Hot Summer Franchises

franchise businesses perfect for summerSummer’s just around the corner, and that means a spike in temperatures and a spike in sales for the season’s hottest franchises. Some franchises, like swimming pool companies, run on a purely seasonal basis; others offer special attraction for the summer months, with a business model that generates revenue all year long.

Here’s a sneak peek at some franchise concepts that are hot in summer but won’t leave you hanging when the temperature drops.

Travel Franchises
There’s never a bad moment to get away from it all, but when the kids are out of school, it’s an ideal time to travel. And you can capitalize on the summer boom with a top travel franchise like CruiseOne or Cruise Planners – American Express Travel, both of which are in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 and fastest-growing franchises for 2013. Not only that, but these travel franchises can be run from home – so you can help people reach their ultimate summer destination from the comfort of your own air-conditioned abode.

Sweet Treat Franchises
Frozen desserts are always in season, but they’re especially in demand when the weather warms up. Traditional ice cream franchises like Dairy Queen and Stone Cold Creamery fit into this category, but the real up-and-comers are in the frozen yogurt niche. Perhaps it’s a result of a nation fighting obesity, but frozen yogurt franchises have witnessed remarkable growth in recent years. Consider the fact that Menchie’s, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Yogurtland, and Red Mango have all earned a spot in the coveted Entrepreneur Franchise 500 as well as the fastest-growing franchises for 2013. Frozen yogurt, this is your year!

Summer Camp Franchises
Kids need a way to stay busy during the dog days of summer, and enterprising parents are taking advantage of the non-school season to help their children develop skills beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. Enter Entrepreneur Franchise 500 companies like Bricks 4 Kidz, Drama Kids, and Little Gym that offer healthy and productive summer camps for kids. And one of the best parts of these kid-friendly franchises is that they’ve got something to offer year-round, including classes, parties, and all-season fun.

Landscaping Franchises
Lawns tend to get the most love in the summer, when they’re not covered by snow, but landscaping franchises provide all-season care too, including fertilization and weed and insect control. And if you help clients care for their property all year round, they’ll love you even more come summer, when their landscape will look especially lush. Franchises like Weed Man, Lawn Doctor, and The Grounds Guys are all Entrepreneur Franchise 500 companies that can be run from your own well-manicured home.

Tanning Franchises
It might sound oxymoronic to run a tanning franchise in the summer, when the sun is already shining bright. But for those who can’t get away from their desks – or those who prefer an even tan over a splotchy sunburn – tanning franchises offer an ideal solution. Palm Beach Tan and iTAN, both Entrepreneur Franchise 500 companies, enable franchise owners to prepare clients’ skin for the great outdoors and reduce their risk of overexposure. Because who wants to hit the beach with pasty skin and no base tan?

Take advantage of summer by exploring the season’s hottest franchise opportunities.