What: cook meals for pick-up

Expected pay: $20 + per hour

Husl$core: $$$$$

Where: Los Angeles (CA) area

Requirements:

  • A California Food Handler’s license;
  • a clean kitchen;
  • a face-to-face interview and kitchen inspection;
  • sample taste test;
  • training

Review: Like Josephine (which, sadly, is dissolving), DishDivvy gives you the ability to market your home-cooked meals to friends and neighbors. Your customers pick up the meals and pay you through the site, which reimburses you through PayPal. You set the price of your meal, figuring the cost of ingredients and what you want to earn for your time. The site takes 15% of the meal’s cost and charges customers a 99 cent fee for meal containers (which they provide to you before your scheduled meal).

A handful of factors set DishDivvy apart to win our top Husl$core. First, while the site is young and only available in a few cities, that small scale has allowed the owners to be hands-on with their cooks, helping them to price their meals, take professional photographs, shop effectively and market the service. In an effort to gain regular customers, DishDivvy has been giving out half-off coupons liberally, but it does not expect cooks to pay the price. Instead, the parent company eats the cost of providing the discount. Cooks get the payment they contracted for. Nice (and highly unusual). 

Additionally, by providing the containers to cooks, the site standardizes what it expects for meal size and presentation, which is helpful for both cooks and customers. And, because the site charges a full cancellation fee for anyone who cancels an order with less than 48 hours notice, you know before you cook — perhaps before you shop — exactly how many you’re feeding.

The service is young and has yet to generate a lot of feedback from cooks, so we called a few and interviewed CEO Ani Torosyan, who cooks for the site and provides support to the site’s cooks. Cooks were positive about the experience and their ability to generate regular bookings through the site. Torosyan notes that DishDivvy has a 47% repeat purchase rate, which is excellent.

Other sites to consider: EatWith, if you don’t mind serving strangers meals in your home; Feastly, if you have experience and want to create a pop-up restaurant; and Hello Cheffy for professional chefs looking to provide personal chef services in patron’s homes.

What their users say:

“They’re very supportive and provide a lot of information about how you can prepare meals in a more time and cost-effective way.”

“I don’t know if  you can make a lot of money right now, but you can certainly make enough to be satisfied with the outcome.”

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