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5 Ways To Earn Money From Home Cooking

5 Ways To Earn Money From Home Cooking

If you’re passionate about food and cooking, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use that passion to earn some extra cash. After all, everybody needs food, and being able to cook well is a highly sought-after skill. You don’t even have to be a professional chef. If friends and family are always complimenting you on your cooking, then that might mean you have what it takes to do something with food that people will be happy to pay for.

Here are five ways you can go about earning an extra income from food.

1. Social Dining: Get your piece of the cake

The fast-growing social dining phenomenon is really an extension of social networking, only this really is social — you actually get to meet up with the people you communicate with online in real life!

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And it’s really taken off. There are new social dining platforms appearing all the time. However, it is in the home restaurant niche where the real money is. It is very possible to earn a good profit while developing your skills in the kitchen.

There are specialist online platforms out there to help you connect with people who will pay restaurant prices for your menu. Just be sure that you test out your recipes, as well as your ability to cook and look after a large number of people, before turning your home into a pop-up restaurant.

2. Cooking lessons: A recipe for success

If you do try social dining, you might find that a lot of guests are asking about techniques or the preparation of certain dishes, which brings us to our next tip for making money from home cooking — running your own virtual cooking school.

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Again, there are plenty of tools online that to help you do this, the most obvious being Skype. With the current trend in celebrity chefs and home cooking, online classes are one route amateurs are choosing to gain new skills.

The secret here is to find the niche that differentiates you from the competition, whether that’s a particular type of cuisine or a specialised skill. Obviously, previous experience in a professional kitchen can help, but if you already have a food blog with a lot of followers, this could be the ideal target audience if you’re planning to offer classes.

3. Your own website: All the ingredients for a profitable business venture

We’ve already touched on the subject of a food blog, which can be the perfect tool for showcasing your knowledge and expertise in a certain area. If you already have one, or are thinking of setting one up, why not go a step further and develop it into a website that can be monetized.

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There are plenty of content management platforms out there to help you do that and offer ways for your customers to pay. Once that’s in place, all you need to do is add the revenue streams, such as downloadable recipes, kitchen tools or utensils, cookery books, or even food products that you create yourself.

4. Specialist cooking: Serve up some expertise

At a time when people are more health conscious and careful about what they put in their bodies than ever before, there’s a huge market opening up for specialist food categories, such as gluten-free, vegan, homegrown, or organic produce. If you’re an expert in one of these areas, then many people will gladly pay you to share that expertise, especially if you have developed innovative ways to help with sourcing, growing, designing, and preparing clever foods from what can often be a limited range of ingredients.

5. YouTube Cooking Channel: Become a celebrity chef

Another popular way of making money online is through a YouTube channel. This medium is already cluttered with would-be celebrity chefs, so to succeed here, again, you’ll need a niche, a theme, or an angle. It doesn’t even have to directly focus on the preparation of food dishes.

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One idea, for instance, might be to review the best food products or kitchen equipment. That way, you might be able to get sponsorships from producers or manufacturers. The key is to get as many viewers as possible to your channel, as you’ll be relying on ads for your revenue. You’ll need to enable your channel for monetization and connect your money to an AdSense account in order to be paid. You’ll also need to know, or be prepared to learn, about video and sound techniques to ensure that you get good quality videos.

When used in combination, these individual strategies can provide you with a full-time income. As a newcomer to this field of expertise, it’s important that you persevere with your passion of cooking and keep your long-term goals in mind. Don’t be put off by a slow start, as miracles do not happen overnight. However, once you gain momentum and begin to build a presence both online and through word of mouth, the results can come thick and fast.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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