8 Outdoor or Seasonal Home Based Business Ideas

Home business opportunities abound for the outdoor enthusiast

Do you enjoy being outside in the sun and fresh air? Do you prefer physical work as opposed to sitting in a chair all day? Or maybe you're a teacher looking for additional summer income while school is out. If so, an outdoor business might be right for you. 

Below are several outdoor business ideas that can be started part time and often can be flexible to work around your schedule. 

Lawn Care Home Based Business

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A lawn care home business has a lot going for it including, repeat business, opportunities to increase revenue with upselling items and the ability to scale as the business grows.  

To start this type of business from scratch, it could range from $500 (cost of a lawn mower, trimmer, and leaf blower) for a one-person shop, up to $100k+ for an existing business purchase.  Business owners can earn anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 in their first year of business. 

Gardening Home Based Business

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A gardener performs many tasks to keep their customers' homes and yards looking beautiful. This may include lawn care (see above), but also generally includes other yard maintenance such as pruning of trees and flowers. Monthly maintenance schedules with clients keep the bookkeeping relatively simple in a home-based gardening business.

Payscale reports the median pay is $14.91 per hour, but as a home business owner, you'll be able to charge more than that.  

Pool Cleaning Services

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If you live in an area with lots of pools, pool cleaning can be an ideal home business. You can offer residential or commercial (i.e. hotels and gyms) pool cleaning. The work involves removal of debris, checking chemical levels of the water, and maintaining filters and pumps. Work can be steady during the swimming season with weekly visits to clients. There can be increased work at the opening and closings of seasons, and after big storms.

Professional pool cleaners earn $50 to $60 per hour for basic maintenance, and up to $200 if equipment repair and maintenance is done, according to Spring Board Pool Route Brokers,

Pest Control Home Based Business

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A pest control services home based business has the potential to provide a healthy income: Many independent exterminators can far surpass the median hourly rate of $13.41 for franchise employees, making this one of those home based business ideas that warrants attention. Pest control services profits can exceed $75,000 a year.

However, working conditions are not for the squeamish. Along with working to get rid of bugs and rodents, the chemicals used in pest control can be irritating and toxic. 

Window Cleaning Home Based Business

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There is no formal training or even on-the-job experience necessary for window cleaning and startup costs for a window cleaning home business can be as low as $250 for a one-person crew. Pay depends on whether or not you stick with residential window cleaning or offer commercial cleaning which will likely offer greater pay and a steadier stream of income. According to Payscale, the median pay for window cleaning is $14.90 per hour, with a yearly income of $21,351 to $50,301 per year.

Deck Maintenance Home Based Business

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Many deck builders leave the servicing of decks to others. That's a lifetime of washing, sealing and restoring for a savvy entrepreneur to capitalize on.

According to Home Advisor, the average cost to stain a deck is  $540 and $1,050, with additional costs if power washing, sanding or other tasks are involved. That's for DIY, so as a professional, you should be able to charge more for your time and effort. 

Gutter Cleaning Home Based Business

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Some gutter cleaning services may charge a flat per-house fee, others charge by the cumulative length of the gutters and downspouts. For a challenging job, the per-house fee may be as high as $150.

There is flexibility, as gutter cleaning can easily be combined with another basic home-maintenance service, such as window washing, gardening or snow removal. Just beware, gutter cleaning is a potentially hazardous job.

Roof Repair Home Based Business

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Only those who already have this type of experience should attempt this line of work. Revenue from a roof repair home-based business can accumulate quickly, with fees running between $95 and $350 to repair a 10-foot square of cement shingles and between $135 and $1,000 for wood shingles. But with this high return comes risk, roofing is often ranked as one of the 10 riskiest professions.

Chimney Sweep Home Based Business

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There are just 5,000 sweeps or so in the profession, according to the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and millions of chimneys are waiting to be inspected and cleaned.

Many fire departments recommend a cleaning by a chimney sweep once a year. That means repeat business to make this largely seasonal work more consistent. The median income for chimney sweeps is around $21 an hour. Payscale reports the average yearly income for chimney sweep services is $48,000.