50 Best Seasonal Business Ideas For 2021

50 Best Seasonal Business Ideas For 2021

Looking to start a seasonal business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own seasonal business, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable seasonal business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

Terry Morrill from SUN VALLEY started Pacific Outdoor Living over 22 years ago, a landscaping business.

  • Revenue: $1,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: SUN VALLEY

It hasn't always been easy. I've had many different businesses over my life. I first started purchasing, renovating, and reselling apartment buildings. I started with a 5-unit building in Los Angeles and after selling it successfully, I purchased a completely dilapidated 66-unit building that scared me to death! But I made it through and over those first years made over one million dollars.

I rolled the dice and continued to buy, renovate, and sell until the bottom dropped out of the market. On January 17, 1994, the Northridge Earthquake devastated Southern California. During this period there was a negative migration in Los Angeles and our vacancy rates hit 40%. Being unable to support the mortgages, I lost all of my properties - over 250 units.

From 1994 to 1999, I started a company from scratch that built homes in Mexico. I sold insurance, ran an automatic door company, was the general manager for a bicycle specialty company, and sold copper pipe.

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Terry Morrill, on starting Pacific Outdoor Living ($1,100,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a personal training business ($720K/year)

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit over 10 years ago, a personal training business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas, USA

I started Live Fit because I felt I was running out of options in the industry I loved so much. Personally, I felt the misses in the personal training industry and wanted to change that. Personal Training, as well as all types of fitness, can be very intimidating to most people. And honestly, the people that are most intimidated by fitness are often the people that need it the most. I set out to create a company that provided the same types of exercises, programming, and results as generally all fitness companies, but I wanted to make it a comfortable experience from the moment a potential client stepped through our doors.

All our processes, our studio layout, our team of trainers we have hired, and our entire mission are based on making clients feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. We do things differently and over the past 10 years, I have seen other companies in our area follow our lead. Long gone are the days of slamming weights, extremely loud music, and uncomfortable gym environments. People want to go where they feel comfortable and respected.

I have always loved sports and started at a young age, with my dad as my coach. I continued athletics through high school and went on to run college track where I based my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees entirely on building my career in the fitness industry. The last thing I was willing to do was to throw it all away based on a lack of opportunity, so I created my own with Live Fit. I believe in spirituality and the law of attraction and base my life on those principles. So in early 2011 when I couldn’t focus on my spiritual study and spiritual growth because my mind was consumed with running numbers about opening my own company, I knew that was a sign from God it was time to create something great.

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Chris Anderson, on starting Live Fit ($60,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a tutoring business ($1.2M/year)

Adam Shlomi from Miami, FL, USA started SoFlo Tutors over 2 years ago, a tutoring business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA

I come from an entrepreneurial family. My father works for himself and my maternal grandfather started a clothing factory. Working for myself has always been encouraged by my family, but before I could get started, I needed to learn a skill. At Georgetown, I study international politics and business. Most students with these backgrounds go on to work at prestigious firms like J.P. Morgan. I really didn’t know what kind of business I could start, and frankly, planned to work as a (boring) data analyst after graduation.

If you have an idea but don’t have the knowledge to execute, use that idea as motivation and go learn how to turn your vision into reality.

Tutoring first came to mind because I had spent significant time working for other tutoring companies and cutting my teeth/learning how the industry works during my teen years. I first started tutoring when I was 15. I was hired by College Experts, a local test prep center in Davie, Florida. My first student was three years older than me, and I spent our first session teaching him how to use his calculator rather than trying to explain any complicated formulas. Being a student myself, I was able to bring a student’s perspective to tutoring. I worked for College Experts until my senior year of high school when I began tutoring on my own and finding clients on Craigslist.

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Adam Shlomi, on starting SoFlo Tutors ($100,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a chimney repair business ($545K/year)

Mitchell Blackmon from Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA started Patriot Chimney over 3 years ago, a chimney repair business.

  • Revenue: $45,394/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA

When I was in college, I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities and always working. When I graduated, frankly, I became bored after work. My mom owned a housekeeping company when I was younger and I thought that would be a good idea, so I created a housekeeping company and hired her and my aunt to work it. My brother, Matt, and I would talk about creating different businesses together since he was out of the Marines and we’d go back and forth between things like home health, more housekeeping, or even a landscaping company, but we never really could agree on one.

The most important thing you can do is communicate - who does what, set due dates that you all agree on, hold each other accountable, and create consequences for failures.

During this time, Matt started working for one of our competitors in the Roanoke valley and used his GI Bill to get certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which is the main chimney/dryer vent education association in the USA. After a while, Matt helped his friend Billy get a job at the same company. They noticed some shady practices, their paychecks bouncing, and their ideas to help grow the business were cast aside by the owner. They made it through the burn season (the busiest time in the industry) but that following summer they were let go.

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Mitchell Blackmon, on starting Patriot Chimney ($45,394/month) full story ➜

5. Start a party planning business

Examples of a successful party planning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a party planning business:

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6. Start a snow shoveling business

Examples of a successful snow shoveling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a snow shoveling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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7. Start a raising turkeys business

Examples of a successful raising turkeys business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a raising turkeys business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Start a school shopping service business

Examples of a successful school shopping service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a school shopping service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a school shopping service business ➜

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9. Start a summer camp

Examples of a successful summer camp:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a summer camp:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a summer camp ➜

10. Start a house sitting business

Examples of a successful house sitting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a house sitting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a forcing bulbs business

Examples of a successful forcing bulbs business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a forcing bulbs business:

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12. Start a moving service business ($18K/year)

Examples of a successful moving service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a moving service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a moving service business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Marcia Solis's story on creating Send me South a read:

Hello! My name is Marcia Solis and I run Send me South, a company that helps people relocate to Costa Rica, Central America, since 2012.

