For all the pet-lovers out there, we’ve found the perfect new business opportunity for you! With the current state of the economy, making money doing something you love sounds too good to be true, but it doesn’t have to be. Consider combining your passion for animals with a few new skills as you start a pet services company. There are a number of pet-related services you can offer to start making money.
Animal Care & Training
If you are a pet owner or have experience around animals, you should consider starting a pet services company aimed at making money through hands-on services. Pet sitting is attractive to clients who travel often, or those with energetic young pets that need to be checked on during the day. Dog walking is another option, and is a great way to include your children in the business. Those with a more specialized skill set can offer animal training courses, and pet grooming. These are great ideas for making money because people tend to think of their pets as members of their families, so they want the best care for their beloved animals.
Arts & Crafts
For the more artistically inclined, there are pet services that will allow you to focus your creativity into making money. Pet photography is growing in popularity, especially if the photographer can also edit and frame the pictures to create the perfect home accessories. You can also make pet toys, pillows, and bedding. Keep in mind that you will need to use rugged materials with natural pigments that aren’t prone to shredding. If you have strong construction skills, you can also build dog houses, bird houses, and pet play structures for indoor or outdoor use.
A final option for making money with a pet services business is to get involved in the marketing and distribution of pet products. An online site that highlights pet solutions and can deliver pet food, toys, and other accessories with drop shipping services is always in high demand. By partnering with several manufacturers, you can provide customers with competitively priced items from the convenience of their own home computer.
Marketing is an important aspect to making money no matter what you are selling, and the pet service industry is no exception. Promoting your website at local pet stores and animal shelters is a good place to begin. You can also attend regional dog competition events, where you can reach a market of highly motivated animal-lovers. Your company will grow as you distribute pamphlets and advertise online, while news of your reliability and professionalism will spread via word of mouth.
Continue networking on a daily basis and establish yourself as an excellent provider of high-quality pet services. Spread the word through family and friends, and be sure to respond to customer feedback left in person or online. No matter what type of services you explore, your new adventure will have you making money in no time. Over 65% of families in the US have pets that need pampering, so don’t pass up this great opportunity for making money.
Buster was the name of our family dog while I was growing up. It was also the name of my Dad’s dog and his Dad’s dog before him. For those of us who share the love of all things animal, choosing pet services from groomers to walkers to boarders is a huge process. Let’s talk about some things that could break down this process and make it easier to decide what services our animals need to make them, and us, happy.
A pet walker is a good place to start. Guilt eats me up when I have to leave my dog for an eight or nine hour stretch of time while I am at work. There are days I race home on my lunch hour to let him out for a potty break. Then there is the constant concern that some favorite pair of shoes or leg of a table have been chewed up while I’ve left him alone. Why not choose a walker to come to your home and exercise your pet on a daily basis. You can find a walker that can come by once or twice daily. We know we feel better when we are active and exercising. Our pet is no different.
Next, a good grooming service will do much to improve your dog’s attitude. Wait a minute, maybe it’s my attitude that’s improved when I get a haircut and warm shave! Why not give your animal the same pampering. Haircuts, shampoos, and nail trimmings are all things that not only improve an animal’s looks but also their health. The last thing I want to be responsible for is getting my pet’s ears clean or making sure his teeth are being properly cared for. And, what about those fleas and ticks? Forget about it! Grooming services generally range from $25 to $50 and are, in my estimation, worth every penny. By the time I’ve tried to figure out which brushes, combs, clippers and shampoos to use, I would gladly pay a professional for these services.
What about boarders? The experts say to start boarding your animal at a very early age. This takes away the anxiety that is sure to develop if you wait until your dog is five years old and he is experiencing being away from home for the first time. This boarding issue is a toughie for me. There are kennels or daycare facilities that do overnight boarding. The question is, however, do I choose a kennel that has an individual cage for each pet or do I chose a facility that is cage free and allows the pets to roam. I sometimes feel that my dog needs his alone time just like I do at the end of the day and wonder if he wouldn’t appreciate his own space.
I know this will be a personal preference but be aware of the choices. Bottom line is I want people watching my dog who will give him the extra time and attention he needs. The space to run and his little pet pals are just bonuses. I would also check for any certifications the business has. The American Red Cross actually has a Pet First Aid Certification. I’m sure the ASPCA and the NAPPS have certifications as well. By the way, in case any of you were thinking to yourselves, “He has a dog now? I wonder what his name is?” Wonder no more. B-u-s-t-e-r, B-u-s-t-e-r, B-u-s-t-e-r, and Buster is his name. Was there ever a doubt?
