How To Start A Pet Related Business

Pet sitting for example, is a pet business opportunity that can be done as a home based business. Many people who live in both rural and city environments look every year for someone to care for pets when they are away on vacation or business trips. People who live in apartment complexes look for someone to walk their dog everyday.

Pet sitting can be started with a low investment. Getting your name and business known will be a large part of your expenses. Advertising in local publications is a good way to start and never under estimate the power of the web. More and more often people are turning to the Internet for local products and services. In some locations, you will have to be bonded, and it is a good idea to provide solid references and prior experience to your potential clients.

On a larger scale, pet stores are cropping up everywhere you look. Although you will have a much larger overhead with a pet business opportunity of this kind, you may find the benefits more rewarding. Having a stable location and a potentially bigger advertising budget will aid in the attraction of customers.

There are also many animal business opportunities that can be done online. Owning a virtual pet supply store for example, will cut back on your overhead if you are interested in opening a pet store without having to rent or buy a facility. Also, on the web, you can provide information regarding the different pets and different pet care that is required. This is a good way to enlist the trust of your clients.

An unusual pet business opportunity that has become quite common is the animal boutique. People all over the world have dressed up their pooches and kitties in outfits ranging from prom dresses to biker vests. Don’t forget the reptiles and rodents that sport fancy collars and harnesses. This would be a specialized example of a pet store that can be done in the general public or online as well!

Another prime example of a pet business opportunity that would translate easily from the public to the web would be the animal bakery. The public spends thousands of dollars every year on special treats and cookies for their beloved pets of all breeds. This would be a fun and satisfying endeavor for the chef or nutritionist too!

Pet grooming is another alternative pet business opportunity that is widely popular today. Depending on what type of establishment you plan to start will depend on the educational investment you need to make. If you just want to bathe animals, you will not need much education on the different breeds. However, if you are looking to provide a more comprehensive business to a wide variety of breeds, you will need more information and possibly some professional training.

Of course with any business, be it home based or out in the general public, you will need to research your legal requirements, such as taxes and licenses. Most cities and counties will have restrictions and applicable laws pertaining to pet businesses, so do your homework.

If you are looking for a career change and already have pet experience, then the market is primed for you to enter into a pet business opportunity of your own. Even the novice pet owner can walk a dog. Animals are a permanent part of our culture and existence. There will always be a need for those with pet experience – even if that experience does not include buying sunglasses for your iguana!

How To Start Your First Pet Business

Despite the rocky economy, there’s still one area people are more than willing to spend money on: pets. Last year, people in the U.S. spent more than $40 billion on pet products, including medical care, grooming, and boarding and sitting services, according to the American Pet Products Association. They further predicted that in the next few years, the amount we spend on our furry and feathered companions will increase by more than 5 percent, to almost $50 billion. If you are an enterprising individual with bit of extra time and a love for pets, particularly dogs, there are a number of ways to cash in on this booming business.

One of the best ways to get into the pet business is to start a pet sitting business. You can do this either in your home, or in the client’s, depending on what types of pets you are planning to care for. There are two major advantages to this type of entry-level business: it’s fairly flexible as far as scheduling goes, and almost every pet owner will at some point need your service. There are a few options available with this choice. If you live in a fairly rural area, or your property includes a large amount of land, you might think about offering to board pets at your home. If your residence is more of a suburban or urban type of setting, you might still be able to provide sitting service for some pets, possibly specializing in smaller animals like rodents or birds. A third idea would be to offer in-home sitting, where you would stay in the client’s home and care for their animals. As an additional feature, you could offer minimal security and maintenance tasks such as taking in the mail, turning lights on in various parts of the house, watering the plants, and other tasks that make it appear that people are at home.

If you love dogs, but can’t keep them for extended periods, a more feasible job might be to run a doggie day care, or even just offer doggie play dates in your home. There is an increasing demand for these services, as more and more pet owners are finding out that their pets suffer from separation anxiety the hard way, by coming home to a demolished house or severely nibbled couch, slippers, or other possessions.

Since we’re talking about sitting, maybe your talent lies in teaching dogs to sit, and stay, and be well-behaved, perfectly mannered companions instead of wild affectionate bouncy balls. If teaching and training come naturally to you, you’re in an excellent position, because many pet owners don’t have the time or the patience to train their dog, and obedience classes are none too inexpensive, either.

If your dog training skills are limited to basic commands, perhaps a dog walking service is the business for you. Most dogs require some level of exercise to maintain their basic health, and busy owners often just don’t have the time to do it themselves.

Maybe you’re the type who likes everything to be kept neat and clean. If you are, then perhaps a bathing and mini-grooming service would be more to you liking. As anyone who’s ever had to shampoo a dog knows, it’s neither a neat nor an easy task, even if the dog in question is fond of water. Many owners are more than happy to have someone else take care of that chore for them. You could operate a mobile-style service, where you go to each home and bathe the dogs, or, if you have the means, you could rent a small grooming salon area in the community. Another necessary, if somewhat unsavory chore for pet owners is cleaning up their pet’s waste. If you have a reasonably strong stomach, and don’t mind dealing with it, you could make a fair amount of income cleaning up and disposing of pet waste, either on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on the pet owner’s needs.

Finally, if you have an eye for fashion, and a slight degree of artistic ability, you can easily establish yourself in the pet fashion industry. More and more people are replacing their grown-up children with “fur kids”, pets that are treated like children. Everyone wants to have the best-dressed kid on the block, right? If you can sew or knit, you might consider offering handcrafted sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, or even taking special orders for such items. If your skills are limited to decorating, perhaps a line of dazzling designer collars, leashes, pet dishes, and other memorabilia would better suit you. Once again, the largest section of this market has gone to the dogs. However, collars, leashes, dishes, and other items for cats is also a possibility. If you’re all thumbs when it comes to creating something, you can always sell someone else’s designer goods, and charge a percentage of the sales as a convenience fee.