Top 10 Summer Business Ideas for Students That Are Great for All Seasons

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser

This is also true for students like you! You do not need to work for someone to give them all your time. You can start your own business anytime you are ready. The goal of starting your own business is earning money. You will achieve the satisfaction of being your own boss and building the company of your dreams. You will gain experience to enrich your life in the future.

If you do not know which business to start, we got you covered! We have compiled a list of summer business ideas for you. Although these are student business ideas for summer, this can work in any season of the year. So, without further ado, let us have a look at each business idea below.

1. Lawn Care Services

Lawn care services can be anything from cleaning gardens to improving grass to make it greener. This is a great summer business idea, but you can do this in any season, except winter. You can start providing these services to your neighbours to gain customers. 

For the winter season, offer a snow removal service, so you get a year-round business. This is perfect nowadays when you are only attending online classes and in an area where there are minimal COVID-19-related restrictions. 

2. Local Tour Guiding

If you live in an area where tourism starts to operate and with tourist attractions, this is a great business opportunity! You can show tourists your local area’s scenic, cultural, and historical attractions. Hiking and ecotours are also becoming popular, so tourists would love for you to show them these. 

Make sure you have great communication skills, and you are an outgoing person. This helps you get more clients, which means more income! Studying your local tourist attractions’ geology, history, and even biology or botany for ecotours is a great advantage.

3. House or Pet Sitting

For areas where lockdowns are lifted and the economy is starting to move again, people are also beginning to go for travels. This makes them look for people to hire to take care of their homes and pets while they travel. What this means for you is a wonderful business opportunity. 

You will need to build trust from your customers first to start this business. So, begin offering this service to your neighbours who know you. They will help you advertise your service to their family and friends outside your area. 

4. House Call Technical Services

If you are tech savvy, becoming a house call technician in your area is a great business opportunity you can try. A lot of people are not tech savvy. You can come in handy if you provide services related to troubleshooting computers and other gadget problems. Expect to fix mostly computers and smartphones as these are what many people use.

5. Junk Pickup Services

A lot of people have junk at home they like to dispose of, and they need services to pick this up. So, why not take this opportunity to create your business? You must secure a truck to carry people’s electronic junk, construction project debris, or old furniture. You need people to work with you as there will be many heavy things to lift and carry around.

6. Instructing

If you are an expert at a particular field, whether sports, yoga, or dance, you can use that to earn income. You can even get more customers easily if you have some sort of certification. Post your profile on services like Instagram, so people will learn more about you and take up your offer.

7. Exterior House Cleaning

This type of service includes gutter cleaning, window washing, and power washing exteriors. If you are trained to do this, you can make money from it! Offer your neighbours any of these services to start building your customer base. Window washing and gutter cleaning need maintenance, so you can make sure a steady flow of income.

8. Painting Residential Homes

If you are an experienced painter for houses, you can start creating a business for it. You can also include painting fences to expand your services. Once you build your customer base, you can hire other people who are also trained to paint houses. 

9. Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is always a need for any type of business. If you are getting a degree in accountancy or business, you can start earning money today! Start with working for small businesses in your area, so you gain experience. 

10. Sports Equipment Rental

If you are into sports, building a sports equipment rental can be a good start to earn money. Scooters, bikes, skateboards, or roller blades are some of the common sports equipment you can offer rental services. Make sure to do your own research on which types of sports equipment are in demand in your area.


Now is the best time to start your own business! From our list of summer business ideas, you can narrow down your options on which are the most profitable. Begin offering services to your neighbours as they are a market near you. Once you have established your business, you can begin expanding to other areas. So, choose from any of the student businesses above and start earning income while studying!   

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