This business can provide you with a good income. You can charge $10-to-$30 an hour for your pet services. You also have the option of offering your clients weekly or monthly rates. Offering these lengthier packages helps your clients save money, and allows you to secure future income. Different pet services you provide will vary in prices you charge; they are all worth your time. You can increase your prices for new clients as you gain more experience, and a longer client list. People gladly pay more for service providers that are in demand, and are experienced in their field of work.
You will benefit by offering both standard and creative pet services. You should offer standard dog walking, pet sitting, and pet feeding services, but don’t stop there. You can offer pet medication administering service. Obviously, you will need to get detailed instructions from the owner, or directly from the owner’s veterinarian. You can also offer to rollerblade with their dog, so that he can run full-bore for a while. Most pet owners are incapable of running their dogs at full speed, and know that there little buddies need it. A lot of pet owners cannot bend over to pick up their dogs droppings, their cats litter box, or cannot clean their pet’s cage; you can offer this cleaning to the services you provide. Offer basic obedience train for dogs as part of your service. You can train your canine clients on basic commands such as sit, stay, lay down. These are simple repetitive commands that most dogs will begin to obey once you have gained their trust and respect. Many owners who lack physical strength may want to hire you to properly leash train their dogs. There are a multitude of beneficial services that you can offer to your future clients to enhance your value and profit.
Increase your value to your customers by knowing their pet better than your competition does. Your reputation, your referral business, and your income will be enhanced as your knowledge grows. Pet owners are willing to pay more for expert pet service providers. Use the internet to learn about the individual needs, tendencies, pluses, and minuses of different breeds of dog and cats. Begin studying the primary breeds of dogs and cats, and then get to the more unique breeds. Next, you can begin studying the care needs of unique pets such as small mammals (hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.), birds, reptiles, and other pets. Show off your knowledge when you are conversing with your clients. They will be impressed, and will be quick to refer you to their friends. Pet owners are extremely interested in their pets, and they want to think that you are as well.
As a pet service provider, you set your work schedule and hours. Granted, you will earn more if you work more, but the choice is yours to make. You can easily work as a pet service provider, while keeping up with your personal responsibilities. Regardless if you are a student, a stay-at-home mom, starting this business part-time, or have nothing but time on your hands, your schedule is of your own choosing. It is a good idea to write out your work schedule a few weeks in advance, so that you can communicate your upcoming availability to your perspective clients. You should be realistic in your scheduling; don’t set a goal of earning maximum income, but working minimal hours.
As long as you love animals, you will have a lot of fun as a pet service provider. Don’t start this business if you don’t love animals. Animals are much smarter than most people give them credit for. If you don’t like being around an animal, then he probably doesn’t like being around you either. A person who does not like animals will have a tough time in the pet service provider industry. Animals have minimal options available to them to get away from a person that they don’t like; a person in this scenario would likely be bitten, clawed, or attacked a lot more often than someone who loves animals. Assuming you do love animals, you will have a lot of fun earning your income in this business. You get to help, meet, and work with a variety of animals while you are helping people who need you. It’s always good to know that someone is happy to see you, and animals are very upfront about showing how happy there are to see you. This is a fun and rewarding business to be in whether you are rollerblading with a dog, sitting and petting a purring cat, keeping a lonely animal company as its owners are away, or helping an owner with their dog’s behavior problems.
This is a very easy, and inexpensive, business to operate and advertise. There is very little overhead involved in operating a pet service business. As your business grows you may want to pick up a few items like dog harnesses, training collars, cat toys, or other items, but none of this is required. It is strongly recommended that you get business cards printed for your business. You can start advertising your business by talking to random people in public about your services, and handing out your business cards. You can begin advertising your services on Craigslist, your local newspaper classified, or eBay classified to start with. Building a website could be an incredibly good way to build your business, and increase your client list. Building a website is probably easier, and less expensive, than you might think it is. Look into buying a domain name, and subscribing to a web-hosting service; this will cost you about $10 for your domain name, and about $10 per month for the hosting. Most web hosting companies have CSR’s that will help you get your site operable.
As you’ve learned, pet service providing can be a very gratifying and rewarding business to get into. If you don’t love animals, find a different kind of business to start. But if you love animals you can make very good money in this business, and help pet owners in need of your help. You will be rewarded for taking the time to learn about different animal’s tendencies, habits, and care needs. So what are you waiting for? Getting started as a pet service provider is easy, and inexpensive to start and operate