Out-of-the-Box Ways to Make Money
Some of your favorite things to do on your day off—yes, even watching TV or taking photos on a hike—could make your wallet a little bit fuller.
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Take Your Snickerdoodles Public
In many states, your home-baked treats can be turned into a sweet profit
—without your having to invest in a commercial kitchen. Cottage food laws allow you to bake and package goods right in your home, provided that you meet your state's requirements (see California's laws, for example
). You typically need to register your business with the state and label your products so people know they come from a home kitchen. Some areas, like California, require you to complete a training course and apply for a local permit. Search "cottage food laws" and your state to learn what the rules are in your area, and what foods are off-limits (cream-based desserts or other treats that can spoil easily, for instance).