Money for Jam – How to Start your Own Food Business


“Money for Jam : The essential guide to starting you own small food business”, was published this month by Oaktree Press. Author, Oonagh Monahan, tells us about it.

moneyforjamfrontcoverWhat is it?

It contains everything that someone who is new to the food business will need to get started, and keep going.

It will help bakers, jam and honey makers, ice-cream, yogurt and cheese makers, egg producers, sausage roll, pie and pastie bakers, confectionery, dessert and sweet makers.


It covers the what, where, who and how for small food producers – legislation and registration, labelling and packaging, suppliers and distributors.

Who’s it for?

  • Have you ever thought about trying to earn some money from producing food?
  • Are you the person everyone goes to for their lemon meringue pies, apple tarts and other desserts for family occasions or other events?
  • Do you make jam every year and give it away when you could be selling it?

If so, then you are not alone. There are many small food producers around the country, working from their kitchens at home and supplying local shops.

What is stopping you?

Most people are afraid that the food safety legislation is something they would not be able to understand, and certainly, if you read the legislation without an interpreter, it can feel that way! But don’t be intimidated because there is plenty of help available as long as you know where to look.


Why is it different from other start your own business books?

The complaint I hear all the time is that people don’t even know where to start, or who to ask for information, in relation to starting a food business. They are afraid to put their heads above the parapet by asking the Development Agencies / HSE / FSAI or others – there is a perception that this would bring them unwanted attention/inspection.

The book is structured and written in an easy to read, easy to access format, not a textbook, more of a handbook or manual. It will be something that the average aspiring food producer will not be intimidated by – it’s designed to be a help not to scare!

Most books about starting a business are generic. There is no single title that I have found yet for small food producers / small food businesses that has all the information needed in one volume. Information currently available for food businesses is available, but in bits and pieces from a number of different sources depending on the information required;

Tell us in 5 words why buy Money for Jam?

Start Your Own Food Business!

About the Author

Oonagh Monahan has been working with food producers for over 14 years, helping them to start up and grow their businesses. Most of her clients have started up working from their kitchens at home. Based in Co.Leitrim, she works with small food producers all over the country.

“Money for Jam: The Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Food Business” by Oonagh Monahan is published by Oak Tree Press ( Available from bookshops and on-line.

Paperback: €14.95 / £12.95stg. Kindle & ePub: €7.99 / £6.99stg.

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