47 Seasonal Business Ideas for the Summer

Some entrepreneurs find themselves out of work for the summer. Other people, like teachers, look to supplement their income during these months. At the same time, certain businesses can only be operated during the summer. These entrepreneurs and these businesses make a great fit for each other.

Starting a summer business is a great way to make extra money with a business that allows you to work extensively for the season and be able to walk away from it when the fall comes around. Ideal summer businesses don’t require much maintenance outside of the season. Putting canoes and kayaks away for the colder months won’t cost you much time or money, so you can count on this as a solid summer business.

These businesses are all optimized for summer operation, so you’re sure to find a great business idea on this list to keep money coming in this summer.

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Amusement, or theme, parks feature rides, games, and entertainment options in an outdoor or indoor venue. Customers typically pay a single entry fee for access to the entire park. The successful amusement park model focuses on the customer's entire experience, offering a wide range of services and entertainment options including parking, trams, restaurant options, water parks, roller coasters, live animal attractions, stage shows, arcade games, attractive interactive landscaping, and family friendly fun. The larger the property you own, the more entertainment choices you are able to offer your customers.

You must be a highly motivated individual ready to sink a large initial investment into the concept, design, and implementation of your amusement park. You may need extensive knowledge in the operation of rides, restaurant and guest services, landscaping design, business practices, and have significant leadership skills.

Why we like this business:

Amusement parks certainly aren’t cheap to open, but an amusement park doesn’t have to be as elaborate as Cedar Point or Six Flags. Smaller amusement parks are much cheaper to open, and since they’re seasonal in nature, you’ll be able to pick this business up each summer and then do very little to maintain it during the off-season until the next year.

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2. Bike Rental Business

Bike rental businesses give customers—who are often, but not necessarily, tourists—bicycles for a short period. Bikes are generally rented for a few hours to recreationally explore the locality. But the customer base might also consist of college students on campus or others who rent for practical reasons. Your business might be a freestanding shop, part of a bike sales and service operation or associated with a hotel or other hospitality business.

Bike rental business owners should be mechanically adept, since customers can be hard on bikes. Also, since bikes are often rented to explore the immediate area, you should be highly familiar with your home base and able to suggest tourist attractions. You should have an engaging personality and be motivated to deliver exceptional customer service.

You must also be based in an environment where your customers will want to rent bikes. This usually means a tourist venue and an inviting landscape for bikers—not too hilly or congested. The terrain should be bike-friendly, with wide streets or bike lanes, or bike paths, for the safety and enjoyment of your customers.

3. Campground

If you love the outdoors and some hard work, you could start a campground business. Whether you have land or are purchasing land, you could start enjoying the great outdoors and working for yourself as soon as you get everything set up. You'll provide a place for people who are passing through on their way to another destination and for those who want to enjoy some time connecting with nature. Campers use all sorts of shelters from tents to fully contained RVs.

Before you start a campground business, you'll need the knowledge and willingness it takes to do many things, including accounting, repairs, road maintenance, plumbing, electrical maintenance, and management. You may be able to farm some of these things out, but it is much more cost-effective to do these things yourself.

A campground business is perfect for someone who loves the outdoors and dealing with people. The right person for this business also has experience in management, including accounting, budgeting, hiring staff, and keeping inventory.

4. Canoe and Kayak Rental Business

Many people enjoy being on the water, but either don't own a boat or want to go boating where they can't bring theirs. A canoe and kayak rental business lets people rent canoes and kayaks to take out on nearby waterways. Customers can take canoes out for as little as an hour or as long as a day or more.

Anyone who enjoys canoeing and kayaking may be well-suited to open a canoe and kayak rental business. Business owners also must be strong enough to move canoes and kayaks on shore.

5. Challenge Course

A challenge course business provides clients with the opportunity to face their fears and work together to complete a series of outdoor activities. A challenge course, also known as an adventure course, is a business which offers groups and individuals different obstacles like climbing towers, high rope courses, low rope courses, and zip lines to overcome. Most challenge course businesses focus on team building by helping members of an organization build confidence and trust through working together to solve problems.

