So, you are a cooking enthusiast who is wondering how to make money selling recipes. You probably have a lot of recipes already or you love to work on developing new ones.
But, how to make money selling recipes? How much do recipes sell for? In this post, we will talk about 10 ways of selling recipes online for money and making it your full-time stay at home job.
One word of caution –
Before you sell a recipe, you need to ensure you own the right. Under copyright laws, making minor changes to an already existing recipe is not sufficient to avoid infringement charges. Your recipe needs to be new and not obvious to others. So, fried rice, half fry eggs etc are not earning you any money.
So, let’s start on how to make money selling recipes.
1. Sell recipes on Etsy (selling recipes online)
One of the outlets for getting paid for recipes online is Etsy.
I have seen stores who sell individual recipes, recipe books or a bunch of recipes put together in different styles (for example, this one is a large metal vintage box with a bunch of recipes)
So, how much do recipes sell for? I checked that out too!
The average price of a recipe on Etsy start from $2 and goes up to 32 and more. It all depends on the form (book, individual piece, etc), value, add-ons etc you are providing along with it. For example, this recipe library is priced at $116.
So, let your creative juices flow, promote the hell out of your Etsy shop and sell recipes for money.
I highly recommend you to read this article on promoting your Etsy shop and boosting your sales using this ONE tool
2. Sell recipes for money to magazines
You can always sell the recipes to food and drinks magazine. Many a time, lifestyle, health, fashion and kids magazines are also on a lookout for recipes specific to their target audience.
Here are a few magazines that pay for home recipes:
- Taste of Home: Holidays are around the corner, and this is the best time to approach them. They have several contests throughout the year (especially this time around) where you can submit recipes and win awesome prices.
- Cuisine at Home: If you have a unique way of solving a cooking problem, they pay up to $100 for it. So, submit your recipe or any amazing kitchen tip.
- Cooking Light pays $50 and sends you a T-shirt upon publication. The email of their editors is given on the linked page.
- EatingWell pays $1/word for articles that meet their publication guidelines
- FamilyFun pays up to $1.25 per word for recipes
- Healthy Living pays approx. $150 for a 1500 word post
There are many more online magazines that pay $100+ for recipes.
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3. Become a freelance food writer
Freelance writing is a lucrative option if you love food. But, how do you make money selling recipes as a freelance writer?
Of course! There are so many ways you can look for clients in this space. A few of your target clients can include
- Bloggers & Magazines in these niches
- Kids and family
- Food product companies
- Health and Fitness related companies
- Restaurants and food outlets
- Business near you who sell products required to make these recipes
- Fitness centers
You can find recipe writer jobs here
So, you can get paid to write recipes and related things. I have put together a 7-day FREE email course which shares all my strategies to be successful at freelance writing as a beginner. You can grab it here and get started as a recipe writer
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4. Start your own food blog
We all go online and search for recipes. Most of them are food blogs by people like yourself who are cooking enthusiasts. Right?
So, why not capitalize your talent and start a food blog. Not only can you monetize your blog with ebooks, but you can also earn with ads, sponsored posts (working with brands) and affiliate marketing
You can start by signing up with Bluehost, Siteground or Hostgator. These are the three most reliable and recommended hosting services. If you’re confused between them, read this post on starting a blog and the comparison of all three hosting services.
Remember, blogging is not only about sharing recipes and it requires persistent efforts to drive traffic (so you can make money!).
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5. Write an ebook and sell recipes for money
Recipe books do extremely well on Kindle, so you should totally go for it. Learn how to publish your own ebook on Kindle and start selling recipes online.
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Put your recipes together, proofread the document (or hire a proofreader on Fiverr), upload it on Kindle and wait for it to be approved.
And, boom. You are selling recipes online for profit.
A few things to remember
- Kindle formatting needs to be done in a certain way. Find someone on Fiverr and it will make it easy for you
- Work on creating great book covers. It helps to increase the sales.
- Use the right keywords in your book description to make it searchable
- Make it easy to use (you can use anchor text, table of content etc to make it user-friendly)
- Use beautiful images
Once you have published an ebook and earned money from it, you can write another ebook on how to make selling recipes *winks*
6. Start a YouTube Channel
A lot of people, nowadays, find cookbooks old school and prefer watching videos or reading a blog post instead.
If you have a decent camera, you can start creating your own recipe videos. Post them on YouTube and start your own channel. Try different types of videos and see which one resonates with your audience. A few ideas
- Filming yourself making the recipe as you provide commentary
- Focusing on ingredients only (with only hands showing) as you provide commentary
Check out different channels on YouTube and take inspiration before you start your own.
- This can help you understand how to vlog, use a camera, how to edit etc
- This will show you how to grow your YouTube channel quickly
7. Revenue Sharing
8. Sell it to bloggers
If you ask me how to make money selling recipes, the first thing I would say is to market them to food bloggers. Professional bloggers are extremely caught up with work, so buying recipes save a lot of time and stress.
You can start with Cooking for Engineers where you can submit any recipe for publication on their blog. If your post is chosen, you get anywhere between $10 to $20 per recipe. You can also check out Crafty Morning. However, they accept blog posts only if they have amazing photos.
If you want to earn more money selling recipes online and entice the more authoritative bloggers, work on a finished article. Meaning, have an introduction, conclusion, top notch photos, ingredient lists, instructions, tips, and keywords. Bloggers will ALWAYS come back and buy from you if all they have to do is hit publish.
8. Selling your recipes to restaurants and companies
Restaurant and many food companies are always on the lookout for new recipes.
Create a media kit which showcases testimonials, bloggers/companies you have worked with, kinds of recipes you have etc. You can use PicMonkey or DesignWizard to create this PDF.
Start approaching and cold emailing companies and restaurants. That said, be careful not to reveal too much about the recipe. You do not want anyone to be able to make it.
9. Freelance recipe developer
Brands, businesses, and restaurants are always on a lookout for recipe developer (and, they pay good money for it as well). The best way of doing this is to pitch them directly. However, you may find some jobs online.
Before you develop any recipe or pitch any brand, study them carefully and understand their values. For example, are they gluten free or are they specific to a diet (like Paleo or Keto).
Do good work, and make sure there is no copyright infringement. This increases the likelihood of referral sales and working with the same company again.
10. Sell on Facebook groups
Facebook groups are a great way to connect people all around the globe and sell your recipes. There are many groups that bring virtual assistants, freelance writers, bloggers, and other content creators together.
A few private Facebook groups to join
- Blogger Resource Room,
- Pinterest Friendly Content for Bloggers
- Let’s Get Creative
- Elite VA Buy/Sell Exclusive Content and Services
- Buy and sell exclusive content
These groups have people who are interested in showcasing their work available for others to purchase. So, submit a request to join the groups and get started. That said, do follow the best practices and rules set by the group owner.
There you go –
You know everything about how to make money selling recipes.
Oh, one more thing. Before you sell a recipe, ensure you have a contract that covers all the important specifics. It is necessary to protect your valuable recipes. A few things to work on – whether you can continue promoting the recipe, who owns the copyright, payment terms and whether or not you’ll receive credit for your recipe.
Now, OVER TO YOU.
Do you have secret grandma recipes you are proud of? Do you think you can make recipe selling your new work at home job? Do you have other ideas on how to make money selling recipes?
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