Beat the Chill With These Top Winter-Friendly Business Opportunities From outdoor gear to indoor ski facilities, snow and ice control to chimney sweeping services, discover how these winter-focused franchises offer stability in all seasons.

By Clarissa Buch Zilberman

Key Takeaways

  • Franchises tailored for winter activities not only capitalize on seasonal demands but can also provide opportunities to cater to year-round needs.
  • This diversification helps franchisees maximize their income potential and provides a buffer against market fluctuations.
  • Franchise support is crucial for navigating both the seasonal peak of winter and maintaining steady business throughout the year.
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It's cold outside. Maybe there is snow on the ground, or decorations on homes and buildings. It's winter, after all. And while most people may be thinking of their vacation, sitting by a fire sipping cocoa or scraping the ice off their cars, others are thinking of starting a franchise.

While certain franchises are exclusively tied to winter, such as holiday-themed stores or outdoor sports outlets, we're highlighting five franchise opportunities uniquely positioned to thrive during the winter months and beyond.

These franchises offer a diverse range of services and products that cater to year-round needs, ensuring a steady stream of customers and revenue beyond just the winter season. And as a franchisee, this versatility can help minimize the impact of seasonal fluctuations, providing a more stable and sustainable business venture.

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Barebones Workwear

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors in the winter? Barebones WorkWear strives to prepare its customers to take their outdoor job or adventure to the next level with high-quality clothing and gear.

As a growing brand in northern California, BareBones has been in the franchising world for the last decade. Their commitment to quality ensures that customers are equipped with durable, weather-resistant apparel tailored for rugged environments in all seasons.

Franchisees not only tap into a thriving market for durable outdoor gear but also benefit from comprehensive support systems, including training, marketing assistance, and a proven business model, paving the way for success in today's lucrative outdoor industry.


Enjoy the winter season all year long with a Shredder franchise. Shredder is the first franchisable indoor ski and snowboard facility. So no matter the weather, winter-sport enthusiasts can gear up and shred.

Shredder offers multiple revenue streams, such as lessons and classes, open ski hours, parties, rentals and retail, so franchisees have several opportunities to diversify their income. With the franchisor's support, you can work toward proper site selection, training and inventory, bringing winter cheer to all climates.

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Clintar Commercial Outdoor Services

Clintar Commerical Outdoor Services is a Canada-based grounds maintenance company that has been operating for 50 years. Their services include landscape installation and maintenance, road maintenance, irrigation and snow and ice control.

In the winter months, customers especially look to Clintar for their snow and ice removal services. Not in Canada? Clintar is expanding their franchises into the United States and are looking for passionate franchisees to train and deliver quality services in the winter and beyond.

Midtown Chimney Sweeps

Millions of households in the United States have at least one fireplace. And given that fireplace usage ramps up during the winter months, it is important to maintain and clean them regularly. This is where Midtown Chimney Sweeps comes in. They offer chimney sweeping services for residential and commercial unites. They also provide installation and repair services to accommodate winter fireplace needs.

To set their franchisees up for success, Midtown Chimney Sweeps offers protected territories, SEO marketing, access to a scheduling center and guided support with the business model and day-to-day operations.

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One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

Imagine sitting at home in the winter with a broken heating system. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is just a call away to provide HVAC services around the clock. Starting a One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning franchise means you join a nationally trusted brand with ongoing support and low startup costs.

Whether it is to keep your customers warm in the winter or cool in the summer, franchisees can look forward to a wide customer base year-round.

Clarissa Buch Zilberman

Entrepreneur Staff

Freelance Writer, Editor & Content Marketing Consultant

Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Specializing in lifestyle, business, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine,, Travel + Leisure, and Bon Appétit, among other print and digital titles. Through her content marketing consultancy, By Clarissa, she leverages her extensive editorial background and unique industry insights to support enterprise organizations and global creative agencies with their B2B, B2C, and B2E content initiatives. 

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