Lovers of the outdoors who have experience in military or police training, summer camps, or scouting are uniquely qualified to own and operate a challenge course business. Depending on the type of clients which a business focuses on, a background in psychology, corporate training, or education is helpful. This kind of business needs an owner who is hands on. Owners should be passionate and excited about meeting new people.

6. Dog Walking Business

The ASPCA estimates there are over 78 million dogs owned in the United States. A vast majority of those canines are left alone each day as their parents go to work. Presented with the option, many pet owners would happily give up a portion of their budget to ensure their dog isn’t cooped up inside all day. Enter the dog walker.

Whether your goal is to supplement your income or set a new career path entirely, dog walking is a rewarding and dynamic profession. If you enjoy the company of dogs and are ready to be your own boss, owning a dog walking business could be the change you’re looking for.

7. Driving Range

A driving range offers golfers of all skill levels a place to practice their swing by allowing them to practice many repetitions of their swing without having to travel the length of a golf course. Driving ranges can be located indoors or outdoors, and most ranges also offer the retail sale of golf equipment and a snack bar or restaurant. A driving range can be located almost anywhere. Your range will appeal to people of all ages from kids who are interested in learning golf and businessmen looking to sharpen their game on their lunch breaks to old folks who still have a love for the game. Many golfers choose to practice at a driving range as the range gives them the opportunity to practice their swing many times without having to cover the golf course. Adding cutting-edge technology, such as golf simulators, can make your range unique and highly desirable to those most passionate about golf.

Ideal driving range owners are those interested in golf and experienced in customer service. Great customer service is a vital part of your business, as you will be having personal encounters with your customers, and satisfied customers have the potential to become regulars. It is also important for owners to feel comfortable managing property maintenance, maintaining food-service standards, and running basic business operations.

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Ecotourism is small scale, low impact tourism that offers travelers an opportunity to learn about the local flora, fauna, and culture. Unlike your standard tour guide service, the focus of ecotourism is to educate guests on how they can positively impact the environment and community they’re visiting. Tourists are able to immerse themselves in the culture and habitat, gaining an understanding of the positive impact each can have on the other. Ecological sustainability and responsibility is the heart of this educating and rewarding experience.

As many consumers ponder the environmental impact humans have had on our environment, there are many who have taken it upon themselves to get out and do something about it. They’ve made it their life’s mission to make positive strides, educating others along the way. Entrepreneurs who have made this their lives’ work and who truly enjoy igniting this passion in others would be best suited for this business venture.

Why we like this business:

Ecotourism is a great way to educate people on a new place while simultaneously bringing environmental impact to the forefront of tourists’ minds. This positive business is a great way to make money and educate tourists. People likely won’t want to tour new areas in inclimate weather, so summer is likely your best time to operate this business.

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9. Farmers Market

As the creator and manager of a farmers market, you’ll create an environment where you bring the growers and producers of local farm-related food and non-food products to the food- and health-conscious public. You will need to find sellers, rent stalls and deliver a customer base in a convenient location for buyer traffic.   

You should understand the appeal of locally grown food, have the mindset to be able to deal with local bureaucracy, and possess the marketing knowledge required to bring buyers and sellers together.

10. Fence Company

A fence installation company contracts with clients to perform a number of services. Contracts are negotiated based on the measurements of the area to be fenced, the materials used, the degree of difficulty, and the amount of time and labor required.

This business is ideal for people who enjoy working outdoors and helping people increase the security, beauty and functionality of their property.

11. Fishing Charter Business

Many people enjoy fishing, but few people have the boats, tackle and knowledge to go fishing far from shore. Fishing charter businesses take people on fishing trips that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience. These trips may range from going into swamps to venturing far offshore. Customers are usually allowed to keep any fish that they catch (assuming the fish are legal to keep).

Anyone who is passionate about fishing and enjoys sharing that passion with other people may be well-suited for running a fishing charter business. Customers expect fishing charter captains to be knowledge about and have a love for fishing, and sharing that knowledge and love helps ensure customers have a great time.

