When it comes to opening a business at the beach you need to consider some very specific things including how you will deal with seasonal-only work. However, despite these challenges beach-side business can be very profitable, and a great investment. To that end, if you are considering opening a beachside business check out our top suggestions below.
Think back to the last time you were at the beach. Do you remember those shops that sold a mixture of souvenirs, inflatables, snacks and drinks? Well, those are gift shops and you can certainly make a lot of money by running one on the coast.
Gift shops are a good investment because people like to take home a memento of their trip when they visit the coast on vacation. They are also likely to be less strict about their budgets as they are there enjoying themselves. Lastly, many people bring their children and grandchildren to the beach, so there is plenty of potential to sell toys, inflatables, and treats to them.
One of the best options for a business by the beach is to offer fishing tours. This is where you hire out your boat, and yourself as a guide to the tourists, taking them to the best spots to fish in your local area.
To run successful fishing tours you will need to have the right equipment such as rods and tackle and you will need a safe boat in good condition. You will also need to find some secure boat storage in which to keep your boat during the off-season. This is because you won’t be allowed to moor it on the beach without permission, and even if you do you’ll risk it incurring expensive damage in the poor off-season winter weather.
Another option for those with a boat is to offer dinner or sunset cruises. These provide an added experience for people visiting the area, helping them make extra special memories. The most successful dinner cruisers will combine good food with great views, and even a chance for some drinking and dancing once dinner is over.
Also on the theme of serving food, running a restaurant in a beachside location can be a wonderful way of making some good money too. The good news here is that there are many different types of establishments to choose from. For example, you may want to offer takeaway or sit-down fish and chips or upmarket seafood like Oysters, which are always popular at the coast. However, it’s also totally possible to make a good profit from other types of food such as Italian, Mexican, and Chinese, as long as you are in a place where people come to stay and visit more than just a single night.
If there is one thing that people love to do at the coast, it’s to sip a chilled drink when the weather is hot. That means our last suggestion for a beach-side business has to be a bar.
Of course, you’ll need to get your drink offerings right to run a successful beach bar, but also make sure to think about the theme of your bar, the decor, and the music you play.