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Consider Starting an Animal Behavior Consulting Business

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Animal Behavior Consulting Business Business Overview:

If you’re an animal behaviorist ready apply your knowledge and training to help pets and pet owners, it’s time to start an animal behavior consulting business. An animal behavior consultant works with pets and their owners to correct behavior issues that can include aggression, destructive behavior, biting, inappropriate elimination and many other issues. Often, a pet owner will first take his or her pet to the veterinarian to discuss behavior problems. If the pet is otherwise healthy, a pet owner will be referred to an animal behavior consultant who will have the owner fill out a detailed questionnaire and visit the animal in its home. The consultant will then diagnose the problem and formulate a plan for treatment. Treatment can include positive reinforcement, behavior modification techniques and training for the pet owner on how to interact with the pet. Business ideas like this one will be more successful if the business owner is properly certified and trained. If you already have an animal behavior certification, you can start your business right away. If not, there are several routes to take to become certified. The top credential for this field is the board certification in veterinary behavior which is obtained through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and requires a veterinary degree plus two years of coursework. There are just a handful of people with this certification in the US but if you’re a veterinarian looking to branch out and add behavior specialist to your credentials, this is something to consider. However, if you’re not a DVM but are looking for a way to enter this business, you can become a certified animal behavior consultant by simply demonstrating hands-on behavior consulting and having experience consulting with owners as well as pets. Four specialties are available with this certification: dog, cat, horse and parrot. This certification route is perfect for a dog trainer looking to move into behavior consulting. When you start your consulting business, marketing will really be only expense. You will be traveling to pet owners’ homes to evaluate their individual situations so you don’t need an office and you don’t have any overhead. Consider printing up business cards and flyers and putting your marketing materials in animal adoption agencies (like the ASPCA) and local pet supply stores. Also contact local veterinarians and ask to be placed on their referral list for animal behavior consultants. This is a part-time business that can easily be scaled up to a full-time business with excellent marketing and positive results. You may soon need to recruit other animal behavior consultants to work for you to keep up with the demand for the services your business offers.

A Day in the Life of an Animal Behavior Consulting Business Owner:

Your day will begin with a check of your appointments. You will visit pets and their owners in their homes and observe their behavior. You will take your notes back to your home office and formulate a treatment plan to correct inappropriate behavior. You will set follow-up appointments with your clients to review their treatment plans and to observe behavior after the treatment plan has been put into action. You will spend some time marketing your business around town by placing flyers in various pet places and contacting local vets.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be pet owners in need of behavior consulting for their animals.

What You Need to Start:

  • Animal behavior consultant certification (or you can hire a certified consultant)
  • Marketing materials
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • The start-up investment for this business is minimal.
  • Pet owners will always need help getting their animals to behave.
  • You can charge top dollar for excellent consulting services.
  • It’s rewarding to watch your skills result in a happy relationship between pets and owners.
  • You can easily run this business part-time.

The Bad:

  • It will be difficult to have a successful business if you (or your staff) are not certified as an animal behavior consultant.
  • Some animals and their owners will be more difficult to work with and you must properly set expectations for the success of your behavior modification techniques.

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What You Should Know About Starting a Horse Boarding Business

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Starting a Horse Boarding Business Business Overview:

For a horse lover, starting a horse boarding business is a great way to be around the gentle giants you enjoy while enjoying the freedom of being your own boss. If you own one or more horses, owning a stable is a good way to offset your own expenses. If you are not a horse owner but are interested in offering a comfortable and caring place for other horse owners to board their animals, you can certainly do that as long as you know the basics about handling and caring for horses. When you start a horse boarding business, you need to decide what types of services you will offer. This is a large investment with many options so it’s important do draw up a business plan before you get too far. Feeding the horses and keeping their stalls clean are the basics. In fact, you could easily operate this business part time if you choose to limit your services. If you feed the horses and clean their stalls in the morning, you can turn them out all day while you go to work, then feed them and put them away when you get home. Of course, if you want to expand your business, you could offer additional services that include daily grooming, training, de-worming and hoof care. Once you know how your business will operate you need to buy or build your facility. The size of your facility will depend on how many horses you plan to have at a time. Be sure to find out what types of permits you will need in order to keep animals and check with your insurance company to adjust your policy. You need to be covered in the amount of the most expensive horse that you board and any liabilities that may come along with that. Consider the climate in which you live when deciding on indoor/outdoor stables and arenas. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you might need to have an indoor arena – and you can charge more to board at this type of facility. If your winters are mild, an outdoor arena and access to trails should be fine. Just like operating a dog kennel, you must have a good relationship with a local veterinarian who you can call at the first sign of illness. Owners trust you with their horses—which are pricey investment—so it’s crucial that you care for them properly. Aside from all the standard services, you can also hire trainers and offer lessons to increase your profits. You could also choose to specialize in niche horse “markets” like brooding mares and foals, stallions or geriatrics. Putting this business idea into practice takes a large investment so it’s important you have everything well planned out beforehand. Once you open and word gets around the horse community, chances are your skill and customer service will help your stables fill quickly.

