Empowering the world to eat better is Healthy Hands Cooking’s master plan. Spurred by the rise in childhood obesity and the fact that so many households today don’t know how to cook, Jan Pinnington founded Healthy Hands Cooking in 2012 to change that. Now, Healthy Hands Cooking is in the business of bringing nutrition and cooking lessons to homes everywhere – teaching people to eat real food, make good choices, and develop the skills to create delicious recipes at home. Healthy Hands Cooking does this by harnessing the power of home cooks – they offer a certification course that teaches home cooks to run cooking classes safely and informatively, helping these individuals earn an income while teaching kids and adults to make healthier choices and enjoy their fruits and vegetables.
So where does the direct sales opportunity come in?
Compensation: This is truly a unique direct sales opportunity in that your revenue comes solely from being a class instructor. Attendees register online for your cooking classes for which you charge a fee. You keep 100% of those registration fees minus a small transaction fee charged by Healthy Hands Cooking for handling the payment processing. A great potential income calculator is available for download here.
Startup Costs: Healthy Hands Cooking offers a Certified Instructor Program and a couple membership plans to their home cooks. Basic certification is $497 and comprises all the lessons you need to start your own home cooking class business. They help you navigate licensing and permits, food safety, marketing, and all the other lessons you need to be successful. Beyond certification, their home cooks can sign up for a Full Membership or a Limited Membership for $70 per month or $39 per month respectively. (Paying annually drops those costs and equates to 2 months free each year.) With full membership, cooks have access to online registration, a payment portal, class management tools, and all the resources of the community from recipes and additional training to videos and classes. The limited membership comes without the online business tools.
Here is a breakdown of anticipated start-up costs provided by the company:
- HHC Certification & License: $497- one-time fee + $99/annual renewal fee to remain licensed
- HHCIC Membership – Choose monthly or annual options – $99/renewal is waived if you join our HHCIC Membership
- Background Check: $19.95 US.
- Food Handling Safety Course: $15 U.S.
- Instructor's Kit – (recommended): $195
- Business license, business cards, flyers, etc.
- General Liability Insurance – approx. $135/year
*(Canadian Food Safety Course is approx. $96.00 plus tax with webcam proctored exam).
Personal Website: Replicated websites are provided to Instructors. This is where you can list your upcoming Classes.
This is truly an opportunity to build your own business as you can decide what type of classes you want to offer. Instructor manuals are available for classes targeting those as young as two to seniors. Maybe you want to partner with your local yoga studio to offer a raw foods class once per month. Do it. Maybe you want to partner with your local Girl Scouts Troop to offer a cooking class for badges. No problem. Perhaps you want to teach a class at your church to help educate kids heading off to college about eating right and simple meals. Sounds great!
You have so many options with Healthy Hands Cooking. Head over to their site to learn more.