How to Start a Tiffin Service Business?

how to start a tiffin service business
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If you are passionate about cooking and love making food for others, you can use this culinary skill of yours to start your own home business as a caterer or as a tiffin or dabba service business with minimal investment. This is, in fact, an excellent way to use your cooking skills to earn money from home with little or no investments.

What is a Tiffin Service?

Well, the tiffin service business model is quite simple. You serve fresh and healthy home-made food to people who stay away from their homes and do not have time to cook their own food. Typically, your customers will be students staying as paying guests, young working professionals staying alone.  Infact, you can also be a tiffin service provider at offices and Corporates. So, the key to running a successful tiffin service is healthy food and the best part is that you cook simple home-made food and nothing fancy.

How to start?

If you want to set up a tifin service facility at your home, first of all, remember that your kitchen becomes your working space. So, make sure you have adequate space for cooking and packing bulk orders. Maybe you can also use a bigger room with a complete kitchen set up as your business grows and your customer base increases.

It is very essential that you get a food and safety license from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Though usually, this is mandatory for food business with an annual turnover of INR 12 lakh or more, yet it is recommended that even when your business is on a small scale, you can still opt for a certification. This enhances the trust factor among your customers on the quality of your food.

An important requirement for the success of your business is that you need to promote it effectively. Some tips of marketing are:

  • Spread the word about your business among your known circles, friends, relatives, neighbors and ask them to recommend your service among their known circles.
  • Create a Whatsapp group of your customers and keep on adding new customers in that group. Display your menu on this group on a regular basis.
  • Create a FB page about your business –  one of the best ways of spreading word for small businesses with local presence. You can also use your own profile to promote your business.
  • Create a business profile on Google for free
  • Distribute pamphlets about your business in the local nearby areas.

Investment Required

Before putting together the cost, decide on the menu of your tiffin service. A basic meal typically consists of one dal, subzi, rice, chapattis and maybe even salad. You can add non-veg items and a dessert for special meals. Costs borne by you will include the initial one-time investment and several recurring expenses. Your one-time investment includes the costs for utensils, burner, and other essential items needed for cooking.

Your recurring expenses include groceries, monthly salary to the delivery boy and your assistants in the kitchen, plates, spoons and other boxes for food packaging, packaging materials and so on.

So, initially you have to find out how much you have spent and accordingly decide on the price of your tiffin, so that you get some profits.

But, once you get a good customer base, you can generate good revenue on your business.


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