When we think of seasonal businesses, we tend to think of summer and winter. But fall is a season too and like any other provides plenty of small business opportunities. Here are six small business ideas for profiting from the changes that fall brings to people's lives. Some of these small business ideas are short-lived opportunities, profitable only for a few months while others could be worked into year-round small businesses. But all of them are businesses that can be started quickly and inexpensively so you can start making profits fast.
1) Student moving small business idea
Late summer / fall is the season when students are on the move, moving from their parents' homes into dorms, moving from summer accommodations into other living quarters, returning from summer jobs and looking for places to live. In almost all cases, they have stuff that has to be moved too. If you live in a college town or near a university, moving students and their stuff could be a profitable short term business. And, of course, it wouldn't be hard to turn this small business idea into a year-round business if you broadened the niche.
2) "Closing down the cottage" small business idea
In a similar vein, if you live in cottage country or anywhere where there is a lot of recreational property, late summer / fall is moving time and the time when you could be profiting from people's changes in residence. Before people head back to their winter quarters, their summer places have to be officially cleaned and closed up for winter - services you could provide. You might also be able to get some caretaking business on an ongoing basis if you’re interested.
3) Back to school shopper small business idea
This small business idea is definitely a short-term strike-while-the-iron-is-hot business, but that doesn't mean it's not worth doing. The idea is simple; the client gives you a list of school supplies and you do the shopping to fill it and deliver the goods - a real time saver for busy Moms and Dads who would love to have someone take the chore off their hands.
(And of course almost any business you start can get a piece of the back to school market; see these Back to School Marketing Ideas to get started.)
4) Pet sitting small business idea
People still travel through the late summer and fall which means many people are still hunting for someone to care for their pets while they're traveling. If your own home is not suitable for offering in-home animal care, you can still get in on this small business idea by offering to care for people's pets in their own homes. Dogs and cats are popular pets but don’t forget about the little ones such as guinea pigs, rabbits and rats. They need care, too.
For more business ideas related to caring for animals, see 18 Pet Business Ideas.
5) Professional organizer small business idea
The change of season brings many the urge to organize. You can capitalize on their urges by helping them organize their closets, their garages and their kitchens. While this is a small business idea that is best carried out as a year-round enterprise, it's easy to give it a seasonal twist by focusing on projects such as putting away summer gear and organizing children's rooms for study as well as play.
6) Yard cleanup small business idea
And of course, you can't get through fall without falling leaves in most places - and most people hate to rake them up themselves. Start a small business focusing on fall yard cleanup, giving hedges their last trims, getting those leaves off lawns and putting gardens to bed for the season. You'll need to invest in some equipment for this small business idea, but depending on the scope of the services you offer, your investment could be minimal.
Don't Wait to Get Started
If you're a person who would like to start a business and make some money but don’t want to make a long-term commitment right now, one of these seasonal small business ideas could be just the thing for you. The only thing is that like ripe tomatoes, these seasonal business ideas won't keep. So pick your business idea and get started! The sooner you do, the sooner you can be harvesting some extra green.