A Day in the Life of a Horse Boarding Business Owner:

Your day will begin early as you and/or your staff need to check on the horses first thing in the morning. Throughout the day you and your staff will clean stables, feed and clean the horses and attend to other services (if you offer them) like turn-out, hoof care, etc. At the end of the day, you will need to make sure all the horses are back in their stalls for the night. You’ll also touch base with the owners of the horses at the first sign of any illness or problem.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be horse owners who need a place to keep their horses.

What You Need to Start:

  • Horse boarding business plan
  • Horse care expertise and/or skilled staff
  • Boarding facility (barn with stables, arena(s), etc.)
  • Food (hay, grain, etc.)
  • Troughs for water
  • Lead ropes, bridles, saddles, etc.
  • Shovels
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • For a horse lover, being around the animals you love all day makes for an enjoyable business.
  • You can charge top dollar for excellent boarding facilities and services.
  • If you’re not a horse expert, you can hire an experienced staff.
  • It’s rewarding to watch horses playing and enjoying their environment.
  • You can run this business part-time.

The Bad:

  • Start-up costs are high.
  • The work can be physically challenging if you don’t hire someone to do that portion of this business.

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Start a Pet Show Business

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Start a Pet Show Business Business Overview:

If you have excellent organization skills, enjoy working with people and their pets and are looking for a fun business, learn how to start a pet show business. Nearly everyone is familiar with the Westminster Dog Show but not every dog show has to be so huge and not every pet show has to only include dogs. A pet show business is a great way for pet owners to show off their furry friends and earn prize money for being best in show. Similar to your standard beauty pageant, as the organizer of a pet show, you would be paid an entry fee by each contestant (or their owner). A portion of that money would be paid to the winner(s) of the contest. You can also make money by getting event sponsors and letting vendors set up at the show. Makers of dog biscuits and cat toys will jump at the chance to show and sell their wares to a captive audience. A background in event planning will help you get this business idea off the ground but it’s not required. You can hire a staff to help you select and set up the venue, coordinate the contestants and hand out awards at the end. When you think about how to market your pet show business, consider posting fliers at local pet shops and veterinarians’ offices. Set up a website where potential contestants (customers) can get more information including the date, time and place of your next show as well as a show calendar and list of entry fees. Contact local news media to cover your events. Have them plug your website and you’ll see that this free advertising will go a long way in getting contestants for your next show. You’ll find that this part-time business is highly rewarding and and you’ll see repeat customers enter their pets again and again hoping to get that elusive best in show ribbon.

A Day in the Life of a Pet Show Business Owner:

On the day of a show, you will arrive at the venue and you and your staff will set up and decorate. You will work with vendors to get them set up and ready to sell to the contestants. You or your staff will collect entry fees and keep track of contestants, telling their owners where to be and when. You will organize the show and distribute awards at the end. Then you and your staff will tear down and clean up. On days you don’t have a show scheduled, you will spend time marketing your next show and updating your website.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be pet owners looking to enter their pet in your show.

What You Need to Start:

  • Excellent organization and event planning skills
  • Marketing materials
  • Staff
  • Vendors
  • Sponsors
  • Prizes
  • Website
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • This is a fun business.
  • The start-up investment is low.
  • You can easily run this business part-time.
  • You get to work with adorable pets and interesting owners.
  • Many of your customers will be repeat entries.

