How to Start a Tiffin Service Business

If you love cooking and more importantly, you love to serve people with your made food, you can earn good by starting your own business of Tiffin Service.

The idea of starting a tiffin service business is very simple. People who live away from home for their job or study in your city, miss their home and home made food too. You can serve them fresh, tasty and healthy home-made food to them.

It requires a very low investment and can bring you a good name, fame and money provided you serve them healthy, tasty and simple home-made food.

How to Start Tiffin Service?

If you want to setup a tiffin service set up at your home, you should have adequate space for cooking and packing bulk orders. A household kitchen of Indian homes is good enough to cook food for 40 to 50 people. But, as soon as the number of your customer increases over 50 people, you might have to rent out a space in the same locality.

You would also require a food and safety license from FSSAI – Food And Safety Standards Authority of India. However, this is mandatory only for those business set ups, which have an annual turnover of INR 12 lakh or more.

As far as marketing of your business is concerned, tiffin service mainly works on word of mouth. Positive feedback from your customers is the only key in this regard. However, you can also advertise for your tiffin service through social. This can be very effective. You can also post ads on Google, as that’s the first place people look up for services they want to use.


You need to make an initial investment of 20,000- 30,000 on tiffins, utensils, burner and other essentials needed for cooking.

Besides, ingredients required for food preparation would cost you, but not too much. Running a tiffin service involves several recurring costs as well. Foremost, groceries cost per person, each day for two meals will be around INR 100.

If you handle most of the cooking work yourself, then you will need two assistants for cooking and cleaning, which will cost you anywhere between INR 6,000-8,000 per month.

Make sure that all orders that you take are within 4-5 km from your house so that food delivery, if you choose to give it, does not take more than half an hour.

If you rent out a medium size shop, it will be another INR 15,000-20,000 per month.

When you start your business we’d suggest posting google ads to get traction. This can cost you INR 10,000-12,000 per month. However, as you start getting reviews, you don’t have to spend on this anymore.

Your Earning

Once you have a sizeable customer base, you can earn good profit from your business. On an average, after cutting your cost of production and other costs, you can earn anywhere between INR 70,000 to INR 80,000 per month.


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