If cooking is your thing and you love making meals and treats for others, why not create a side business from it? You may feel strange about charging other people for your creations but you can overcome this by establishing reasonable prices and only using subtle advertising. If the food is as good as you think, it will speak for itself.
Business card stickers are the perfect marketing tools for this venture. They advertise that you are ready to take orders but they do not smack of promotion. Affix these to lids on prepared meals and containers of soup and apply them to plastic wrap or foil used to cover trays of cookies, cakes, and pies. People will soon be spreading the word that you are in business.
A flyer and website are perfect ways to advertise the menu. Include a menu flyer with each order and post the menu and weekly specials on the website. Include the site URL on the business card stickers so customers can easily find the specials each week. You can also set up a dedicated phone number for the specials, changing the recording each week.
This promotion effort should get you on the map in the local community. Word of mouth is an important component of advertising for a food service business. People who have tried your food will tell others how good it is. Give customers some extra stickers to pass along to others who request your business card.
By this time next year, what started as a part-time job may be verging on full-time. Seriously consider making this labor of love your primary career. People will always need to eat and if your prices are reasonable and earn you some profit, both the customers and you will be happy with the arrangement.