The Bad:

  • Some pets and their owners can be difficult to work with.
  • It can be stressful getting an event set up.

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The Thrill of Running Your Own Dog Tracking Business

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Running Your Own Dog Tracking Business Business Overview:

If you and your dog are looking for a way to learn new skills and start a new business, you should look into running your own dog tracking business. Dog tracking, also called scent tracking, is when a dog uses its keen sense of smell to track down a missing person. Humans have used dogs to track people for hundreds of years due to the special skills dogs have in distinguishing scent. Humans continuously give off tiny particles that have scent whether they are dead or alive. These microscopic scent particles travel through the air for great distances and can be picked up by dogs and followed. It’s a skill that can be taught to virtually any breed of dog; however, there are several breeds of hounds (bloodhounds being the most popular) that are particularly well suited for this activity. Scent tracking is used in a variety of circumstances and dogs’ training can be specialized to focus on one or more of these areas. These specialties include air scent (follows scent in the air), trailing (follows hair or skin tissue), tracking (follows the path of the person), disaster (finds missing people after earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.), cadaver (specializes in the scent of a dead human), water search (reacts to the gasses released by a human in or under water), and avalanche (detects human scent under snow). If you do not already have a trained dog, consider the location in which you live before deciding what area you will specialize in. You obviously wouldn’t want to start an avalanche rescue business if you live in a warm climate, for example. If you’re not interested in working with a dog yourself, you can always track down other dog owners who are interested in working for you. If you already own a dog training business, recruit a few promising students and offer their owners discounted training fees in return for working with you in your new tracking business. Market your services to local police and sheriffs’ departments. Put fliers up in local veterinarian offices advertising your service and recruiting other tracking dogs. As you can see, this is one of the more unique business ideas you’ll find but it’s a business that is extremely rewarding and unfortunately very necessary when someone goes missing and humans have run out of options in their search.

A Day in the Life of a Dog Tracking Business Owner:

As the owner of a dog tracking business, your schedule will vary greatly. Police and local authorities will contact you when they need your dog(s) to aid in a search and/or rescue situation. If you are in the middle of an ongoing search/rescue job, your day will be spent with your dog from sunup to sundown helping search. If you are not currently working on a search job, your day will be spent reviewing tracking fundamentals with your dog and marketing your business around town. If you have dogs and owners working for you, you will contact them when a job comes up. Since this is a part-time business, you will likely not work on it every day.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be law enforcement personnel or individuals needing dog tracking services to locate a missing person.

What You Need to Start:

  • Trained dog or dog owners with trained dogs
  • Relationship with local law enforcement
  • Marketing materials
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • This is a valuable service.
  • It’s a highly rewarding business.
  • Start-up costs are low.
  • You can easily run this business part-time.

The Bad:

  • The work is very unpredictable and you may go for long periods without working.
  • It can be a highly stressful business.

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How to Become a Beekeeper & Start Your Own Business

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How to Become a Beekeeper Business Overview:

If you’re looking for an unusual business that will produce a sweet and profitable product, you should consider learning how to become a beekeeper. If you’ve never worked with bees before, beekeeping is a relatively simple skill to learn. You do need some supplies and you may want to ask your local apiary clubs how to be a beekeeper and turn it into a business. Bees can live happily in a hive in your backyard, garden or rooftop (if you live in an apartment building or townhome). Some supplies you’ll need include a hive, a hive tool for opening the hive, protective clothing and a smoke box. Smoke calms bees and is helpful when opening the hive to shoot a little puff in so they don’t swarm. Once you have read some beekeeping books and have talked to your local beekeeping clubs, you are ready to acquire your bees. This can be done one of three ways. You can get a colony of bees in an existing hive, a nucleus or a swarm. A nucleus of bees is the easiest way to get them but it is the most expensive. You can get a nucleus from bee suppliers and other beekeepers. A nucleus is a queen and several hundred worker bees from a different colony. The least expensive—but most dangerous way—to get your bees is from a swarm. This is when a colony of bees huddles together in a ball hanging from a tree waiting for the scout to “tell” them about a good home they’ve found. You have to either shake the tree limb or cut it off, let the ball fall into a box and transport it to your new hive. Once you have your bees and they are happily making honey, your job will be to keep an eye on them to make sure no bees look ill and that the queen is consistently laying eggs. Soon you will have a crop of honey that you can jar and sell in a local farmers market, gourmet food store or online. Other products you can sell are beeswax, pollen, royal jelly and propolis, a sticky sealant used in the hive. As you can see, beekeeping is one of the more unusual business ideas available if you’re willing to do the research and make sure you care for the bees correctly. If properly cared for, bees can be quite happy making honey—and a sizeable profit—for you.

