If you like to cook, try new foods, and develop your own recipes, then you may be able to turn your love of food into income. Here are some ways you can make money with your knowledge of food:
Sell Your Recipes
My Recipe Magic: This site pays you each time someone views your recipe. It also provides a link back to your site if you happen to run a food blog. In fact, you can use the site’s “Magic Button” to post the recipe from My Recipe Magic to your site, so that you can get paid views. Once you upload your recipe, it takes a couple of days to review and publish it. And you need to actively promote the recipe to get clicks. The site provides tracking so you can see how many clicks you’re getting and how much you’re earning. Learn more at My Recipe Magic.
Recipay: This site allows you to submit recipes using brand names and get paid. Choose a food challenge, create and upload the recipe and earn $10 to $15 once validated. This is a French site, but it does appear to have English and U.S. payment. The FAQ and Help were in French though. You can learn more at Recipay.
Many magazines will pay you for your recipe. You can use a recourse like the Writers Market or Magazines.com to find cooking magazines. Visit the magazine’s website to find out if and how you can submit your recipe.
I wouldn’t rely on contests to pay the bills, but it can be a great source of mad money. Check out Contest Cook for a list of recipe contests. You can also try Cooking Contest Central, but it charges for access to it’s contests.
Write a Cookbook
It’s difficult to get a book traditionally published without a platform, but self-publishing has become so affordable that it’s a great option to sell to your recipes. Here are some resources to check out that can give more details on writing, publishing and selling a cookbook:
- Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More (Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Blogs,)
- How To Write and Publish a Cookbook: – A Guide To Writing, Self Publishing and Selling A Cookbook With No Publisher Contract and No Money
- Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Start a Food Blog
Blogging takes time to generate income, but it’s a great way to make money from a variety of sources. For example, with a food blog you can post your submissions to My Recipe Magic and then embed the recipe using the “Magic Button” for paid clicks. You can also create a sell your own cookbooks. Finally, you can include advertising in the form of contextual ads (i.e. Google Adsense), affiliate marketing, or selling ad space directly. Learn more about making money with a blog by checking out my book, Digital Writer Success: How to Make a Living Blogging, Freelance Writing and Publishing. Also, check out Nicole Dean’s How to Start a Recipe Blog: Make Money Sharing Your Cooking Successes and Disasters.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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