Looking for an extra gig that keeps you in touch with food and feasting trends? Here are some of the best side hustles for foodies.
For you, food isn’t just about nutrition or keeping your belly full. It’s a way of life. Do you want to stay on top of new dishes, exotic cuisines, and fancy new food trends—and also make a few bucks while you’re at it? Luckily, there are plenty of gigs out there that allow the curious foodie to explore and experiment with new dishes while expanding their bank account. To that end, here’s a list of the best side hustles for foodies like you!
Like to drive and discover new places to eat? The explosion of apps in the last several years has produced a plenitude of food ordering and delivery platforms. Sign on with one during your off-hours, and you’ll encounter multiple new restaurants you may not have heard about otherwise. Naturally, you can’t sample your deliveries, but the scents of all those delicious dishes should inspire some future visits to the restaurants you visit. Be sure to keep your car in good condition and ready for any emergencies, and you’ll be in great shape!
If you’re already reviewing restaurants on Yelp and other crowd-sourced sites and receiving attention from folks outside your family and circle of friends, consider starting your own food review and blogging site. Persistence pays off if you produce enough entertaining articles and build an extensive readership that can support your work with Patreon or other subscription services. You can also sell advertising space or even exchange it for credit at various eateries, making this one of the best side hustles for foodies.
Numerous organizations provide food education programs for schools and other associations geared toward educating children in classrooms and cafeterias about making smart food choices, food preparation, gardening, and more. Some positions are strictly volunteer ones, but paid food educator jobs exist as well. With the right credentials and a teaching certificate, you could even parlay this job into a teaching career.
More than likely, you don’t own a farm or have access to a few hundred acres of farmland, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have opportunities to farm on a smaller scale and sell your crops. Look into community gardens that will let you have a piece of land for a membership fee or donation, and consider growing organic crops you can sell to friends, family, neighbors, or farmers markets. Along the way, customers might become friends, which is probably the biggest and best reward of all!