A Day in the Life of a Beekeeper Business Owner:

Your day will begin by putting on your protective clothing and taking a look inside the hive to make sure everything is going well. If it’s time to harvest the honey (and other products), you will collect the honey and put it in jars. You will deliver your honey to stores with whom you have made reseller arrangements. You will also market your products by taking them around town showing them to store owners and letting them sample your wares. You could also consider selling your honey online, in which case you’d want to monitor your sales and ship out orders on a regular basis.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be stores that will sell your products or individuals at farmers markets who you will sell to directly. Your customers may also be online shoppers if you choose to sell your honey through a website.

What You Need to Start:

  • Garden or other place for your hive
  • Knowledge of bees and how to keep them
  • Bees
  • Hive
  • Hive tool
  • Smoke box
  • Protective clothing
  • Jars for honey
  • Marketing plan
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • Startup costs are low.
  • You can charge top dollar for great tasting and attractively packaged honey.
  • Local beekeeping clubs are available to help you if you need advice.
  • You can operate this business part-time from your home.
  • As long as your bees are happy, you can work as much or as little as you like.

The Bad:

  • Learning how to properly care for bees can take some time.
  • If not done correctly, working with bees can be dangerous.

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How to Run a Mobile Veterinarian Business

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How to Run a Mobile Veterinarian Business Business Overview:

If you are a veterinarian looking to go out on your own or an entrepreneur in search of a great business idea, learn how to run a mobile veterinarian business. These days everyone has a busy schedule and with work and small children, it’s hard to find time to take Fido to the vet for his exam. Imagine the appeal of a vet service that makes house calls. In addition, may pet owners will spare no expense to avoid putting their dog or cat through the stress of an office visit. If you are a DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) who owns or works with a large practice, this may be a side business that you could run in addition to your office hours. Or if you are looking to go a different direction than the standard vet office, running a mobile vet business is the perfect way to bring your training and skills to pet owners all over town. However, if you are not a trained veterinarian but this still sounds like a great idea, you can simply hire a vet to work for you. In either case, you would need to make a sizeable investment to ensure your truck or van is well equipped to handle any situation that may arise. Next you need to decide what types of services you will offer. Services can range anywhere from standard wellness exams and vaccinations to surgeries and dental procedures. Marketing will be important but since your truck is your business, you can use it to advertise wherever you go. As you would with an errand business, you can advertise by putting magnetic posters on the sides of your vehicle promoting your business. You could also ask local veterinarian offices if you can put business cards or fliers in their facilities (if you offer after-hours care that would not compete with their businesses). Set up a website outlining your services and listing prices and policies. Make sure your web address is something easy to remember since most people who pass your vehicle will be in their cars and won’t be able to write anything down. If your business offers high quality pet care at reasonable prices, you may soon find yourself needing to hire additional veterinarians and expand your fleet.

A Day in the Life of a Mobile Veterinarian Business Owner:

Your day will begin with a check of any regularly scheduled appointments (wellness exams, vaccinations, etc.). You (or the veterinarian who works for you) will check supplies and handle appointments throughout the day. You will also handle emergency calls that may arise. If you are not the vet, you will spend your day marketing your business around town and maintaining the website. At the end of the day you will record the day’s earnings and ensure you have the supplies you need for the next day’s appointments.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be pet owners who want the convenience of having vet services at their homes.

What You Need to Start:

  • Vehicle such as a van or small bus
  • Medical supplies
  • DVM degree or ability to hire a DVM
  • Marketing plan and materials
  • Website
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • For an animal lover, this is a great way to provide a much needed service.
  • For an experienced DVM, this would be a natural next step that allows more freedom than being in an office all day.
  • The business is highly scalable.
  • You are likely to be one of only a handful of mobile vet businesses in your area so competition will be low.
  • You can charge top dollar for the convenience factor of your services (especially after hours and on weekends)

The Bad:

  • Startup costs are high.
  • The hours will be irregular if you offer emergency services.

