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How to Write a Recipe

How to Write a Recipe

Your best friend just asked you for the recipe of that delicious pasta salad you made for last weekend’s barbecue. What do you do?


Sure, the easiest solution would be to spit out the ingredients you remember using and say "add a dash of this, a pinch of that, and then mix it all together." But what happens when your friend’s dash is considered a handful to you? And the yellow onion she bought results in a much different flavor than the red onion that you meant for them to include?


One of the beauties of cooking is sharing secrets, ideas and, of course, recipes with friends, family, and beyond, but it can all go south if you’re not passing along the correct information. Recipes are exact and meticulous for a reason; they’ve been tested and relied upon, so keep in mind that those numbers and measurements aren’t there for fun. The next time your friend asks for that pasta salad recipe, use these tips to write your own recipe before passing it along. The results are well worth it.


Ingredients


Be Thorough. Make sure you list all of the ingredients needed for the recipe. This includes everything from olive oil to salt and pepper. The more details you provide, the more accurate your recipe will be.


Be Organized. Ingredients should be listed in the order that they are going to be used in the recipe. This lets the user formulate a plan while reading over what they need, and helps them get familiar with the recipe.


Be exact. The size of ingredients, especially produce, can vary tremendously, so measure everything you possibly can. For example, instead of calling for one clove of garlic, call for a teaspoon or tablespoon measurement to be more precise.


Be Specific. All of the ingredients of a recipe should be prepped and ready to go when the user begins to cook, so if you need something chopped, say so in the ingredients, don’t wait until the instructions. It’ll only stall the user and muddy up their experience with the recipe.


Be literal. Consider two scenarios: the first would be taking a bunch of cilantro, measuring a cup of it and chopping it up; the second would be taking a bunch of cilantro, chopping it, and then measuring a cup. In other words, a cup of cilantro, chopped, is a lot less cilantro than a cup of chopped cilantro, so make sure you’re calling for certain amounts literally.


Instructions


Start at the very beginning. Consider all of the steps for the recipe and organize them in a timely manner — many chefs in professional kitchens do this day in and day out to make sure they’re getting their food out on time, but it’s extremely applicable for the home cook as well. Does the oven need to be preheated? Put it in the instructions first. Making pasta? Consider the time it takes to boil the water.


Include time and temperature. While all ranges and ovens vary and therefore result in different cooking times and temperatures, it’s important to give the user a ballpark idea of at what heat and for how long something should cook for.


And while we’re on that topic… give examples. Because there is variation in kitchens, be as descriptive as possible when explaining something. Golden-brown, translucent, and sweating are examples of visual cues that will help the user follow the recipe.


Give warnings. If something is particularly tricky or dangerous, it’s always nice to tell the user to heed with caution. My favorite example of this is frying garlic — garlic burns quickly so I always make sure to mention it when writing a recipe.


Try not to be repetitive. If you tell the user that they need one cup of low-fat chicken broth in the ingredients, no need to tell them to add one cup of low-fat chicken broth to the soup, just tell them to add the broth. On the other hand, if you’re using more than one broth, specify that it’s chicken, of course.


Consistency is key. This is your recipe, so please, write it in your own words and make the user feel comfortable (and get them to like you). That being said, make sure you are as consistent as possible when using terms or phrases. You’ll confuse your reader if you call it a baking sheet in the first paragraph and a sheet pan in the second. This should be applied to your ingredients as well; write out tablespoon or abbreviate it (Tbsp.), but don’t do both.


Check your work. As is always the case with writing, read over everything and make sure that the recipe makes sense and there are no grammatical errors. Along with the usual writing errors, another common mistake to watch out for is listing an ingredient and forgetting to put it in the instructions. I’ve seen this mistake in some… er… highly publicized cookbooks, so it’s easy to do.


Follow these tips, and you’re sure to become a pro at recipe writing — and you’ll avoid disappointing fellow cooks when sharing your recipes. Happy writing!

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.


In this post, I'm going to walk you through the exact steps needed to convert your handwritten recipes into SVGs. This is a service you can offer to make some extra money! I'm all about side hustles (check out my full list of side hustles for 2021 here).

Why convert handwritten recipes?

The main reason to convert recipes to PNGs is to engrave them onto cutting boards. We have a Glowforge (which I absolutely looovvvve), and people like to give engraved handwritten recipes on cutting boards as gifts.

There are probably other uses for handwritten recipes – you could take them, turn them into PNGs, and put them on dish towels, aprons, or anything at all related to cooking!

