Are you the sort of person who’d love to be your own boss? Do you love animals and like the idea of working with them every day? Then it’s time to bring these two loves together and consider starting a pet business.
The last few years have proved exceptionally productive for the pet industry, as rates of pet ownership in the United States have reached an all-time high. What’s more, today’s pet owners are much more willing to spend on only the best products and services for their furry friends.
These are ideal business conditions for pet-loving entrepreneurs-to-be, especially because industry experts say that we can expect the pet industry to stay lucrative for years to come.
If the thought of starting a pet business appeals to you but you don’t quite know what you’d like to do or where to start, this handy list of ideas can help you out:
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Pet Care Supplies Store
All kinds of pets will need gear and supplies for everyday life, such as leashes, collars, food containers, toys, and more. Pet owners also appreciate the convenience of getting everything they need from the same place.
While the pet supplies sector is currently dominated by chain stores, there’s definitely still room to start your own independent company. You could order custom made or wholesale pet merchandise for your store and establish yourself as a one-stop shop for pet owners in your neighborhood.
If you’d like to run a pet supplies store, an excellent way to distinguish yourself from the competition is to provide a few additional pet-related services at your establishments, such as grooming and baths.
You could make a lot of money operating a “dog spa” with all sorts of pet products for sale on the side.
Pet sitting is a highly promising option for aspiring pet entrepreneurs because there’s always going to be a need for it. No matter where you live, you can be sure that pet owners in your area will need someone trustworthy to look after their pets in their absence at some point.
Retirees, in particular, are likely to travel frequently, so if you’re located in a place with lots of senior pet owners around, then you may already have a worthwhile client pool on your hands.
Another plus for pet sitting is that it’s a highly flexible business idea. If you have the space and capital, for instance, you can set up your pet-sitting service as a kennel operation where clients bring their pets to you.
You could also go the more common route of visiting people’s homes and attending to their pets’ needs while they’re away. You might even get more clients if you combine this service with a more generalized house-sitting service.
Pet Food Store
Pet owners today are just as conscious of their pets’ health as they are of their own, and that concern absolutely affects the kinds of pet food they buy. Demand is currently high for pet foods that afford additional health benefits.
Pet foods made from organic or raw materials and without fillers, preservatives, and other harmful additives are also increasingly popular.
You can run a pet business in one of two ways: either by serving as a distributor for a particular kind of pre-made food or by producing your own pet food. You might set yourself up, for example, as a purveyor of hard-to-obtain gourmet or raw pet food in your area.
Selling homemade pet-friendly baked goods and other treats might also be profitable if you manage to hit a sweet spot with potential customers.
Dog Bathing And Grooming
For many pet owners, bathing and grooming are two tasks that they’d rather hand off to other people if possible. Because of this, pet grooming and bathing services tend to be highly popular, and these services usually do well even in the presence of stiff competition.
Depending on your available resources, your business can provide only one of these two services or offer them both.
Grooming and bathing services are also highly flexible business concepts, which makes them even more popular among would-be entrepreneurs.
You can either run a mobile service and take house calls or run your grooming operation out of a brick-and-mortar establishment.
Some pet bathers also operate as do-it-yourself services, with business owners only providing clients with the necessary facilities and equipment and letting them do the rest.
Some pet owners are too busy to personally give their pooches the regular exercise they need for good health. If you manage your time and contacts well, you can help a lot of these preoccupied pet parents at once.
For a successful dog-walking enterprise, you’ll want to make sure you have a lot of regular clients in close proximity to each other. This will let you take multiple dogs out at once instead of walking them one at a time.
The thriving state of the pet industry at present means that it’s just full of lucrative niches waiting for enthusiastic, savvy entrepreneurs to come and fill them.
Choose a business concept that speaks to your heart, and you’re likely to find a way of earning income that also makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
Charmaine Miller is a lifelong pet lover and animal rights advocate. She works as a pet sitter and dog walker by day and volunteers at a local animal shelter by night. In her spare time, she loves to bake, write, and sing her favorite Beyonce songs.
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