In light of such bleak predictions, there’s still good news to be had for seasonal small businesses. Here are five of the industries that can expect to experience an increase in sales this winter:
- Auto repair. With snow, ice and freezing rain comes slick road conditions and an increase in fender benders. While it’s bad news for drivers, small businesses who fix the damage to cars will do well this winter. Similarly, tow trucks that take broken cars to the shop will also see an increase in demand.
- Snow removal services. Seeing snow cover your driveway is thrilling when you’re in grade school, but for adults who spend hours shoveling, it can be a painful experience. Home owners and even business owners will call on plowing companies to clear paths for them so they don’t have to lift a finger.
- Gyms. Exercising outside when it’s 15 degrees can be extremely uncomfortable and less than motivational. Those committed to staying fit during the winter will flock to gyms, where they can meet their exercise goals without risking frostbite.
- Coffee shops. A hot drink on a cold day can warm the heart and soul. As the weather gets chillier, coffee and tea shops would be wise to stock up on mugs and seating to accommodate those wanting to get warm. Free wi-fi will also be a big draw for households that experience power outages due to the bad weather.
- Sporting goods stores. Whether it’s a child’s snow suit or a skier’s heavy-duty coat, stores that sell outerwear and winter sports equipment will prosper as people prepare to spend time in cold temperatures.