Isn’t it the American dream to be your own boss? To have a job you love and be successful? It seems that so many people these days are looking for their dream job, looking to be independent, or even just looking to add to their income with a job on the side. My farm stand dreams have led me down the same path. I’d love to be able to work from my own home. With that thought, I was given the chance to review Homemade For Sale by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko, a book all about “how to set up and market a food business from your home kitchen.”
I was so excited to get this book. I started reading it right away and could hardly put it down. So many people have “that” recipe that all of their family members and coworkers are always begging them to make. “Please bring your delicious Crispy Chocolate Doodle Cookies to the next party!” “Could I get you to make me a loaf or two of that Rosemary Sourdough Bread for me? I have family coming into town and want to treat them.” They’ve been told it’s so good they could sell millions, “Everyone would buy them!”
But it’s not as easy as just whipping up a batch and setting up a lemonade stand on the front lawn. As with just about everything else, there are rules. In most states here in the US, they are known as “cottage food laws” or “cottage food legislation.” These laws allow and often encourage home cooks to start their own little business in their own kitchen. Each state has come up with their own set of laws, so I highly recommend looking up your state’s version and studying up before you start selling those Double Dutch Cookies to all your neighbors.
Homemade For Sale is a great guide to get you started on your journey to working from home. It guides you through the basics of getting started, gives you tips on where to find your laws and navigating your way through them, ideas of what you can make, planning and organizing suggestions, and pricing and marketing tips too! This really is a must for anyone with the dream to take their “perfect recipe” to the world. I really enjoyed the “Profile” sections, a look at an individual who has started and succeeded in their own from-home business through the cottage food laws.
(Plus Nell Newman, Paul’s daughter, wrote the introduction. It’s a great story of how Newman’s Own came to be!)
So who’s ready for a giveaway? Enter below to win YOUR copy of Homemade For Sale today! Don’t want to leave it up to chance? Order your copy of Homemade For Sale HERE today!
The Giveaway will end on May 8, 2015 at 12am Alaska time. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and announced on Idlewild Alaska’s Facebook page. Winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving their winner’s email, otherwise they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Idlewild Alaska. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. Idlewild Alaska did receive a free copy of Homemade From Scratch for reviewing purposes and a copy for this giveaway, but no monetary compensation. Please contact Idlewild Alaska with any questions.