Winter can be a great time to start a business. The holiday season and changing temperatures can put customers in a spending mood. So if you’re looking to start a new business this season, here are 25 different business ideas that are perfect for the winter months.
Winter Business Ideas
Snow Removal Service
As the snow falls, homeowners will need to remove it from their walkways. So you can offer to remove it for them in exchange for a small fee.
Christmas Tree Farm
If you have a fair amount of land to work with, you can grow pine trees and let customers visit to pick out the perfect Christmas tree for their homes.
Holiday Pop-up Shop
Since people do so much more shopping during the holiday season than they do throughout the rest of the year, it’s the perfect time to open up a temporary pop-up retail store.
Gift Wrapping Service
You could also set up shop in a busy shopping area and offer to gift wrap purchases for customers.
Custom Ornament Sales
One popular item that customers tend to purchase mainly in the winter is the holiday ornament. You can offer your own unique version and even customize it for each person.
Gift Basket Service
You could also start a business where you make unique gift baskets and deliver them to gift recipients throughout the holidays.
If you have enough space to work with, you can set up an ice rink and let people visit in exchange for a small fee.
Sleigh Ride Service
Another fun business idea, you can offer winter themed sleigh rides around parks or downtown areas.
Hot Beverage Stand
Coffee carts are always popular, but winter can also be a great time to sell other hot beverages like tea and hot chocolate near parks or shopping areas.
A towing service can do a lot of business in the winter, helping drivers who get stuck in snowbanks or slide on ice.
Home Winterization Service
You can also help homeowners who want to prepare their houses for winter by insulating, closing any gaps in windows or using other winterization techniques.
Chimney Sweep Service
Homeowners also tend to use their fireplaces quite a bit in the winter months. So it can be a great time to get into the chimney sweeping business.
Another festive product you can sell, offer natural wreaths made out of evergreen branches or make them out of craft supplies so customers can keep them for more than just one season.
Holiday Decorating Service
Some people want their homes to look festive for the holidays but don’t want to actually do any decorating themselves. So you can start a business where you arrange holiday decorations for those clients.
Ski Destination Vacation Rentals
If you’re interested in a winter tourism business, you can start a small resort or even rent out a home or room near a ski destination on platforms like Airbnb.
Winter Sports Instruction
If you’re skilled at any winter sports like skiing or hockey, you could also offer instruction services centered around those activities.
Winter Sports Equipment Rentals
Or you could set up shop near ski slopes or ice rinks to rent out equipment like ice skates, skis or snowboards.
Holiday Cookie Sales
Bakers, the holiday season is a great time to start a business focused on festive cookies and other desserts.
Greeting Card Sales
It’s also a great time to sell holiday cards and similar festive paper goods.
Knit Accessories Sales
If you’re a good knitter or crocheter, you can use your skills to make hats, scarves and other accessories to sell.
Errand Service for Seniors
Snow and ice can make running errands in the winter somewhat dangerous, especially for seniors. So you can start an errand services aimed at helping those customers with daily tasks through the winter months.
Party Planning Service
If you’re interested in starting a party planning business, you can focus specifically on holiday parties for large groups or corporations.
Personal Gift Shopping Service
You can also show off your shopping skills during the winter months by starting a personal shopping service focused specifically on holiday gift shoppers.
Furnace Repair Service
HVAC professionals that focus on furnace repair can also be especially popular during the winter months as homeowners experience heating issues.
Personal Training Service
January is the most popular time of the year for people to start a new workout routine. So while it’s possible to run a personal training business throughout the year, winter is the perfect time to get started.
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These are definitely some good ideas to earn some extra money during the holidays. But the challenge is how to get a business like this to profit all year round.
Some are great for just a seasonal opportunity, while others can certainly be successful year-round.
In my own experience I prefer looking into business that peak at different times of the year. I’m a painter and landscaper in the summer time when they peak and was looking for a winter time business as painting and landscaping are dead in the winter. But the Christmas Tree Farming, Snow Removal, & Gift shop all peak in the winter and are dead in the summer. So all 4 both businesses peak at different times of the year and are dead at different times of the year.