Business development · 20 July 2016

Summer startups – Five business ideas you can launch today

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Selling ice cold food and drink on hot summer days could be a good money maker

Business Advice has pulled together some summertime startup ideas for readers looking to make the most of good weather and longer days by making some extra dough.

Wow, it’s hot outside. Some parts of the UK have experienced scorchers, upwards of 33°C this week, while the hottest place in the country – Pershore, in Worcestershire – recorded warmer temperatures than Barcelona on 19 July.

There can be very little to ignite someone’s deep-seated desire to become their own boss than having to spend the hottest day of the year sat at a desk in a darkened office.

Whether you’re looking to break out of the daily nine-to-five grind before you’ve missed the great British summer, or just looking to make the most of the long evenings, these business ideas could earn resourceful entrepreneurs some cash. 

Selling cold food and drinks

While selling lemonade remains the time-honoured favourite when it comes to summer business ventures, you can make extra money in the heat selling all sorts of refreshment. Ice cream, cold bottled water, and lollies are always popular, while flavoured ice cubes are a relatively new phenomenon, despite being cheap and easy to make. Take a cool box full of goodies to a local event and wait for thirsty revelers to descend on you.

Cleaning services

In popular tourist destinations, residents often rent out their homes in the summer months, or those who’ve invested in property witness a higher turnover of visitors coming in and out. At this busier time of year, professional cleaning services will be in popular demand as people look to spruce up their properties quickly and thoroughly. All it takes to set up a cleaning service is a few supplies, a mode of transport and manpower. So, if you have all three you can start scheduling a few appointments a day and gather clients in your local area.


The majority of people choose summertime to take annual leave because of school summer breaks and warmer climates everywhere, but leaving the home unguarded for two weeks is a daunting prospect for many.

Many homeowners might appreciate the services of a trusted individual to go in once in a while to make sure their property remains safe. On top of checking for break-ins, house sitters can keep homes ticking over in other ways, like making sure pets are fed, plants are watered, post is picked up, lawns are cut and fridges are cleaned out.

Summer tutoring

Are you a passionate pianist, a learned linguist or a master mathematician? If so, then the summer could be the time to share your skills with others and pocket some money in the process. Parents, concerned about their children’s brains turning soft while school’s out, may pay handsomely for private tutoring in specific subjects, while university students may want your expertise in time for their new term. Although it can be competitive, tutoring can be a lucrative way to learn yourself, whilst gaining valuable teaching experience and making friends.

Water sports instruction

Tourists flock to the beach in the summer, even in the UK. If you live near a popular seaside destination and you’re a keen windsurfer, sailor or water skier, you could consider taking up water sports instruction on the side. This would need a bit more preparation. On top of a lifeguard qualification, you may need to investigate the services that are already on offer locally, and work who your clients would be. If you’re enthusiastic about introducing someone else to a hobby you enjoy and foresee some demand, this might be a good earner.

Meet myAllergy, the food and healthcare startup that began with a trip to A&E. 

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Fred Heritage is deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London. He previously worked as a reporter at Global Trade Review magazine.


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