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Taking Care of Man’s Best Friend: How to Start a Dog Kennel

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How to Start a Dog Kennel Business Overview:

Attention dog loving entrepreneurs: learn how to start a dog kennel and you’ll give pet owners peace of mind while running your own business. Also known as a dog boarding service, a dog kennel is generally a facility that cares for dogs while their owners are out of town. Dog kennel personnel are responsible for feeding the dogs, taking them outside and walking them. If you have experience at a veterinarian’s office or in a dog kennel, opening a kennel of your own will be relatively simple. You will need to find a facility, hire a staff and market your new business. You can purchase a kennel franchise which would come with all the equipment you would need to get started. Unlike a doggie daycare business which is run out of your home, a kennel business needs to have designated areas for the dogs to stay during the day. If you don’t know how to start a dog boarding business, you will need to consider your business model and dog care philosophy when deciding how your boarders will be kept. This could mean various sizes of dog crates or an air-conditioned area inside for your boarders to play. You also need to have a large outdoor area for them to run around and get some exercise. Your staff will also be responsible for cleaning up after the dogs and making sure your facility is tidy and sanitary (both inside and out). You can market your business by leaving fliers at local pet care stores and handing out business cards at dog parks and anywhere else dog owners may frequent. As you research how to open a dog kennel, you’ll find that it’s a good idea to ensure that your facility will be able to grow with your business. If you offer excellent care to your canine customers, you will likely get repeat business and word of mouth referrals. To attract a wider range of clients, you could also offer services such as webcam rooms (so owners can check in on their dogs remotely), dog grooming, pick-up and delivery or dog training. Dog owners love their pets and only want the best care for them when they have to be away. If your business offers the highest quality experience for dogs and their owners, this business idea will be a success.

A Day in the Life of a Dog Kennel Business Owner:

Your day will begin by checking in with your overnight staff to make sure their shift went smoothly and all the dogs are healthy and safe. You will spend your day dealing with your customers and their dogs to make sure check-in and check-out goes smoothly and everyone is satisfied. Since your staff will be handling the majority of the administrative duties, you will use part of your day to market your business. Finally, you will need to check your finances to ensure you have a healthy bottom line.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be dog owners looking for high quality dog care services while they have to be away from home.

What You Need to Start:

  • Dog kennel business plan
  • Kennel facility
  • Business license
  • Dog crates (if you choose to have them)
  • Dog care supplies (bowls, food, leashes, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Staff
  • Computer with finance software and web cam

The Good:

  • If you love dogs, this is the perfect way to be around them all day while earning a profit.
  • Your staff will handle most of the work so you are free to take time off when you want to.
  • It is rewarding to see dogs and their owners happy with their boarding experience.
  • You can add extra services to attract more clients (and raise profits).
  • You are offering a much-needed service to dog owners who need to be away from their pets for an extended period of time.

The Bad:

  • Startup costs are high.
  • You need to be prepared for health emergencies and have a veterinarian either on call or have a partnership with a local vet office.

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What You Should Know About Starting a Doggie Daycare

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Starting a Doggie Daycare Business Overview:

Attention dog lovers: if you love showering puppies with praise and are looking for a great business idea, consider starting a doggie daycare business.  A doggie daycare is a pet sitting business, and the idea behind it is simple: you take care of multiple dogs at once throughout the day–and generate a great income doing it. Due to work commitments many dog owners worry and feel bad about being unable to exercise, socialize, pamper and generally look after their dogs as much they would like to. This is the problem that your doggie daycare business will help solve. During the day you look after the dogs by playing with them, walking them, and giving them attention. As such, a doggie day care business will be a very rewarding business because you’ll know that your services help put worried dog owners’ minds at ease, while at the same time giving their dogs a better quality of life by providing them with the attention and activity that they need during the day. Added to this, a doggie day care business can be very lucrative. Owners will typically pay $30 USD or more to have their dogs looked after for a day, and most dogs will come at least 2 or 3 times a week, which means you can count on a steady, consistent clientele. You also don’t need much start up capital as you can start a doggy daycare business at a low cost. While you could definitely run this by yourself as a one-person business if you so desire, you could also expand your business and increase your revenue further down the line by hiring people to help you take care of more dogs. Of course, by hiring people you could also run this business without looking after the dogs yourself. Because you will likely have many dogs, it would be wise to rent or purchase a building specifically for your doggie day care center. If you just want to watch after a few dogs, you could run this business from home. However, if you’re looking for a large-scale business, you’ll want a place for the dogs to gather that’s not in your home. All in all, starting a doggy daycare business offers a lot of flexibility, and represents an excellent business opportunity for anyone who wants to help make the lives of other people and their dogs happier, healthier and more enjoyable.