How to convert handwritten recipes in Procreate

If you have an iPad with Procreate, you can do this SO EASILY. I watched a few video tutorials but they used a pencil in Procreate. The key for me has been to use the technical pen, with the streamline turned all the way up.

  1. Start with the canvas size of your choice. I do 4″x6″ or 8″x12″ depending on the board I'll be engraving onto. Offering one standard size for your customers is fine, just make sure it's a size most will use so you can get the most sales. You can also offer custom sizing!
  2. Click the wrench tool, and click “add a photo”. Add your recipe photo to your canva. Then, add another layer so you can write over it (and remove the original recipe layer later).
  3. Choose the technical pen and adjust the brush size according to the recipe you are rewriting. Match it as best you can. You don't want it to be too thin, or it won't engrave well. Click on the technical pen again and adjust the streamline up to 100%. This is optional but I learned this tip from someone who sells a LOT of these, so I use it!
  4. Start writing over the recipe, one letter at a time. Instead of trying to copy the penmanship exactly, treat this more like an image. Small, short strokes to match the writing.

Once you get in a flow, it's easier to write more like their handwriting. There are so many nuances from person to person (like where the letter begins and ends, how much pressure is applied, etc) that I've found it's best to do just a few letters at a time for accuracy.

How to convert handwritten recipes in Inkscape

I know nothing about Inkscape AT ALL, but I found this video so if you're an Inkscape gal, try it out! Convert your handwritten recipes to SVGs in Inkscape:

How much to charge for converting recipes

Everyone will have their own process and price, but the going rate for converting recipes seems to be $8-$10 each for simple recipes, with more complicated ones getting a few bucks more. You can set your prices at any amount you choose, but I always like to know the “going rate” so I can be within range to compete with others who are offering similar services.

Each recipe takes me less than 15 minutes, on average. Some do take longer, but like I said, it's therapeutic for me. I don't do this as a service at the moment. To figure out how much to charge, start with an hourly rate. How much do you want to make each hour? How long does the average recipe take you? Work backwards with those numbers to figure out your “per recipe” price.

For example, if you want to make $50 an hour (not bad for sitting in bed playing on your iPad, huh?), and each recipe takes you 15 minutes, you'll need to charge $12.50 per recipe.

Some recipes will take longer. Factor those into your pricing. Never take on a job without seeing the recipe first so you can gauge how much time it may take you.

Don't worry about your pricing being “too high”. The worst thing you can do is price TOO LOW! So, if you start high and things aren't moving, you can adjust accordingly. Instead of lowering prices, I always recommend adding “extras”.

People love bonuses. How can you make your service unique – and better than what everyone else is offering? What about making some cute recipe card frames to use on the outside of the recipe? Use your imagination!

Your extras shouldn't take you much – if any – extra time, should be easy to duplicate for each customer, and mostly on autopilot (like the recipe frame example).

Where to list your services

If you don't already have an Etsy shop, I highly recommend setting one up. In fact, I have an entire course teaching you exactly how to set up an Etsy shop to create a product ONCE and sell it over and over again.

You can also set up a Shopify store ($39/mo), or your own website (costs vary), or sell on Facebook. Wherever you decide to sell, go all in. Make it work. Don't complain about “no sales” when you only have 5 listings up. Get creative and make it happen.

How to over deliver while converting recipes

You know my motto is “always over-deliver!!”, but how exactly do you over-deliver while converting a handwritten recipe? Here are a few ideas:

  • recipe card frames: draw a few recipe card frames with simple designs. It wouldn't be difficult to swap the frame out 3 times, and deliver all the files so your customer has options
  • coupon codes: if they have several recipes they want converted, offer a bulk discount or a coupon code. Factor these discounts into your pricing ahead of time so you aren't cutting your profits.
  • follow up: don't be spammy, but following up with customers is one more way to let them know you care! Create a copy and paste message you can send to everyone a week after you deliver their order, making sure they are satisfied.

Add-ons and Upsells

Creating add-ons and upsells is a great way to ensure you make MORE money from each customer. When you send their files, send a sheet with the other services you offer, as well as a coupon code.

Referral codes are also great! If they refer 5 customers, they get their next file free (or something similar – factor these into your prices).

What else can you add to this service that would make a good upsell? Write it out: brainstorm 5 ways to make more money with each sale.

Questions about rewriting recipes

If you have questions about offering this as a service, leave them in the comments below! I'm happy to help.