12. Food Truck Business

A food truck business is a restaurant on wheels. The owner prepares meals or snacks and serves customers from a truck, van or trailer. The business owner should have culinary talents and the ability to quickly and efficiently serve tasty meals from a contained space, attract hungry customers and to deal with the business obligations of obtaining all necessary licenses and permits.

You should love food service and customer relations. It’s also a business that requires careful attention to details. It’s advantageous if you have work experience in food preparation in a commercial kitchen and know how to safely store ingredients and prepare tantalizing menu items. You’ll have to research business licenses and permits in the city and state in which you’ll do business and create a brand image that encourages first-time diners to try your offerings. The successful business owner in this category must know how to pick out where to park, the type of food that’s appropriate to that location and clientele and the prices you must charge to be competitive.

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Glamorous camping, or glamping, can be traced back to ancient Turkish ottomans that served as mobile palaces. In more recent history, it has taken England by storm and is quickly becoming popular within the United States. Although there aren’t any official statistics for glamping in the U.S., industry insiders have seen a big increase in demand recently.

For entrepreneurs act, this demand represents an exciting opportunity. Glamping.com lists only 183 glamping sites within the U.S., which leaves plenty of space for new glamping businesses.

People who enjoy connecting with others and being outdoors may enjoy running a glamping business. Interpersonal skills are necessary because much of the business involves making guests feel welcome. A passion for the outdoors is helpful, for glamping is largely about connecting with nature.

A glamping business may be started as a part-time endeavor alongside another business, especially if the other business has unused land. Farmers and current campground owners, for example, might have land that can be converted into a glamping space.

Why we like this business:

Camping is a popular summer activity. People love to get out the tents and canteens—or maybe not, which is why we have glamping. A lot of people use the summer as a time to get in touch with nature by camping, and they often drag their family members along. Glamping takes those family members who hate sleeping on a thin sleeping bag over grass and helps make them comfortable with luxurious tents.

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When overgrown brush or other large patches of ground must be shorn of grass and weeds, the goat rental business provides an environmentally responsible way of cutting and even naturally fertilizing the land. Also known as goatscaping, the goat use enables landowners to landscape without chemical fertilizers, gasoline, or the risk to human mowers of steep or uneven ground or poisonous weeds and thistles.

Since a herd of at least four goats requires a certain amount of space, this business might be ideal for a farmer or landowner with at least an acre or more of real estate within zoning that allows livestock. You should also have a basic understanding of how to care for a herd of goats, and enough knowledge of vegetation to know weeds or plants that might be harmful to your herd and those plantings that your goats will ignore.

On top of that, you should be skillful at convincing sometimes dubious prospects that your business had advantageous over conventional landscaping and mowing techniques.

Why we like this business:

Goat rental, also known as goat mowing, is just one of those businesses that you never knew about. As crazy as it might seem, this is actually a great way of clearing large plots of land without the use of lawn mowers, fire, or other harmful methods. Summer is a great time to get out the goats and have them eat away at the fields of farmers. You can’t just completely forget about this business once summer is over though. Although you’ll probably save a decent amount on food in the summer, you still need to feed and shelter your goats for the rest of the year.

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15. Golf Course

According to Golf Digest, more than 20 million people in the United States golf. Golf courses provide these people with a place to play the sport. Most courses are 9 or 18 holes, and they may have other amenities, such as clubhouses and pro shops.

Anyone who is well-versed in a variety of aspects of business and enjoys golfing themselves may be qualified to run a golf course.

It’s important to have a broad business background, because golf courses are multi-faceted businesses. Running one might encompass:

  • maintaining holes, including making decisions about irrigation and mowing
  • hiring and managing employees
  • running a clubhouse, which may have a restaurant
  • creating programs for golfers and running tournaments
  • deciding what capital improvements to invest in

Having previous golf experience helps owners make decisions that will most improve the experiences of their course’s customers.

16. Golf Instruction Business

Well over 20 million people golf, and many people who enjoy the sport would like to improve their game. A golf instruction business offers golfers individual and group lessons. Business owners may offer lessons at public or private courses, driving ranges or students’ homes.

