All year long there are jobs you can do outside, and they are jobs that can be done by people of nearly any age. A teenager with an entrepreneurial spirit can start a lawn mowing business just the same as an adult can. When it comes to your seasonal outdoor business there are some things you need to consider though.
For one thing, you need to treat this like a real business if you intend to make money from it. By making money and not paying taxes on that money you’re doing something illegal. That means you want to have the things any business will have, from a website to the right equipment.
What Do You Like To Do?
Before you decide on your new outdoor business you need to decide what you like to do. If you don’t like being outside when it is hot out then you’re not going to want to be in the businesses of landscaping or lawn mowing. You may be better suited to shoveling snow as a business.
If you enjoy the summer and don’t mind the winter you could make your outdoor business a year around venture. Mow lawns and do landscaping when it’s nice out, rake leaves when they start to fall, and shovel sidewalks when it starts to snow. You will be making money all year, but you’ll need the right equipment.
How Much Money Do You Have To Invest?
What equipment your business needs will depend on the business, and for many it won’t be a cheap investment. Riding lawn mowers are not cheap, but if you’re mowing many lawns a day you’ll need one. You’ll also be gassing it up.
A teen shoveling snow just needs a shovel, but an adult making a living on it will need a truck with a plow. You also need to invest in marketing and advertising. Local advertising, in local papers, will be a must for this type of business (but you also want to be online too).
What Are You Going To Do The Rest Of The Year?
If you don’t want to work in the winter, or you don’t want to work in the summer, when it comes to working outdoors, you need to make a plan for the rest of your work year. Are you making enough one season to get through the off-season? Are you going to have to find a side job to make money during the off-season?
Just because your job takes a hiatus doesn’t mean that your bills do. You need to have a plan when it comes to money. You could also let your yard business be a side project you do when you have a day off from your “day” job.