If you are looking to make a name for yourself starting this summer, you might want to consider a startup. When most people think of startups, they typically think of a technology company, such as KissMetrics or even Facebook. Yet the following summer startups have very little to do with technology, and yet they are incredibly viable. To top matters off, they don’t require that much capital to get your new business off the ground. If you have the time, energy and hard-core drive to get a business going this year, these startups are just the ventures to think about.
Startups Need People
Most startups start out as the brainchild of a single person. Think of Facebook being created in a college dorm room. Yet few startups actually become success stories with only one person at the helm. Even the best ideas will perform much better with several minds coming together. For this reason, and before you consider taking one of these summer startups and running with it, you might want to think about recruiting friends or other like-minded professionals who can help you succeed much faster.
That being said, even if you’re all on your own right now, take these summer startups and get to work.
Hot Dog Vendor
People at the beach are bound to get hungry and hot dogs sure are good at hitting the spot. That makes a hot dog vendor one of the best summer startups to get going this season. All you need is the cart, the actual dogs, buns, condiments, cups and drinks and you’ll be all set to make a mint.
Icees & Snow Cones
Instead of offering beachgoers hot treats, why not think colder. Icees are cheap to make and so are snow cones. All you need is the cups or paper cones to put the treats in and you’ll have one of the hottest (or coldest) summer startups to hit the beach (or park or anywhere else people might congregate in hot weather).
Spiked Frozen Treats
Instead of serving virgin Icees and snow cones, why not apply for a liquor license so that you can serve spiked frozen treats to beachgoers? You must be careful, as some beaches won’t allow alcohol to be served, even with a permit, but with enough searching and enough like-minded minds working together, you should be able to find one or more startups ideas to keep your venture going and successful.
Sunglasses & Swimwear
If you can manage to get sunglasses, swimwear, T-shirts or other clothing for cheap, you can open a kiosk on a busy boardwalk, beach or other public venue. A good idea is to get the merchandise wholesale from China, such as the kind you can find on Alibaba.com.
Improvement Classes & Courses
Many people decide to improve themselves over the summer season. They may want to lose weight, learn a new language, become proficient in a martial art or they may want to learn how to paint, write, sing or sew. If you have a viable skill that you think you can teach others, you might have one of the most lucrative summer startups on your hands.
Help Others Create Summer Startups
If you have all the ambition in the world, but you don’t feel like creating your own summer startups, why not help others get their own startup off the ground? You could become a startup coach or a business consultant whereby you help entrepreneurs like yourself set up their own hot dog stands, swimwear kiosks or martial arts studios. With imagination and that drive we keep referring to, the sky is the limit this summer.
The Ability to Scale
Now that you have several ideas for startups, get your friends and associates together and get to work. Of course, the primary goal of a startup is always to scale up, up and away. For this to happen, you should start planning now. A hot dog vendor can scale up by getting others to push around vending carts with the same business name and logo stamped on the side. You can also do the same with Icees, snow cones and even spiked frozen treats. Really, any of the above ideas will scale with the proper planning; but you should get started right now. Summer is almost here and that means that your window for creating the ultimate startup is slowly closing. Put your entrepreneurial ambitions to the test and show everyone what you’re made of. This is the summer of startups and yours is about to take the world by storm.