Anyone who enjoys golf and likes interacting with people may be well-suited for owning a golf instruction business. In order to teach the game, it’s necessary to be highly accomplished at it. It’s also helpful to be a people person, as business owners are frequently interacting directly with students.

17. House Painting Business

A house painting business owner has the opportunity to utilize a great many skills and perform a wide variety of duties. Responsibilities include estimating the cost of jobs, scheduling, creating contracts, advertising, and providing customer service. Depending on the terms of the contract, a painting contractor might also be expected to choose materials and mix colors. Depending on the size of the business, they may also either manage employees or engage the services of other independent contractors.

A house painting business is a good choice for people who enjoy home improvement projects and prefer a greater degree of physical activity than many jobs provide. Preserving and restoring buildings to their former beauty is a valuable and highly appreciated community service. Flexible hours, low overhead, and the opportunity to develop new skills while earning as much as your own energy level permits are all factors that make this a desirable business choice for many people.

18. Ice Cream Truck Business

An ice cream truck business involves driving an ice cream truck around different neighborhoods to sell ice cream. An ice cream truck is like a mobile and specialized food truck. You must be able to prepare and store a variety of ice cream in freezers within your truck and then serve them through a window. You must also experiment with different routes so that you can discover the most profitable ones.

An ice cream truck business is good for those who can handle periods of solitude, as you will likely be the only one working this business. You must also be good with children, who are your primary demographic. Finally (if obviously), you should be someone who loves ice cream, as this will help you sell your wares to customers.

19. Inflatable Bounce House Business

Rarely do we attend an event, whether it be a birthday party or a fundraiser, where an inflatable bounce house isn’t present. In fact, it’s become so popular that children are hosting birthday parties centering around bounce houses and adults are including bounce houses in their adults-only parties, as well.

Bounce house businesses are generally set up in two different ways. Some people choose to rent bounce houses to customers for a party. Other bounce house businesses are set up to operate out of storefronts, where they fill the space with different inflatables and charge an entrance fee for children.

The entrepreneur who is committed to building his/her business and is ready to dedicate their weekends to business activities are best suited for this career path. The average weight of a 15 x 15 inflatable is equivalent to 4-5 bags of mortar, so it is essential that you have the individual strength or manpower to deliver the equipment on a regular basis.

If your dream is to have a storefront filled with inflatables, many of the above requirements remain the same. While you won’t be required to move inflatables from one location to another, much of your business will be on weekends and during the summer. Entrepreneurs with families should consider getting the entire family involved to ensure ample family time.

20. Lawn Care Business

A lawn care business offers the services of cutting grass lawns, trimming around the edges, removal of debris, and maintenance of turf, which includes fertilization, weed control, and pest control. Most lawn care businesses offer regular service on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule depending on the maintenance needs of the customers. Services may be offered to residential customers, commercial customers, or both.

The people who succeed in this business enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. The temperature varies depending on the seasons. At times during the summer, it may be very hot in certain locations. This work requires enough physical strength and stamina to be able to lift heavy equipment in and out of a pickup truck and to push the lawn cutting equipment around the yard.

People who are friendly and like to talk with people usually are more likely to get customers. It helps to have a good eye for details and to be meticulous in the maintenance work in order to do a good job that customers appreciate.

21. Lemonade Stand

People have long enjoyed cold, refreshing lemonades on hot summer days. Lemonade stand businesses specialize in selling lemonade to hot and thirsty passersby. Some stands have fixed locations, while others are operated as mobile businesses.

Anyone who is looking for a business that’s easy to own may be interested in operating a lemonade stand business. Lemonade stands have low costs and are easy to run, yet they can be quite profitable. For these reasons, they appeal to entrepreneurs of all ages -- from kids to retirees.

It helps to enjoy interacting with people. While business owners don’t spend a lot of time talking to any one customer, they will serve and interact with many customers each day.

22. Marina

Boat owners need a place to keep their boats, both during the boating season and the off-season. While some boats can be kept on a trailer and launched, other vessels cannot -- and even boaters who have trailerable vessels often don’t want to have to launch and take out their boat every time they go out on the water.