Our customized services help our clients understand the relocation process and finally get their residencies approved. We take care of everything right from the beginning and we guide our clients so that they arrive with all the documents needed to succeed in this process. We offer a full package to make sure our clients will be satisfied and finally receive what they are looking for: their resident status in my beloved country.

Since this is a business that is mostly referred to by word of mouth, clients do not show every month. However, there is always a family coming to stay, wanting to give their children the Latin experience of learning Spanish directly in our schools, or retired people looking for the tropics to spend their golden years in our beaches and mountains.

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Marcia Solis, on starting Send me South ($1,500/month) full story ➜

13. Start a growing products business

Examples of a successful growing products business:

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14. Start a speed boat rental business

Examples of a successful speed boat rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a speed boat rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a seeds business ($4.8M/year)

Examples of a successful seeds business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a seeds business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a seeds business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Parker Garlitz's story on creating True Leaf Market a read:

I’m Parker Garlitz, one of the Co-Founders of True Leaf Market. We are an independent seed company offering heirloom, non-GMO and organic seeds. We also offer growing supplies and starter kits. We sell to home gardeners up to professional growers. We offer traditional vegetable garden, flower and herb seeds as well as specialty seeds like microgreens, sprouts, and wheatgrass. The other Co-Founders are Lance Heaton, Kaitlin Jones & Robb Baumann.

I’m Parker Garlitz, one of the Co-Founders of True Leaf Market. We are an independent seed company offering heirloom, non-GMO and organic seeds. We also offer growing supplies and starter kits. We sell to home gardeners up to professional growers. We offer traditional vegetable garden, flower and herb seeds as well as specialty seeds like microgreens, sprouts, and wheatgrass. The other Co-Founders are Lance Heaton, Kaitlin Jones & Robb Baumann.

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Parker Garlitz, on starting True Leaf Market ($400,000/month) full story ➜

16. Become a holiday shopper business

Examples of a successful holiday shopper business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a holiday shopper business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start a surfing lessons business

Examples of a successful surfing lessons business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a surfing lessons business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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18. Start a skates business

Examples of a successful skates business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a skates business:

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19. Start a gift baskets business ($24K/year)

Examples of a successful gift baskets business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gift baskets business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gift baskets business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Valentina's story on creating Really Luxe a read:

Hello! I’m Valentina, the founder, and CEO of Really Luxe. I love chocolates (especially Godiva) and anything gold and shiny!

We have been in business since September 2020, so we are still a new brand. Most of our customers reside in the province of Ontario, with 78% of our orders being local delivery orders. The remaining percentage is ordered that we ship throughout Canada.

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Valentina, on starting Really Luxe ($2,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a yard work service business

Examples of a successful yard work service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a yard work service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start a hunting guide business

Examples of a successful hunting guide business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hunting guide business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hunting guide business ➜

22. Start a spring cleaning service business

Examples of a successful spring cleaning service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a spring cleaning service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Start a sleigh ride service

Examples of a successful sleigh ride service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sleigh ride service:

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24. Start an easter lamb business

Examples of a successful easter lamb business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a easter lamb business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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25. Start an apple cider business

Examples of a successful apple cider business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a apple cider business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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26. Start a weather stripping homes business

Examples of a successful weather stripping homes business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a weather stripping homes business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Examples of a successful christmas cookie delivery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a christmas cookie delivery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a christmas cookie delivery business ➜

28. Start a swimming instructor business

Examples of a successful swimming instructor business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a swimming instructor business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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29. Start a gift wrapping service

Examples of a successful gift wrapping service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gift wrapping service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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30. Start a may day baskets business

Examples of a successful may day baskets business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a may day baskets business:

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31. Start a raking leaves business

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a raking leaves business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a raking leaves business ➜

32. Start a butcher shop business

Examples of a successful butcher shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a butcher shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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33. Start a pet sitting business

Examples of a successful pet sitting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet sitting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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34. Start a snorkeling lessons business

Examples of a successful snorkeling lessons business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a snorkeling lessons business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a snorkeling lessons business ➜

35. Become a lemonade seller

Examples of a successful lemonade seller:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a lemonade seller:

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36. Start a gleaning business

Examples of a successful gleaning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gleaning business:

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37. Start a pool cleaning business

Examples of a successful pool cleaning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pool cleaning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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38. Start a christmas tree farm

Examples of a successful christmas tree farm:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a christmas tree farm:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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39. Start a parking lot sweeping business

Examples of a successful parking lot sweeping business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a parking lot sweeping business:

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40. Start a window cleaning business

Examples of a successful window cleaning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a window cleaning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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41. Start a roof repair business

Examples of a successful roof repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a roof repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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42. Start a fishing guide business

Examples of a successful fishing guide business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fishing guide business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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43. Start a house painting business

Examples of a successful house painting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a house painting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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44. Start a parasailing business

Examples of a successful parasailing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a parasailing business:

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45. Start a specialty egg decorating business

Examples of a successful specialty egg decorating business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a specialty egg decorating business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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46. Start a fence installation business

Examples of a successful fence installation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fence installation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fence installation business ➜

47. Start an ice cream shop business

Examples of a successful ice cream shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ice cream shop business ➜

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48. Become a skiing instructor

Examples of a successful skiing instructor:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a skiing instructor:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a skiing instructor ➜

49. Start a pest control business

Examples of a successful pest control business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pest control business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pest control business ➜

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50. Start a tour guide business

Examples of a successful tour guide business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tour guide business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tour guide business ➜

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