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Small Businesses to Launch in a Pandemic Spring and Summer

We may only be entering springtime, but it’s never too early to start thinking of potentially lucrative small businesses that you can launch during the warmer months. We are leaving a stressful winter, with COVID-19 numbers peaking and so many states experiencing some of the harshest cold the United States has experienced in a while. There’s reason to believe that there will be so much celebration and merrymaking to be had once summer approaches. Along with the warmer months will come plenty of opportunities for an additional stream of income.

While spring and summer may be a long way off, it can’t hurt to start thinking of potential business opportunities as early as now. Here are some small business ideas you can launch during the warmer months of the pandemic.

Food truck

Opening a food truck is a wonderful and safe way of providing customers with a safe but fun way to satisfy their cravings. Especially since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that customers don’t spend too much time in poorly ventilated enclosed spaces with little room for physical distancing, an open dining space like a food truck is a good and smart alternative.

If you have a knack for cooking comfort summer food like cheeseburgers, fries, and even pizza, consider investing in a food truck and parking in front of offices or neighborhoods. You can also do refreshing drinks like milkshakes and frappes. You’ll only need to invest in reliable equipment like a Scotsman ice machine and its parts, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen in your truck, and you’re good to go. Some patio furniture can also go well to provide your customers with a space to sit on while dining.

Small events’ planner

The COVID-19 crisis didn’t stop couples from getting married, people from celebrating their birthdays, and families from commemorating important milestones. Granted, the events were smaller in scale and were more “micro” in nature. Still, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that people will never forego celebrating important occasions, and rightly so.

If you are someone who’s naturally organized, loves meeting new people and helping them with their tasks, and knows what makes a space look stunning, being a small event planner might be your best bet for a small business this summer. Studies show that the most chosen season for last year’s micro weddings was fall, and spring and summer are obviously the best time for couples to plan their intimate autumn wedding. There’s nothing like helping clients plan their special days to provide us with fulfillment and joy during this difficult time in the world.

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Delivery or running errands

Another essential service that you can consider during the summer is a delivery or errand service, especially since many people would be far less inclined to leave their homes when it’s too hot outside. You would also provide a precious service to high-risk individuals, like the elderly, the disabled, and those who have certain medical conditions that make them susceptible to severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Your services can range from simple tasks like picking up food or groceries and doing their laundry to more complicated tasks like running bank errands or filing documents, but the latter might require building a certain level of trust first. Build a good reputation by starting with people from your community or immediate sphere of influence, like your neighbors. Once you’ve earned a reputation for being honest and reliable, you can help them with tasks that require a deeper level of trust between both parties.

Cleaning service

Another industry you can look into is a professional cleaning service. In 2015, it was projected that the cleaning service industry would grow at a rate of 6.6 percent every year until 2022. Given the nature of the disease we’re currently contending with, it would be no surprise if that projected growth rate was surpassed by the industry.

Cleaning and organizing are special skills in themselves, and enjoying these tasks is an even bigger gift since not everyone takes pleasure in these simple household chores. If you are one of those special people, why not capitalize on your skill by doing it for others for a fee? Not only would you be taking pleasure in your job, but you would also make people’s lives much easier, too.

There is no shortage of potential side hustles that you can explore even as we battle a pandemic during the warmer months. As long as you stay safe and practice health and safety measures, you’re bound to come up with a small business idea that can help earn you some extra cash this summer.

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