summer business ideas

Summer has finally arrived. At least in the Northern Hemisphere. I sympathize with you south of the equator, but you have better year-round weather than we do up north, so I don’t feel so bad for you. Summer, however, has arrived for a large portion of the world’s population, which means a few things.

It means spending more time outside. We can put away our winter coats and enjoy nature. It signifies that the sun is rising earlier and later each day. It also means that the kids are out of school, and it’s a popular time for family vacations. But can you establish a business in the summer? Can you work evenings and weekends to supplement your income, or can you commit your entire time to a new endeavor? Of course, you can! Here are some business ideas for the summer.

1. Landscaping and lawn care

Every now and then, I notice a man in my neighborhood riding a bicycle with a cart connected to the back. He has a rake, tools, and a little lawnmower in it. He’s wearing a t-shirt that says “Mr. Lawn” or something similar. He’s a one-man lawn care crew.

So, if you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash this summer, why not go knock on some doors and ask if you can mow a few lawns? It doesn’t require much in terms of equipment, and if you stay close, you won’t even need a car. Just a bike and a cart.

Many consumers and companies would be willing to pay a set monthly fee to have their grass maintained, as it would be one less thing for them to do. In the winter, your lawn care company might also become a snow removal company.

2. Dog Walking and Pet Care

While you can do this year-round, there’s something unique about having a couple of dogs on a leash and being paid to walk them around the block. Many people can make a decent livelihood doing this part-time.

Assuming you can charge $50-$100 per week to go to people’s homes, take their dogs for a walk, play with them for a while, and then return them, you can do 3-4 at a time. You could definitely do three to four sets in a single day. That’s up to 16 people paying you $50-$100 per week, or $800-$1600 per week. That’s not too bad.

Yes, it rains occasionally, and dogs can be tough to control. However, if you are a natural dog lover and have time during the day when everyone else is at work, this could be a good way to make a livelihood.

3. Car Wash business

Some people adore their automobiles as much as they adore their children and dogs. The ordinary Joe cannot afford to have their car washed by you, but there is a small sector of the population who can. And these are the people you want to reach. A C-level executive at practically any medium or large-sized company normally drives a good car, such as a BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, or Infiniti.

If you can locate these individuals (or their assistants), you may sell the concept of coming to their work during the day, picking up the keys, bringing the car out for a nice wash and detail service, assuring the greatest quality care for their vehicle, and dropping the keys off later in the day.

4. Outdoor Food Sales

So the legality of this may be vary depending on where you live since different towns and nations have different rules regarding public street food sales, but could you prepare some wonderful cuisine not commonly found outside, wrap it up, and offer it to people during lunchtime? You very certainly could.

Profits will be tougher to come by in this location, as the usual large metropolis is brimming with cheap lunch options from large restaurant chains. But it’s a good place to start until you can find a more permanent location, such as a restaurant or a food truck.

5. School tutor

Even when school is out, parents remain concerned about their children’s education. They don’t like it when their pre-teen or teen spends all day in bed, playing video games, and messaging on their phones. So, why not organize a weekday afternoon class on a fun topic like filmmaking, video game programming, art, or another creative endeavor?

Or are there sports or athletic programs, such as soccer, dancing, ballet, or baseball, that parents can enroll their children in to help them enjoy the outdoors? Anything that keeps a child occupied and gets them outside will entice parents to unlock their wallets and sign their child up.

Susan Ranford

My name is Susan Ranford. I am an expert on job market trends, hiring, and business management. I often write about issues related to employment and business.