If you want to go into business for yourself, but you don’t want entrepreneurship to be a 24/7/365 hustle, a seasonal business is a great way to get the best of both worlds. And today, it’s easier than ever to set up a temporary location with a pop-up shop or seasonal store front. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person or an office-dweller, there’s something for everyone. Just make sure you research any relevant permits you may need.
- A food truck is perfect for the foodie who wants to get out there with something tasty but doesn’t want the responsibility, expense and commitment of a restaurant.
- Holidays-only catering also works for those who love to cook but don’t want to be full-time chefs or food truckers. This is also easy to grow or shrink depending on what fits into your life.
- Holiday retail is a great niche, especially for makers. But you don’t have to make anything yourself to make a business out of holiday cheer. Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween are retail-heavy holidays where more choices are always better. Offerings made locally are always a hit for smaller retailers.
- Christmas tree farms are sustainable, scalable, low on expenses, and a great way to spend some time outdoors.
- Raising animals for fresh, local holiday fare appeals to today’s consumers, who are more aware of where their food comes from. Just don’t name the turkeys.
- Spring cleaning and chimney cleaning are as seasonal as it gets. Help busy customers get their homes ready for the holidays.
- Tour guides get to learn about and share the things they love in their local areas. Personality is a plus!
- Pool cleaning only requires a little equipment, and it’s easy to learn how to manage and use the required chemicals. If you want to, you can grow by adding more staff, upping your services to include repairs, or increasing your offerings to service natural pools.
- Gardening and yard work is perfect for those who like to get their hands dirty. Appeal to busy professionals who want a nice lawn but are too busy to put in the time.
- Snow removal complements warm weather pursuits but is dependent on how much of the white stuff falls any given year.
- Pet sitting or walking gets animal lovers outside and surrounded by furry friends.
- Personal training is an entrepreneurial must for high-energy, athletic people with great personal skills.
- Professional organizers are always in demand. If you’re especially type-A, try incorporating time management coaching as well.
- Tax preparation is something nobody likes to talk about and everybody needs. If you have or are qualified for a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), you’re in business.
- Tutoring is a great way to share knowledge, especially if you have a degree or expertise you don’t get to use in your everyday life. It’s also one of the most rewarding pursuits when you help young people learn.