How to Start Selling Food Online

Your 11-step guide to starting a food business.

Pick your products

Here are some examples from Airmart shops:

Here are a few food business ideas to inspire you:

  • Tiffin service: Offer homemade meals for busy families and professionals who don’t have time to cook. Tiffin services are frequently requested on the Nextdoor social media app. “Tiffin” is an Indian English word for a meal, but tiffin services can include any type of cuisine.
  • Themed cookie boxes: Bake an assortment of decorated sugar cookies or gourmet flavored cookies for any and all occasions. Many neighborhood bakers use local Facebook groups to connect with customers looking for bespoke cookie boxes.
  • Party trays: Serve your specialty by the dozen (tamales, empanadas, samosas, beef patties, etc.) for events and holidays. You’ll be busy with orders all year round.

Define your brand

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Make it legal


  • Name and address of the cottage food production operation
  • The common or usual name of the product
  • Any major food allergens the item contains, such as eggs, nuts, soy, peanuts, milk or wheat
  • And the statement: “This food is made in a home kitchen and is not inspected by the Department of State Health Services or a local health department.”



  • Loaf breads, rolls, biscuits
  • Cakes, pastries and cookies
  • Candies and confections
  • Honey
  • Jams, jellies and preserves
  • Fruit pies and dried fruits
  • Dry herbs, seasonings and mixtures
  • Homemade pasta
  • Cereals, trail mixes and granola
  • Coated or uncoated nuts
  • Vinegar and flavored vinegars
  • Popcorn and popcorn balls

Choose suppliers

Set prices

Come up with a name

Choose pickup, delivery, and/or shipping

Photograph your food

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Set up an online shop for pre-orders

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Only buy what you need

Spread the word



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