Summertime is just a few months away. What are we to do? Should you take the usual summer vacation or come up with the best summer business ideas at home?
The old stand-by, the Lemonade Stand, is making a comeback. Have you noticed the increasing number of lemonade stands in the malls? But there is more to starting a summer business than just freshly-squeezed lemonade mixed with water, ice and sugar.
There are other summer business ideas you can do at home. And summer is the perfect time to start a business because traditionally, the second quarter of the year encourages people to spend.
Here are 55 of the best summer ideas you can start at home in the Philippines:
1. Halo Halo Stand
Let’s start with the obvious. What is summer without Halo-Halo? Yes, it is the perfect, all-year-round dessert but more so during summer. Dare to be different by investing in a machine that makes fine powder ice. The quality of the ice differentiates great Halo-Halo from so-so Halo-Halo. Give it a Hawaiian spin by using condensed milk instead of evaporated milk!
2. Soft Serve Ice Cream
Soft serve ice cream is fast becoming a favorite snack item among Filipinos. Take a look at all the 15 Pesos soft serve “Swirl-All-You-Can” businesses in the convenience stores. Soft serve has very low food cost. 15 Pesos will give you fantastic profit margin. The machine is very expensive, but you can propose leasing arrangements with suppliers of the mix or the equipment.
3. Fresh Fruit Stand
A sure sign that summer is around the corner is the abundance of fresh fruit stands. Filipinos are increasingly becoming health conscious and adding more fruits in their diet. Find a good supplier of popular fruits such as oranges, bananas, pineapples and coconuts then offer them at a much lower price compared to the commercial retailers.
4. Smoothies Stand
Why stop at fresh fruits? You can also offer smoothies. These are healthier options for those who want to drink their fruit. You can make these smoothies healthier by offering coconut milk, oatmeal, almond shavings, granola, avocado and protein powder as mixes or toppings.
5. Catering Business
Summer is also synonymous with get-togethers and backyard BBQ parties. Bring out the Bobby Flay in you and offer interesting recipes for steaks, chicken, hamburgers, sausages and pork chops in your menu. A catering business requires low capital and offers good margins. It’s a great way to develop your organizational skills.
6. Ice Candy
Who hasn’t had sweet memories of ice candy during the summer? Ice Candy is easy to make and offers good profit margin because it does not cost much to prepare them. All you need are good syrup mixes, purified water, and a reliable freezer. You can source the packaging material specific for ice candy from grocery stores, the public market or plastic suppliers.
7. Ice Making
Ice Making business is highly intuitive because you can never produce enough ice for the summer months. Demand is very high, and most freezers cannot maintain the right temperature consistently. All you need are several ice trays and purified water. You can buy a small chest freezer and pack it with several 5-pound bags of ice.
8. Water Refilling Station
Water Refilling Stations historically enjoy brisk business during the summer season because demand for drinking water is much higher. People are either staying home, exercising or driving to their vacation. They will always need a steady supply of drinkable water. You also have to keep in mind that water supply is also lower during the summer months.
9. Generator Rental Business
The Philippines relies on hydro-electric power, so low water supply in summer means more brown outs. A generator rental business would be a godsend for many businesses and homes that need the air-conditioning running at least 8 hours a day. You should buy or sub-contract a silent generator that runs on diesel and can support one air-conditioner, a few lights, a computer and the television.
10. Art School
Summer is the perfect time of the year to learn new skills and art is one of the most popular hobbies to pick up especially for kids. If you have had formal lessons or are a certified art instructor, this could be one of the best summer business ideas at home in the Philippines. You could offer basic instruction beginning with coloring. By offering different levels of art instruction, you could build a clientele that would patronize your business even after summer.
11. Music Instruction
Summer is the time the musicians in all of us give in to their calling; real or imagined. If you have the chops to teach guitar, piano and any other musical instrument including the human voice, summer is the best time of the year to help aspiring musicians achieve their dreams. Add more value to your offering by creating a small studio in your home where students can jam and record themselves.
12. Fitness Coaching
As the saying goes, “Sun’s out guns out.” Go to any gym in the summertime and every guy is training arms and abs and nothing else, especially legs. If you have the certification and experience, it’s time to put an end to this madness and show these trainees how to develop a worthy beach body. Personal Trainers pick up brisk business during the summer with trainees paying up to 1,000 per hour to develop a godlike physique in record time. Charge extra if they don’t want to train legs!
13. Cooking Classes
Another popular hobby during the summertime is cooking. People love to learn how to cook because it is a great way to bring family and friends together. If you have a specialty cuisine, offer different packages according to the degree of difficulty. For example, you can offer classes on 30-minute meals or fine dining quality food.
14. Jewelry Making
Jewelry – Making is a year round hobby but is especially popular during summer because people; particularly students have more time to spend on the craft. There are several nights and flea markets where you can offer your creations. You can even sell them online.
15. Dance Classes
Dance attracts boys and girls of all ages. It gives them an opportunity to hone their technique and pursue their dream. If you are well-versed in a number of styles especially the modern ones, you could set up a small studio in your home and offer a few classes every day.
16. Martial Arts Lessons
Martial art is a discipline that requires skill. And it takes consistent repetition to acquire that skill. Summer is the best time to learn martial arts because you have all the time in the world without having to worry about homework or exams. If you have a teaching certificate in martial arts, your calendar could be booked for the summer. Classes in Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Brazilian Jujitsu are very popular.
17. Internet Shop
Kids will be kids. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or school year. If they have smartphones or tablets. They will always venture to the Internet shop for a more awesome gaming experience. Expect more long-term users of your shop during summertime. PCs for gamers are quite expensive; 25,000 Pesos for a basic unit. It might be better to enter a lease-to-own arrangement with a supplier.
18. Virtual Assistance
Do you want to go back to school with a greater sense of accomplishment, responsibility and a fatter bank account? Then opt to be a Virtual Assistant this summer. This is one of the best summer business ideas at home because you can hone your skills while earning good pay. Filipino VA’s are highly in demand and first-timers can earn anywhere from 18,000 to 35,000 Pesos per month.
19. Fashion Retailer
Summer is the time where people want to look cool. Shorts, cotton shirts and Cubavera shirts are especially popular during the summer. You can create your own or get volume discounts from wholesalers. Offer them at significantly lower prices compared to department stores and promote them heavily in social media. You could be out-of-stock in no time.
20. Sunglass Retailer
When it comes to summer, does anyone care if they are wearing branded sunglasses? People buy sunnies to protect their eyes. There are sunnies which offer good UV protection that won’t break the bank. You can get them at volume discounts from reputable suppliers. As long as they get the job done while getting people to look good, the price won’t matter. People will still buy sunnies.