A marina business offers boaters a place to keep their boats, docking or mooring them in the water during the boating season, and storing them on land the rest of the year.

People who are familiar with boats and mechanically inclined may be well-suited for owning a marina business. Having boating experience will help a business owner anticipate their customers’ needs. Basic mechanical skills can help reduce maintenance costs, as owners can make basic repairs to docks and other facilities themselves. These skills aren’t absolutely necessary, but they can help a lot.

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Mermaid fandom has exploded in numbers in recent years, with mermaids appearing in artwork, books, movies and more. These mythical sea creatures can also be found at many events, thanks to mermaid businesses.

Mermaid businesses bring the excitement of mermaids to birthday parties, pool parties, beach parties, festivals and other events. In total, there are almost 1,000 professional merpeople working full-time across the country.

Anyone who enjoys the water and being with people may like running a mermaid business, for much of the work involves entertaining people at water-related events (e.g. pool parties, beach festivals, etc.).

While the industry is dominated by mermaids, men also can start this type of business. There are challenges for men who enter the female-dominated industry, but several mermen are having success.

Why we like this business:

Mermaids help bring a sense of wonder and magic to parties. Dressing as a mermaid and swimming in a pool, you’ll find that people are looking for your services in the summer unless you live in a climate that’s warm year-round. This business is a great way to make some extra cash in the summer while enjoying the warm weather and water.

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24. Miniature Golf Course

While the primary feature of this business is the mini-golf itself, many such businesses include other features such as arcade games, food, and activities like a climbing wall. This allows the business to bill itself as a kid-friendly entertainment center and achieve more year-round business.

This job is definitely for someone who is enthusiastic about mini-golf. This helps you to not only enjoy your job but to facilitate minor repairs and maintenance of the course as needed. The job is also best for a “people person,” as you will be dealing with individuals and groups of very different ages, personalities, and temperament, and it takes a special skill to deal with everyone courteously and professionally.

25. Paintball Field

A paintball field or arena provides the local community with a fun way to get physical exercise, relieve stress, and learn teamwork while engaging in a little friendly competition. This type of business provides the environment, equipment, training and guidance for customers to safely participate in paintball competitions and tournaments.

This is a great business for people who enjoy physical activity and promoting exercise and teamwork. If having fun and teaching others to have fun is as important to you as earning money, this might be the perfect business for you.

26. Pedicab Business

A pedicab business is a small, pedal-driven vehicle operated by a driver. Just as with taxi cabs, customers hire pedicabs to take them to a desired destination; however, pedicabs are better suited for short trips, as the cab's fuel is limited by the strength and endurance of the driver. Pedicab businesses provide a clean, quiet, alternative form of short distance transportation. They help ease traffic congestion during well-attended community events for both tourists and residents.

This business is ideal for conservationists who want to help reduce carbon emissions. Active people who enjoy working outdoors and interacting with customers are particularly well-suited for it.

27. Poison Ivy Removal Business

A poison ivy removal business charges clients to remove poison ivy and other poisonous plants from those customers' homes and yards. This service is valuable for keeping the community safe and the business can be run from home, making it attractive to many entrepreneurs.

This business is perfect for those with a lot of poison ivy or poisonous plant removal experience. This may include avid gardeners and even hikers who are familiar with the identification of, removal of, and treatment for various poisonous plants.

28. Pool Cleaning Business

People all over the United States like to go swimming, and many of them head to a swimming pool when they want to take a dip. Keeping the many swimming pools in the country clean and operating properly is major business. According to IBISWorld, the swimming pool cleaning services industry is a $3 billion industry. With no single company dominating the industry, there’s plenty of opportunity for new business owners who are interested starting up a business that cleans and services pools.

Anyone who enjoys working with their hands and being outside may enjoy running a pool service business. It also helps to be self-motivated, as business owners spend much of their time working alone while cleaning pools, and personable, because owners frequently see their customers when cleaning pools.

