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Meal Plan or Monopoly Money?

Meal Plan or Monopoly Money?


We’ve all been there: you glance at your account balance as it flashes across the screen of the cash register and you realize that you are approaching your last hundred dollars. How did this happen? You swear you couldn’t have eaten hundreds of dollars worth of food in such a short time…or could you?

Photo by Jay Soto

Your meal card may seem like limitless Monopoly money that you can use on however many orders of quesadillas and garlic fries “Nowl” can provide on the way back from State St, but most of us start out with the “typical” meal plan of $896 for the semester. With about 100 days in the semester, that’s less than $9/day. This is not an impossible budget to stick to, but often the idea of a “daily limit” doesn’t even cross our minds (we’re hungry, half-asleep, drunk, trying to sneak out without paying, etc).

Here’s what you aren’t told when signing up for your meal plan:

Separate, stack and save.

Food from stations that are weighed (fresh fruit, salad bar, international, sandwich, etc) all have different prices per pound. If you mix these items together, the weight of your dish can be charged at the more expensive item’s price or for the price of both items you mixed!

Photo by Jay Soto

Solution: Use a separate dish for each item of a different station (ie. bowl of blueberries, bowl of pineapple). It may be hard to balance if you want raspberries, rice, and salad, but your meal plan will thank you.

You will be charged for being drunk.

We mean at Night Owl, of course. While this is an appealing alternative to a legal charge, it can still take a toll. Most items available at the Grill during the day are only a few dollars, but once the sun goes down those prices can double, and even triple. Your omelet that was $1.70 this morning is now a whopping $7, and that CIW milkshake is no small fee at $6 each. Just a few of these drunken (or admit it, sometimes sober) purchases can lead you to a ramen-dependent end of the semester.

Photo by Jay Soto

Solution: Avoid Night Owl! Keep some healthier snacks like oatmeal and natural popcorn in your room for late night snacking or studying. If you need your ice cream fix check out these new Ben and Jerry’s pints to keep in your freezer.

What should you do if you’re experiencing a mid-semester meal plan crisis? Frequent the entree station, it will have multiple options under $1 and should help get you back on budget. In the meantime, stock up on peanut butter, it’s free!

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How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service

The one thing that is constant in this crazy, busy world we live in, is people need to eat. It seems the busier families get, the more they rely on eating out as their means to get a meal. While sometimes it might be quicker, it can be detrimental to even the loosest planned budgets, and sometimes our health.

Since our society doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon, maybe it is time to create a solution to help ease the burden of figuring out what to eat! Planning out menus in advance is a great way to answer the age old question of “What’s for Dinner”, but oftentimes busy families just can’t find the time or creativity to create their own menus. Creating those menus and starting a menu planning service just might be a great way to earn some extra cash, while saving other families time and money.

What do you need?

You don’t need anything fancy or top notch to get started. Your basic home computer and internet service will help you to get your online menu planning service started. Above that, you will need a website to direct your future customers to, so you will need to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting fees. This can run you anywhere from $100 and up, annually.

Wordpress is a popular blog platform that can be customized rather easily, either by a professional or sometimes yourself (if you’re versed in HTML). The good thing about Wordpress is that it allows the use of plugins, one of which is the WishList plugin that allows you to add the membership option to your site, which would allow you to charge users for your menu plans.

You can also try a Blogger hosted blog (like this one), as it does come with the benefits of being integrated with G+ and YouTube.

If you wish to use another platform, SubHub is a good option. It offers either monthly or yearly billing and it also covers the hosting, bandwith and maintenance, with no limit on subscribers or storage. There are also free templates to choose from and everything is mobile responsive.

Establish your Brand

Just like any other brand or company that is out there, you want to establish your name (or brand) so that you are recognizable. Come up with a catchy name that describes your meal planning service or what your service to fulfill. Try to keep it short and sweet. You will want to use this business name in your domain name and also on any business cards or printed material you print. Also, since a large amount of the population uses social media to share content, it would also be a wise decision to secure your business name across all social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (See more info on mastering your social media voice in our expert articles.)

Gather and Organize Recipes

Most meal planning services choose to offer just dinner menus, however, you might decide that you want to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. This choice is completely yours. Whatever you decide, you will need to create a directory of various different menu options, as well as the shopping list of ingredients that correspond to each menu.

You also might decide to offer different menu options, such as Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan or even Budget-Friendly Meals.

You will also want to research other meal planning products to see what they are offering, then be sure to develop some plans that fill in a gap. Is everyone doing slow cooker meals that require fresh ingredients? How about trying some that use pantry items or dried foods? Find some areas that haven't been done yet and be sure to add these unique ideas into your plans.

Start Small

Once you have your website built and all of your menus and shopping lists created, it is time to get started. It is not recommended that you jump in with both feet all at once. Test out your new menu planning service to a test market, whether it be your friends and relatives or members of your mom group. Allow your test market to either have a free or deeply discounted membership in exchange for their honest feedback on your service, as well as social media attention. This will give you a chance to work out any kinks that you might incur, as well as receive valuable suggestions from the demographic that you are wanting to serve. They just might be able to offer up priceless advice! This will also start building your presence on social media and help to build excitement about your brand and menu planning service.

Market your Product

Now that you have the kinks worked out, it is time to let the world see the best ever menu planning service! Build enthusiasm about your product and offer promotions up to or just after you do your official launch. Share testimonials from your test group so that future customers know that other users have found value in your services.

Contact your newspaper or local TV reporter and let them know about your new service, they just might be willing to do an interview or piece on your new business which would give you great exposure. (Get more tips on free media placement, in our tutorial on using HARO.)

Hand out flyers to daycares, local businesses, mom groups or any other place where you think they might find your menu planning service beneficial. Don’t be pushy!

Have you started a meal planning service? Be sure to share about your experience in the comments below.

How to Make Money Selling a Meal Planning Service Reviewed by Linsey Knerl on 9:03 AM Rating: 5