A Day in the Life of a Doggie Day Care Business Owner:

As a doggie day care business owner, a typical day would start at around 7 a.m. Usually your clients will drop their dogs off on their way to work. By 9.a.m, when most people will be at work, you will be in charge of looking after multiple dogs—perhaps 5 or more. Throughout the day you would exercise the dogs, give them lots of attention, feed them, and generally pamper them and keep them happy and active. The owners of the dogs would then return to pick up their happy pets after finishing work, which will usually be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. You’ll then want to clean and sanitize the building in preparation for the next day.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be dog owners who, most typically, will be people who are working the majority of the time during the day and are concerned about leaving their dog alone for a large amount of time. They will be people who care a lot about the happiness and fitness of their pet, and want someone to help put their mind at ease, and ensure that their pet is kept active and happy throughout the day.

What You Need to Start:

  • A love of dogs—and the ability to control them well
  • Advertising—flyers, magazine, newspaper, online
  • A location for your doggie daycare business (this could be your home, or you could rent out a larger space)
  • A business license
  • A doggie daycare business plan
  • Business insurance
  • Financial-tracking software

The Good:

  • If you love dogs you’ll be around your favorite pets all day.
  • It’s very rewarding–you’ll be putting worried pet owners minds at ease and adding to the happiness, fitness and general quality of life of their dogs.
  • It can be very lucrative—you can charge $30 USD or more per dog per day.
  • Most dogs will come at least 2 or 3 times a week—meaning you can count on a steady, consistent clientele.
  • You can start this business at a low cost if you operate it out of your home, though the cost will be considerably higher if you choose to rent or purchase a building.

The Bad:

  • You may have some dogs and clients that are difficult to work with.
  • It may take some time for you to build up a big and consistent client base.

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To start a doggie day care business today, we recommend you purchase The Doggie Day Care Manual E-book. This complete guide will teach you how to set up your doggie day care business, how to advertise and market your business, invaluable tips from pros who own their own successful doggy day care businesses, and much, much more. For more information, or to purchase this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED E-Book, click here.

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Starting a Teen Pet Care Service

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Starting a Teen Pet Care Service Business Overview:

Attention pet-loving teens: you can gain valuable business experience while playing with cuddly cats and canines by starting a teen pet care service. Pet owners spend billions of dollars on their furry friends each year and with today’s busy schedules, more and more people are wanting to outsource some aspects of their pets’ care to trustworthy teens. A business offering services such as bathing, walking and pet sitting is the perfect way to learn valuable business skills while earning some extra money. But before you get started with this business idea, you need to think about what types of services you will offer. If you plan to market your services outside of your neighborhood, you will need some form of transportation to get to your clients’ homes. If you will offer pet bathing services, make sure you have a good place to do that, whether it’s in your bathtub or in your back yard. If you’re not old enough to drive, you may need to enlist the help of your parents when it comes time to pick-up or deliver your “clients.” Pet sitting is a great service for older teens to offer since you’ll be alone in someone’s house and will need to be responsible enough to care for the home as well as the pets. Marketing your new business will be important, especially at the beginning, so make some fliers to post around the neighborhood. You may even want to distribute business cards at dog parks and in local pet shops. Soon your business will take off and you may need to hire more teen pet care professionals to help you keep up with demand.

A Day in the Life of a Teen’s Pet Care Business Owner:

Your day will begin with a check of your appointments to see which clients you will need to visit and what services you will be offering. You will need to check your bathing supplies if you have a bath on the schedule, check in with your parents if you’ll be out on a pet sitting gig, etc. If you have a pet care staff working for you, you will coordinate assignments with them and check in with customers to ensure they are pleased with the work done. You will spend some time distributing marketing materials around town and telling everyone you run into about your new business.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be pet owners who need help with various aspects of pet care such as bathing, walking or pet sitting.