29. Pool Installation Business

A pool installation business builds pools for residential homes, commercial properties and living communities. Some also conduct pool repairs, check-ups and removals. Today’s pool installation businesses use a wealth of tools, skills and methods to install, repair and even remove pools. Primarily serving households, pool installation businesses also build pools for larger communities. They’re capable of creating custom pools while adhering to community and city guidelines to ensure the safety of those using the pool.

A pool installation business is ideal for any worker who enjoys working with their hands, conducting services outdoors or who loves swimming pools. Any hands-on contractor who’s had work as a pool technician may wish to take matters into their own hands, making money while installing high-demand luxury items in homes and communities alike.

30. Popsicle Business

On hot days, many people enjoy popsicles. They’re cold, delicious and sweet treats. Popsicle businesses specialize in making popsicles. Businesses sell their popsicles to customers out of a storefront, truck or cart.

Anyone who likes popsicles and is creative in the kitchen might enjoy running a popsicle business. Making popsicles isn’t hard, but coming up with flavors requires some ingenuity.

This is a business that can be started part-time while working another job. Business owners can sell popsicles on the weekends or at events in the evenings. Beau Shell even began a business selling popsicles while still going to school.

31. Post Construction Cleaning Business

Construction cleanup service providers clear a building’s construction area. These crews make sure an area is ready for the next stage of work, while also ensuring the area’s safety. Construction cleanup companies have several duties. They clean buildings between construction stages and prepare areas to become safe work environments. Construction cleanup crews can conduct final sanitization and cleanings, making sure a remodeling project is complete.

Anyone who’s proficient in maintenance, construction or handiwork can work in a construction cleanup service. If you want to own a construction cleanup service, you’ll need to have a background in management. While no formal education is needed, these skills should be secured through experience.

32. Roof Cleaning Business

Many roof cleaning businesses serve a variety of clients. Serving large companies, small communities and individual homes, roof cleaning businesses conduct in-depth roof cleans to remove dirt, impurities, leaves, branches, stains and other materials. Roof cleaning businesses also clean drains, exterior walls and chimney exteriors. In some cases, a roof cleaning business may inform the building’s owner of damages, shingle weaknesses and weakened exteriors.

The roof cleaning business is great for any previous roofing contractor, cleaner or household maintenance worker. It has a high profit potential, and it’s great for eco-lovers, explorative types, and hard workers alike. Workers can be their own boss, control their own schedule, eliminate costly trial-and-error methods, and experience a rapid startup.

33. Roofing Company

Just about every structure requires a roof, whether it is a house, business, school, or government building. Roofers have a consistent flow of work as roofs do not last forever. In general, the typical roof lasts about 15 years. However, roofs require periodic inspections, maintenance and repairs after installation.

If you like to work with your hands, desire to be your own boss, and want a consistent flow of work, the roofing business is for you. Aside from making plenty of money, opening a roofing business will provide homeowners and business owners with a much-needed line of defense against the elements. The roofing business requires climbing ladders to access roofs. If you embrace the opportunity to work high in the air on angular surfaces, the roofing business is right up your alley. This business also requires overseeing a team of workers who perform the majority of the manual labor. The best roofing business owners and managers understand how to properly delegate duties, communicate with clarity and lead employees in an effective manner.

34. Scooter Rental Business

A scooter rental business offers customers a fun and affordable option for short-term transportation. For most, scooters can be rented by hourly, half day, and whole day rates.

If you have experience in retail sales or product rentals, knowledge of small engines, a strong work ethic, and a business mind, a scooter rental business could be your ticket to financial independence. Especially if you have a background in scooters and motorcycles, either as a rider or enthusiast, or from working in a motorbike retail business, your expertise could set you apart from the competition.

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A skateboarding lessons business focuses on providing lessons (typically lasting from half an hour to one hour) that help customers improve their skateboarding skills. Such lessons are typically taught at public skate parks, which also helps this business easily establish itself as a community presence.

Obviously, the business is good for those who are already very good at skateboarding. It is also good for current or former teachers or others who are good at working with children and young adults, as these will be your primary customers.

