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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 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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