Seasonal businesses seek to provide consumers with products and services that are typically consumed during an annual time frame, and as the nation gears up for the most ‘most wonderful time of the year’ there are several annual trades for budding entrepreneurs to try this winter.
The winter can see the UK drop to subzero temperature for months, predictably this causes an upsurge in sales for items which can shield people from the adverse weather conditions that we face. Coats, thermal wear, gloves and scarves are in high demand throughout winter and henceforth is a brilliant idea for seasonal trading.
Producing Speciality Foods
This time of year is almost synonymous with eating to excess and there is a wealth of speciality food that increases in popularity around the holiday period. Kosher food’s such as brisket and kugel are subject to higher demand in the run up to Hanukkah, and similarly turkey’s are scarce and often sold out approaching Christmas day. Recent trends have also seen a boom in vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO alternatives of holiday favourites.
As many people build rituals around setting up lights and decorating, this might seem like an undersubscribed service. However the latter months of the year are often the most busy and some people can’t find the time to get the tinsel down from the loft. Individuals with a penchant for decor could turn a profit by dressing homes
Gift wrapping booths are most frequently seen in department stores, but these shops often limit this to products bought from their store and usually only offer this service for smaller items. However, those who are good at crafts can offer the same service without limiting which gifts can be wrapped, making it more convenient and appealing for both those buying and unwrapping the present.
December is often referred to as party season due to the intensity of social activities ranging from extravagant New Year’s soirees to cheap and cheerful office Christmas parties. For this reason, party planning is a skill set that comes in handy, especially around this time of year. Party planners don’t just book venues, they often find entertainment and plan seating arrangements, all while sticking to a pre arranged budget.
Snow Shovelling & Ploughing
A lot of people have difficulty shovelling their own snow as surfaces become dangerously slick, so individuals with the correct equipment can help safely clear driveways and patios in exchange for a fee. While snow ploughing follows a similar premise, it requires more specialised apparatus than shovelling. Moreover, ploughing is often required for commercial property and privately owned business and can be extremely profitable.
Most people visit family over the holiday period and whether they are separated by a small car journey or a long-haul flight, most homeowners like to ensure that their home, pets and possessions are secure. Individuals who are highly organised might gravitate towards house-sitting as routine is key to keeping plants watered, pets fed and rooms tidied.
Home Weather Proofing
On a similar note, harsh winters often come unexpectedly which is why some homeowners choose to winterise their domiciles by taking a number of precautions such as buying grit and salt, wrapping their pipes and adding weather strips to minimise draught. Entrepreneurs with the correct equipment and know-how are able to make a tidy profit depending on the quality of their work and the amount of clients they receive.
Deciding to start your own business can be a big step. And obviously, you’re going to need all the help and advice you can get. At Cottons, we’re here to help you get your business off to a great start and we’ll be there for you throughout the journey.