Why we like this business:

Unless you live in sunny California, you likely can’t break out your board any time of the year; skateboarders know how damaging wet weather can be on their decks. The same goes for teaching other people to skate. Summer is the best time to skateboard and you’ll find your clients (likely school-aged children) will have the free time to take your lessons.

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36. Skydiving Business

Customers of skydiving businesses receive access to the complete experience, either in tandem with an experienced jumper or solo. The entertainment package includes the airplane ride, all equipment, landing site—also known as the dropzone or DZ—and the leadership/coaching of a jumpmaster. Other products or services might also be offered through the business, from parachute training before the jump to photography or video production of the jump.

Skydiving businesses are also sometimes known as dropzone businesses or simply DZs.

Most people who would consider starting such a business are experienced jumpers, but that’s not mandatory. You should, at a minimum, feel comfortable convincing partners or investors and officials of the wisdom of your plans and your skydiving business’ value to the community.

More than anything, potential owners should have passion for the activity—because that’s how most of your repeat jumpers feel about skydiving.

37. Summer Camp

Successful summer camp business owners respond to the needs of their customers and communities by developing curriculum and activities that focus on their specific interests, goals and objectives. Traditional summer camps offer outdoor activities such as hiking, building campfires, and canoeing. Sleep-away camps offer food and lodging as well as trained supervision during physical and educational activities. Day camps do not include lodging and offer more specialized learning activities such as computer science, performing arts and music. Today, there are summer camp programs available for nearly every imaginable purpose, interest and need.

This business is a good choice for people who love teaching, but prefer a beautiful natural setting to a formal classroom. High-energy individuals thrive on the combination of physical and mental activity this type of business provides. Creative people welcome the challenge of providing fun, interesting, and engaging songs, games, and educational activities for campers. Those who enjoy working with and enriching the lives of children and families experience a high level of job satisfaction within this industry.

38. Surfing School

Running a surf school and teaching surfing classes is a lifestyle with a dedication to the ocean water. It has the requirement to live on the coast of a country. The best places in America are the west coast of California and the islands of Hawaii. You may also find some decent surfing in other parts of the world such as Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and even in exotic places like Fiji and the beach areas of Sanya, China. No matter where you decide is best, you need to love the ocean water, work in a nice surfing spot, and want to teach people how to surf.

Surfers are people who enjoy the surfing lifestyle. Every day is a day at the beach when the waves are good. Surfers who want to teach others are even more special because they need to have patience when being an instructor for first-time learners. The best surfers enjoy daily surfing and catching good waves for them is a spiritual experience.

If you find yourself in the ocean water every day looking for the next great wave, you are a real candidate for this business as long as you also like working with other people to teach them how to surf better.

39. Swim School

A swimming school is a good business for any community, because most children would like to learn how to swim. While such a school can prosper in any community, it will obviously do better in communities that have prominent water parks, public pools, and/or beaches, where there is ample opportunity for kids to try out their new skills.

First and foremost, this is for someone both passionate and knowledgeable about swimming, as you must be able to provide specific tips and techniques in order to help swimmers succeed. You must be good at working with children, as most of your customers will be younger. And you must be careful modulating group lessons and individual instruction in order to underscore the value of your private lessons.

40. Tour Company

Tour guide services are most often offered in cities large, world-famous cities and cities that have rich historical backgrounds. Guests can be taken on a tour by foot or by vehicle, depending upon the distance that will be covered during the tour.

The self-motivator with a thirst for knowledge who enjoys sharing what they’ve learned with others would do best owning a tour guide business.

41. Tree Service

Tree service providers are incredibly important to homeowners. Responsible for the installation and removal of trees, these businesses take care of households and businesses alike. They additionally help property owners with weekly, monthly and annual maintenance, including trimming and pruning. In the event of an emergency, a tree service business will remove roots, remove stumps, move fallen tree branches and remove entire trees. They’re knowledgeable about local codes and regulations, helping property owners maintain operations legally.

A tree care business is a great opportunity for any recent tree care company worker. If you’ve recognized the financial potential of growing your own business, and if you’re skilled in the technical aspects of tree care, you’ll thrive. A tree care business isn’t for everyone, however, as it requires a lot of financial planning, competitive analysis, equipment and effective marketing.

