When you’re looking for ideas for the best seasonal business options, you’re probably using the following criteria to help determine which ones make the grade:

  • Ease of set up
  • Good return on investment
  • Low start up cost
  • Can pick own hours
  • Close to home

And maybe most importantly: Something you enjoy! Here are a few suggestions to inspire your own ability to start a seasonal business that you will be eager to pursue.

If you like to paint, perhaps you’d like to decorate local store front windows during the holidays. Or if you have a passion for gardening, put your green thumb to work by selling plant bulbs in the spring. With a sewing machine and a love of fabric, you can teach people the finer points of clothing construction, including children’s costumes at Halloween.

For those who enjoy crafts, there are an unlimited number of holiday items to make and sell at local craft fairs. For example, handmade Christmas tree decorations made from articles collected in nature (such as pine cones, mistletoe and even sea shells) would be a unique product with little overhead or expenses to produce. Dusting off a family recipe for fruitcake or red velvet cake might be the beginning of a baking enterprise for those who know their way around the kitchen.

Gardeners can sell their surplus of fruit, vegetables and flowers at a local farmers market during the growing season. You might want to keep in mind that by planting produce that matures well into the fall, such as spinach, kale and carrots, you can earn money past the summer months. Check out culinary blogs and magazines to learn of any new craze for rare produce, such as heirloom tomatoes, and plant accordingly.

If you’re an animal lover, you might find that people who own birds, fish and rabbits (not to mention dogs and cats) often need to hire a reliable person to provide care for their pets while they are away on summer vacation. You can supplement your pet care services by offering to water houseplants and bring in mail and newspapers.

Whether you are looking for ideas for a spring, summer, fall or winter venture, there are many opportunities for you to consider. Hopefully this list will give you incentive to take stock of your personal goals, interests and skills, and the resources that you have readily available to start your own distinctive (and best) seasonal business.

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