Running your own business is a great way to be your own boss and make money doing something you love. Starting a cooking class from your home is a rewarding way to share skills that you may have spent a lifetime honing. You can impart cooking secrets you've acquired or the recipes members of your family have passed down from generation to generation. According to bizymoms.com, "A lot of people love to cook delicious meals, but may not be able to learn the skills themselves." Starting a cooking school is providing people with instruction they want and need.
Determine what your class is going to teach and whether any of your skills need brushing up or refreshing. For example, while your baking skills might be top-notch, your cutting and frying skills might need work.
Take a class focused on a particular cooking discipline you need to be brush up.
Consider how many people the kitchen in your home can accommodate. Most kitchens in an average house can fit five to seven people before it starts getting cramped.
Make a list of the equipment you will need to purchase for your class. Consider purchasing things like extra electric beaters or other gadgets that will save time because beating a brownie batter until smooth is fine when you're alone in the kitchen, but it will take up a lot of your class time.
Teach a demo class once a day or several times a week. Have students fill out anonymous comment cards, and assess the weak spots of your class.
Take out an advertisement in your local newspaper when you feel you are ready to teach more students and teach classes more frequently.
Use your computer to design flyers that have information about your class as well as your contact information on them. Include a simple but alluring image, such as a large cupcake or a steaming souffle. Print the flyers and leave them in strategic places such as by cash registers in supermarkets or in houseware supply stores. Be sure you ask the store's permission first.
Provide special trinkets for your students to go the extra mile as their teacher and to distinguish yourself from the competition. For example, you can offer a free pie pan for the first person who finishes a recipe or perfects a bread baking technique.
File your business license. Visit the businessname.net web site, which will help you file your DBA (doing business as) license. It registers your legal business name if you are going to use something other than your first and last names.
Apply for liability insurance. The law requires you to have this if you are running a business. Many home or auto insurance providers offer liability insurance, so you may just have to call your car or house insurance agent to ask about liability coverage.
Create a warm environment for your students. Have pleasant, low music playing in the background, make sure everyone has her own workspace and keep the room sunny and cheerful.
Things you need
- Refresher cooking course
- Cooking or baking equipment
- Gifts for students