42. Walking Tour Business

Tourists are constantly in search of hidden gems in and insider knowledge about their destination, which is what walking tour businesses provide. These businesses take tourists on guided explorations of an area, during which time tourists see both famous locations and lesser-known attractions while getting lots of local knowledge.

Most walking tours explore the area through a particular interest, and there are tours for all kinds of interests. For example, in New York City there are walking tour businesses that offer guided explorations of the city’s haunted locations, architecture and street art.

Anyone who’s people-oriented and is passionate about where they live may enjoy running a walking tour business. Most of the work involves sharing information about an area with visitors.

This is a business that can be done full- or part-time. Business owners who have another job can offer tours when they’re off from their other work.

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Amusement parks are a popular vacation destination for families all over the world. Few things are more exhilarating than experiencing the rides, laughing and screaming as you make your way to the bottom. Couple that with water, and you have a family friendly adventure for individuals of all ages.

Entrepreneurs with previous small business ownership or management would be best suited for this business venture. Innovators who enjoy a fast-paced atmosphere and are dedicated to reinvesting a portion of their profits can turn a small waterpark into a million dollar enterprise in a matter of years.

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Waterparks, just like amusement parks, are a great summer fun destination for most everyone. Waterparks are even more seasonal than amusement parks, though. People don’t want to spend the day getting soaked if it’s 47℉ outside. Maintenance costs will be high, but this business does lend itself well to hibernation. Once rides are appropriately prepared for the winter, you’ll be good to go until the next summer.

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44. Wedding Officiant Business

A wedding officiant business provides couples who want to marry with someone who is licensed and authorized by the state to perform the wedding ceremony. Wedding officiants must be ordained to marry people in a wedding ceremony. Notable ULC ordained officiants include Richard Branson, Paul McCartney, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

Usually, wedding officiants perform non-religious ceremonies, but some wedding officiants are ordained by a religious organization to perform religious weddings. Some wedding officiant businesses provide couples with wedding planning assistance for an additional fee.

A wedding officiant business is a good match for anyone who is looking for a side business. Wedding officiants themselves should enjoy interacting socially with a wide range of people, be comfortable speaking in public, and love weddings. In addition, since weddings are typically held on the weekend, someone thinking about starting this type of business should have a flexible schedule.

45. Wedding Photography Business

There are few things more important to a bride and groom than their wedding photos. Each photo takes them back to that special day surrounded by all their loved ones. The wedding photographer is an integral part of the process, there to capture the little moments the couple was too busy to enjoy at the time. Many couples also hire their wedding photographer for the events leading up to that special day, such as the engagement photos and engagement party.

Individuals who have gained firsthand experience in the photography profession and are confident enough in their skills to venture out on their own will realize the greatest success in this business.

46. Window Installation and Repair Business

Window installation and repair businesses outfit residential and commercial structures with new or replacement windows and related parts. Especially for today’s energy conservative and efficient world, new windows are essential to maintaining a low carbon footprint. Either as an independent business entity or as a sub-contractor for larger window retailers, the bulk of the business will revolve around new window installs and replacements.

If you have construction experience or have worked in window sales, you may be an ideal candidate to open a window install and replacement business. Having knowledge in the product, the installation process, and necessary carpentry skills, or all three, will help a new entrepreneur immensely. Good customer service and personability is also an important trait for a successful start up business owner.

47. Window Washing Business

A window washing business cleans residential, commercial, and institutional windows on a retained or per-assignment basis. As the owner of a window washing business, you’ll be responsible for recruiting clients and washing the windows—on a one-time or regularly contracted basis—of residences, apartment complexes, storefronts, colleges and universities, funeral homes, car dealerships, and other properties—potentially just about any structure that contains windows. You can start your business alone or buy into a franchise operation for its experience and support. Some window washing businesses specialize in high rise window cleaning, but this involves a much larger capital outlay for equipment, training, marketing, and insurance.

This is a service business, so you should have an instinct for salesmanship and a commitment to superior customer service. You should also be good at managing people, since you might have at least a few employees.

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