumable household item.

The customer base includes everyone from individual consumers to restaurants, hotels and more.

Vinegar Making

Vinegar is a very popular and good preservative commodity. It is composed of water and acetic acid and acts both as a preservative and medicine. It is available in different flavors including apple cider, balsamic, cane beer, and palm beer. From households to restaurants vinegar is always in demand.

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Weave Payments Untangles Payment Processing for Small Businesses

Weave Payments Untangles Payment Processing for Small Business

Weave has announced the launch of Weave Payments. It’s a full-scale payments platform that caters to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The platform looks to help owners reduce the time spent on back-end functions. These include processing paperwork so they can instead focus on growing and running successful businesses.

This is good news for the estimated 30+ million businesses across America. The platform comes with complete merchant services working in tandem with Weave’s communication suite to make processing payments simple for SMBs.

Launch of Weave Payments

Its features include Text to Pay, fast-processing terminals and mobile wallets. This, in turn, allows everything from payments to appointments to be integrated within Weave’s toolbox. Most small businesses rely on various software and platforms to assist them in running their businesses to provide personalized customer experiences. But managing these various platforms can be a drain on their resources. In turn, this forces them to hire more employees earlier than many would like.

The most critical function, that of accepting and processing payments, can be a tedious and time-consuming process for small firms. And, getting that payment software to integrate with other business-critical apps can be challenging for some small business owners as well.

Payments is part of the overall Weave platform, a complete business toolbox for service-based businesses.

“Weave Payments is an integral part of the end-to-end Weave platform. Weave offers solutions for every step of the business process–from the first phone call to the final invoice,” says Jefferson Lyman, Chief Product Officer at Weave, in the press release.

What Does Weave Do?

Weave’s toolbox mostly caters to service-based businesses. It does this through the integration of hardware and software solutions. They help streamline and simplify business growth, retention and communication.

Weave’s offering to SMBs helps businesses attract customers. And also retain them. Most importantly, the software communicates with them in a way that they want to be communicated with.

In an exclusive email interview with Small Business Trends, Marty Smuin, COO of Weave, says, “The problem Weave solves is one of communications, but also one of efficiency and control for the business operator; our toolbox brings it all together, no more operating from 5 or 6 software platforms, which prevents optimization and causes confusion, which increases costs and causes churn.”

The software install is seamless. But it will require replacing an office phone system with a new VoIP phone system.

“Providing a new VoIP phone system, which is easy to install, and our software platform makes Weave the most powerful customer-oriented platform on the market today. The overall transition is to Weave is simple,” adds Smuin.

Throughout the entire deployment, Weave ensures it doesn’t interrupt your business end-to-end.

Once deployed, the system provides a unified offering. It brings the operational platform on the market today to bear. This entails providing a seamless communication platform. It begins with an intelligent phone platform. The platform collects and displays all call/customer data. The software manages all data with the goal of significantly increasing functionality and efficiency.

“Everything we do takes into consideration the customer relationship from both sides, what we provide to our customers and what our customers provide for their customers.  One-stop shopping for a platform that is bookended by VoIP phones and a payment platform with all the communication stack in between, this is what sets Weave apart,” says Smuin.

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