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7 Small Business Ideas for the Summer

by Editor (editor) , November 25, 2019

For new entrepreneurs or people who look to make a little more extra income, summer opens a new pool of business possibilities. For quite some time now, the warm season has stopped being just a period of long holidays and has slowly turned into a time for new businesses to emerge. During the summer, people have a whole new set of needs that await to be taken care of and could earn you quite a few extra bucks and set the stones for a developing business opportunity. The possibilities are quite plenty and below you will find just a few of them, to help you get into entrepreneurship this year.

    Garden Maintenance

As summer begins, people start to worry more about the way their yard looks and are willing to pay quite a good amount of money for someone to turn their front yard into a plant paradise. You could start as simple as just lawn mowing, or you can go over the top and open a whole landscaping business, to serve both individuals and businesses alike.

Most people don’t have the time to care for their garden, but they do have the money to pay others to do so, and if you have an eye for aesthetics, you are one step closer to succeeding. All you need to do is invest in some gardening equipment and do a bit of advertising. Start with a few clients, make sure to offer quality services and the word about your business will spread in no time.

1. Ice Cream Stand

There is nothing that people love more during the summer that something sweet to cool them down. Although it may seem like an old-school idea, it is one that will never die. Kids love ice cream, teens love ice cream, adults love ice cream so why not give people something they love and make some money out of it as well? If you want to take it to the next level, sell some lemonade as well and you have a business on the run.

All you need is a business license and a street vendor license, plus supplies to make ice cream and lemonade and a killer recipe and you are good to go. You can either get a stand somewhere, or a truck and bet yourself on the move for the entire summer. Another business advice? Get a liquor license as well and make some alcoholic lemonade specialities, to cheer adults up even more.

2. Pool Maintenance

The warm season is the season most people enjoy spending as much time as they can in the pool. Turn this into a business opportunity, get yourself some cleaning equipment and start going door to door to offer your services. After a while, people will start hearing about your business and appointments will start pouring.

Best advertisement? Brand your car with the business logo and contact info and start driving around. If you live in an area with many pools, success is guaranteed. If you want to excel in this business, accept both residential and business clients. Business clients, although they require more work, do offer more advertising and income opportunities.

3. Tutoring and Teaching

Children are on vacation, but that does not mean that students don’t need help preparing for the new school year. Summer homework that needs to be done, subjects where kids need a bit more help to catch up, as well as admissions they need to prepare for.

Share your knowledge with students who need tutoring. You can tutor children at home, or you can provide online tutoring classes. Choose the option that better suits your lifestyle.

If you don’t have experience in any school subject, but have an affinity for art, you could start hosting painting classes, or teaching a musical instrument. Basically, if you have any knowledge that you can pass on to somebody who wants to learn, you can start a business from it. You need a room and some advertising and you can start your career as a tutor.

5. Yard Sale Planner

Everybody loves finding good deals and what better place than a yard sale? All you need is a space where people can come and sell their goods in exchange for a fee. If you have the time, you can go ahead and search for stuff to sell on your own. There are plenty of people who want to get rid of things they don’t need.

When organizing a yard sale, make sure to advertise it ahead of time, to ensure people are coming. If done well, it can get you quite some profit and can turn into a business that you can manage year-round. Just change the location to indoors and turn it into a garage sale. People will always need a place to shop and they know at yard sales they can find quite unique products.

6. Food Truck

Another business that can be run year-round, but seems to be a bit more successful during the summer. If you know how to cook, invest in a van and cooking appliances and start your business on the wheels. You can either pick a spot and stay there, or go around the country following festivals and other events.

You can cook burgers, waffles, and all-American street food or turn to something more sophisticated and offer people something a bit more different – cuisine from around the world. Mediterranean food, Asian cuisine or Indian vans seem to be people’s favorite lately.

7. House Renting

If you live in an area populated by tourists during the summer, you can turn your house into a business by renting it room by room or as a whole. Platforms such as Airbnb are thriving with people who are looking for a place to spend their vacation and the popularity seems to only be getting higher.

All you need to do is make your house guest-ready, clean up and always provide fresh towels in the bathroom. You can start at a lower price and, in time, as you get better at your services, so will the income. Another business tip? Offer your services as a tour guide as well, to show people the most exciting places in your town.

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