Starting a Home Food Delivery Service?

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This is a page about starting a home food delivery service. There is a lot to be done if you want to cook for at home and sell it. From calculating profitable prices to meeting food safety standards. Here is some great advice if you are interested in starting a home based food delivery service.


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March 15, 2016

I want to cook out of my home and start a lunchtime food delivery service, but I don't know what to do!


March 16, 20160 found this helpful
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What a fun idea, Tanita! Before you decide, however, please consider the expenses involved as well as the potential income.

Start by acquiring as much information as possible. Why not buy an inexpensive notebook to keep all the information in one place?

Your City Hall will be able to tell you a lot about business license and health inspection requirements. Be sure to ask about costs and please dont neglect insurance (if someone gets sick you could lose everything).


Youll want to make a few decisions about your business structure. Will you have a partner or are you doing this by yourself? Do you want a separate bank account for your business? Your book-keeping will be a lot easier if you pay all the bills from this account and, similarly, deposit all your earnings to that same account. Of course youll want to pay yourself too, but Id advise to keep it simple and pay yourself once a week after all the other bills have been met.

Do you have a reliable vehicle? Do you have a menu in mind? How are you going to let people (potential customers) know about your service? Are you considering a specific group of people as your clients? People who work all day, for instance, single people as well as couples who both work? Theyre usually too tired to prepare meals for themselves at the end of the day. If youre considering lunches, are you targeting seniors? Bear in mind many of the elderly are on fixed incomes and you may not make much profit. Do you intend to deliver lunches to people at the places they work? Will you require permission from employers ahead of time (banks, for instance, have restricted areas)? Have you considered catering to business lunches and if so, how are you going to compete with the people already supplying that service?


Are you a good cook? Are you promoting healthful meals? Have you investigated wholesale suppliers? What are you going to do about packaging? How much are you going to charge and will you ask your clients to pay on delivery?

Its a lot to consider, I know (having also given it a fair amount of thought: I love to cook) and please dont take my questions as criticism or rain on your parade.

Wishing you every success!

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March 23, 2020

I'm in search of some help with a name for a meal plan delivery company I'm looking to start. It's going to be on the healthier side with clean meals (turkey, chicken, asparagus, broccoli, etc., etc.). I will also have regular meals (meatloaf, fajitas, stuffed peppers, etc.) along with breakfast meals, salads, wraps, and a few desserts and snacks.


I'm looking to make it professional, out of a kitchen while being able to brand it. I'd like for it to be able to recognized as like a McDonalds, 7-11, and Publix is around my area.

I know a few do it out of their kitchens and just do it for their clients if they're a trainer or whatnot, but I want it to be a brand, like Sun Basket
( or Freshly (

A few of the names I like, but are taken are....



We don't want to be just for gym people, we want to be a convenient meal delivery company that offers clean healthy meals as well as regular type meals while keeping those on the relatively healthy side as well while being able to brand it.

I've been stuck on this for months. I have tried using Fiverr to get some help finding names, but yet none of the ones I've received back have hit home for me.

Any name ideas would be tremendously appreciated! Thank you in advance!


March 23, 20200 found this helpful

Cheftyme, Chef-tyme, Chef Time, Chef/Fresh, Chef-Mmmm

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

Could you tell me the name of the city you live in and your first name? That might help with coming up with ideas.

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March 25, 20200 found this helpful

This site is still Chef Bistro Delivers would be the biz name.


Hope you like it! Let me know what you select!

Best wishes on your venture!! Are you going through you local Small Business Administration Office if you are in the US. They can help you get all of the permits and such so you can function.

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