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Winter Is Coming: 5 Business Ideas to Get You Through the Season

Winter Is Coming: 5 Business Ideas to Get You Through the Season
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As winter fast approaches, there are plenty of seasonal businesses that are gearing up for the year's end. Some specialize in snow removal, while others create powder for the warmer slopes; other businesses will help you store your summer garments or decorate your home for the holidays. These five winter businesses will help you get into the holiday spirit, weather the coming snowstorms, and maybe even inspire you to start a business of your own.

For snowbirds and the environmentally conscious alike, winterizing homes during the colder months is always in high demand. When people leave their homes for winter, it's important they prepare their plumbing systems for the cold: turning off the utilities, draining pipes and introducing anti-freeze to the system. This ensures that pipes won't freeze or burst and that homeowners will avoid astronomical energy costs during their time away. Of course, winterizing a home means there's always a need to de-winterize too. This is an invaluable service, especially in areas where many people flock to greener pastures after the first frost.

When winter's on its way, many people try to save space by storing their summer clothes, decorations and other items they don't need in the cold weather. But if you live in an apartment or home that doesn't have a lot of storage space, organizing for the season can get a little tricky. You can use a storage facility if you don't have the space in your home, but what if you don't have a car to travel back and forth, or the time to go to a storage unit every time you need something? Some businesses could take the hassle out of storing those warmer weather items. Services that pack, move, and store items -- and return specific goods on demand -- are highly sought after during the winter months, especially in densely populated cities.

Whether you love winter or hate it, everyone can agree that dealing with a snow-covered driveway is a huge hassle. Shoveling and plowing is difficult, and if you're elderly or disabled, it's even harder to deal with these tasks. If you find yourself dealing with a snowed-in car, a snow removal service can help. Starting a snow removal service isn't hard; in fact, many children walk door to door as an informal snow removal service. But as adults, we're well positioned to take advantage of the demand for a top notch snow removal service. Consider creating a smartphone application to help dispatch workers to the work site, making the customers experience simple, efficient, and effortless!

'Tis the season to decorate your home for the holidays, but if you're too busy or otherwise unable to hang lights or even decorate a tree, it could leave you feeling less than festive. A decorating service can help you get into the holiday spirit by decorating your home for you. And who says decorating services have to be confined just to winter? While the holidays are in full swing at the year's end, why not offer decorating services year round? Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, and Independence Day are all opportunities to stretch your decorating business beyond the throes of the winter holiday season!

If you live somewhere that's not exactly known for snowy winters, a snow creation service can help you create your own winter wonderland. These companies specialize in making realistic fake snow, as well as real snow that lasts for a longer period of time and can even be used for snowball fights in the middle of summer! Snow creation services can be used for everything from film sets and corporate events to winter-themed weddings and children's parties. Take decorating to the next level, or just throw a fabulous winter wonderland party. In those warmer climates, everybody would be excited to see a little bit of snow for the holidays!

Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan (Helmrich).

Adam C. Uzialko

Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and Business.com, Adam freelances for a variety of outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.