From ice-cream stands and landscapers to ski shops and hotels, many small businesses are seasonal -- meaning they rake in cash just a few months of the year.

But with this seasonality comes great risk: What if the weather during the peak season turns adverse, or a sharp surge in gasoline prices keeps customers at home? There's no opportunity to make up that business later in the year.

There are ways seasonal businesses can avert some of the risks of relying on one or two seasons for profitability. Here are some ways to make it work.

Perhaps most daunting to seasonal business owners is cash management and control of spending, since the bulk of revenue -- sometimes all of it -- flows in during just a few months of the year.

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