What You Need to Start:

  • Marketing materials
  • Love for and patience with other people’s pets
  • Transportation (if offering pick-up and delivery services out of your immediate area)
  • Bathing and grooming supplies (shampoos, brushes, nail clippers, towels, etc.)

The Good:

  • For a pet lover, this is a great way to do what you love while learning valuable business skills.
  • Owning your own business looks great on college applications.
  • This business will teach you how to manage money and learn responsibility.
  • You can easily run this business on the weekends.
  • You can choose to hire other teen pet care workers and concentrate on marketing and management of your business.

The Bad:

  • Animals can be difficult to handle.
  • Some pet owners may be very particular about the way they want their pets to be cared for.

Resources:

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To start a teen pet care business today, we recommend you purchase the Pet Sitting Manual E-book. This comprehensive book will tell you everything you need to know about starting your pet care business. You’ll learn how to advertise your business, how to set your prices, tips on caring for different types of animals and much more. For more information or to purchase this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED book, click here.

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Starting a Dog Grooming Business by Opening a Pet Spa

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Starting a Dog Grooming Business

Business Overview:

If you love pampering your pet and you’re looking for a lucrative business idea, consider starting a dog grooming business by opening a pet spa. Pet owners spend billions of dollars on their furry friends so what better way to tap into this booming industry than to open an environmentally and dog friendly pet spa? If you want to start a dog grooming business, you could also offer services such as pick-up and delivery, healthy doggie snacks and the latest fashion items like sweaters, collars and hair bows to bring in customers of all economic levels. Dog owners will jump at the chance to have their pooches pampered with a hypoallergenic bath and professional haircut and blow-dry. When you add to that organic dog treats and fun toys and accessories, your spa will be the talk of the town among dog owners. The first thing you need to do is find the perfect spot for your pampering palace. The more items you offer, the more space you will need so you should determine what types of goods and services will be available before deciding where you will set up your spa. You may be able to handle the workload solo for a while but eventually you will need to hire pet professionals to help you. In no time at all, your spa will be the most popular luxury destination for all dogs from petite Pomeranians to massive Mastiffs.

A Day in the Life of a Dog Grooming Business Owner:

As owner of a pet spa specializing in dog grooming, your day will begin by making sure your shop is clean and ready for your customers. You will greet your customers or arrange for pick-up of the day’s doggie clientele. If working alone, you will work your way through your furry customers and arrange pick-up or delivery when they are finished and fabulous. If you have a pampering staff working for you, you will oversee their work and talk to the owners to make all the other arrangements. You will spend a portion of your day talking to designers, bakers and distributors to stock your bakery and boutique. If it’s a slow day, you will concentrate on marketing your business with online ads, ads in local pet magazines and fliers in shops pet owners frequent like pet food stores and obedience schools. Finally, you will check your finances to ensure the day’s earnings have been properly recorded and you will make sure the shop is clean for the next day.

About Your Customers:

Ultimately your customers will be dogs in need of a day of pampering and primping but you will be dealing with dog owners who want their furry pals to enjoy the cleaning and socializing your spa offers.

What You Need to Start:

  • Storefront
  • License and insurance
  • Dog shampoos
  • Dog grooming equipment (tables, electric clippers, nail clippers, brushes, etc.)
  • Designated area for the dogs to roam around
  • Staff (if desired)
  • Vehicle for pick-up and delivery of dogs (if that service is offered)
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • You can spend your day doing what you love by working with dogs.
  • You don’t have to be stuck behind a desk 9-5.
  • The startup investment is relatively low.
  • You can charge top dollar for high quality pet pampering services.
  • Excellent customer service and friendly personnel will go a long way toward repeat business.

The Bad:

  • It can take time and patience to build up your client list.
  • You will work with some difficult dogs (and owners) from time to time.

Resources:

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To start a dog grooming business today, we recommend you purchase Become a Pet Spa Owner. This comprehensive guide will teach you how to choose which services to offer, what equipment you will need, how to set your prices and much more. For more information or to purchase this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED book, click here.

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