If you love to be surrounded by cats and dogs, fish, or any other popular animals for that matter; don’t you think that it’s high time that you create some profit out of your love for pets? There are a number of pet-based businesses that you can be engaged in while in the comfort of your own home.
Indeed, you will finally be able to realize your dream of becoming the owner and boss of your own business by considering any of these great and profitable ideas that are perfect for pet lovers. There will be no moment that you will get tired of running such a business. You will even have a great time since you just love to work with animals.
Here are some profitable pet care businesses you can put up:
1. Doggy Day Care
One of the most popular home businesses that you or any other pet lover will want to own is a doggie daycare. In this type of business, you take care of the pet dog of your client as he goes to work during the day. It can be a 24/7 business in case you decide that you want to provide care for animals during nighttime when the owner is out on a date or attending an evening meeting.
If you’re starting small, you will be the owner, care provider, and groomer – your own all-around worker at first. Over time, you will have gained regular clients. By then, you will find yourself to be financially capable of hiring workers.
You want your day care to be the best service around, and so you want to provide total care and attention to pets of your clients. If a pet owner wants his dog to be walked during the day or has a request when it comes to his pet’s special diet, you might want to accede to such request but with additional fee.
Make sure that you have a space that is adequate to accommodate your dog-clients. It is imperative that you check with the zoning commission in your location to be familiar with specific rules and regulations that cover doggie day care business. For instance, you must follow specific state or local laws that specify the number of dogs that you can accommodate and care according to the available space that you have in your property.
Are pet day care businesses profitable?
If it’s a business that you will run in your own home or property, this may offer substantial profits since you won’t have to spend money leasing for a space for the business. Of course, you still have to think about purchasing the implements, tools, and pet food that you need to fully provide services and ensure the satisfaction of your client-pets and their owners.
Business will most probably be a success if your day care is located within an affluent community, where you are sure to establish a good number of rich clients who are willing to pay good bucks for the care of their beloved pets.
2. Dog Sitting
Similar to pet care but a more personal way of pet business is dog sitting. This is more of a job than a business especially if it’s a one-crew company; or in other words, you’re the only one who provides the service.
The job requires you to spend hours watching over animals, dogs and cats mostly – of other individuals while they are away for work. Pet sitting basically involves only a few hours of your time, unlike in the case of the day care service; which might involve providing care the whole day.
However, unlike in pet care business when you have a place to accommodate animals; when it comes to pet sitting, the arrangement is that you have to go to the place of your client. However, you might want to ask the pet owner to bring the dog to your place instead, which is a good idea, especially if you intend to look after more than one animal at the same time.
Dog sitting is one of the most common home-based jobs or businesses that you can perform at home. At the same time, it is very easy since you can maintain a flexible work schedule. If you are interested in providing pet care and sitting services, you can refer to Pet Sitters Intl, which is a group that can guide you in going through such a business opportunity.
Why dog and cat sitting as a business? Here are some of the most common reasons why:
1. If you love animals, this is a chance for you to be surrounded by amiable pets and get paid for it.
2. It doesn’t require a lot of money. The main investment that you need to pour into this business opportunity is your time and dedication. Try your best to provide superb sitting service to pets of neighbors and friends, and you are assured of a stable and growing clientele.
How much do you expect to be paid as a pet sitter?
It depends on your agreement with your clients; although the standard pet sitting rates going these days are from US$10 to US$15 for a 30 minute visit. Imagine if you can work for even just a few hours a day. Three to four hours of work can fetch you almost US$100, more or less. Not bad, isn’t it?
Simply put, whether you engage in a full-blown pet day care business, or want a part time endeavor of dog sitting, these are ideal choices for profitable opportunities that you will love to do – because you adore pets, love being with them, and more than willing to pour much of your time to caring for them. These pet-based businesses are perfect for you since you have your heart focused in providing care for pets.
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