How are you fixed for summer business ideas? Work must go on; there are bills to pay, but the great weather is sooo tempting. There are dozens of family activities filling the calendar – baseball games and soccer games, weddings, trips and vacations, and for the parents of high school upperclassmen, perhaps college visits as well. It’s easy to feel like you’re trying to cram a whole year’s worth of activity into a few short, wonderful, warm weeks. But sometimes in the back of your mind, there is that little nagging voice complaining that you should really be working, and not “wasting time” enjoying yourself.
Business can’t wait, but the summer and family won’t wait, either. Yet with a few creative summer business ideas, you can blend profitable work benefits into your summer fun times. Consider the following ideas, for a start:
- Be sociable. Introduce yourself to the other parents at your son’s or daughter’s baseball and soccer games. Find out about their interests and occupations. At very least you’ll expand your knowledge in new areas; more often than you might expect you may find a new contact for your business and work network.
- Take time to reflect. While relaxing on a warm, sunny beach, envision your business in the future. What does it look like? What new ideas do you have? Often the best ideas come when you least expect them. Daydream. Clear your mind and let inspiration strike!
- Let the kids help. Little ones can draw pictures for your office. Kids’ artwork is a great conversation-starter and can often open the door to stronger business relationships.
- Let the kids help, part 2: Put your teenager’s expertise to use – ask your teen to design templates for powerpoint presentations, or have your teen polish up your Linked-In profile. Someone under the age of twenty can probably handle social media or computer programs in a fraction of the time it would take you, and the results just may be far better!
- Bring summertime into your work time. Executive golf meetings and lunch meetings on patios might not fit your job or lifestyle. So expand on the ideas – invite a colleague for a brisk walk after lunch; enjoy the weather, refresh, and get to know someone better. Or coordinate a pot luck summer picnic and ask everyone to bring a favorite dish. You’ll enjoy the company, and the weather, and learn something new about your colleagues.
- Be good to yourself. A little rest and recreation, some time truly away from the office is good for the spirit, and good for business.
This list is only a start. What summer business ideas do you have? Share them and let’s all enjoy this wonderful season!