It’s only in the last couple of years that pet ventures have grown tenfold. People are cashing in on the love everyone has for their four legged kids, but with so many option to choose from, which of these pet businesses actually work. A the end of the day, it isn’t just about the love for the animals but also having cash in your pocket.
If you are seriously passionate about pets and want to make a living doing what you love, there are a number of business ventures to get you into the game. Starting a business that revolves around pets is unique in this way. With all the options available, there is something for virtually every pet lover out there.
While writing may not be your thing, grooming or training might be. When it comes to pet businesses, you'll have your pick of jobs that will not only incorporate your love of animals but also the skill set that you bring to the table.
Don't have a skill set? No worries! If you think you may be interested in one of these ventures, you can take courses or try to get some hands on job training before deciding which business is right for you.
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15 Most Profitable Pet Business Ventures to Start Today
1. Pet Grooming
Pet grooming has come a long way since the early days of having to wash your 50 pound pup at home. Now you can just drop him off and pick him up after running a few errands. He’ll smell great and won’t drip water all over your home.
To become a pet groomer you will need training. You don’t need to shell out thousands though. YouTube has plenty of excellent videos where you can learn the ropes. All you’ll need are willing friends who will trust you to practice on their pooches.
If that doesn’t sound enticing, you can always enroll in a grooming school and get certified. When you feel like you have enough experience you can start grooming out of your own house. Of course, you'll need all the necessary equipment and a nice space.
Eventually when you’ve built up a nice client base you can always look into renting your own shop. Pet grooming will always be necessary, and therefore is a great pet business venture to think about.
READ MORE: How to Start a Dog Grooming Business
2. Dog Walker
Yes, it might sound silly. But, you can actually make some good money walking other people’s dogs. Most dog owners simply don’t have the time to take their high energy pup for a walk every day. That’s where you come in!
Put up fliers everywhere and advertise your business. Even if you start walking one dog, word will get out and people will start contacting you. Eventually you’ll have an entire pack. The best part is that these dogs will be excited to see you every day. I can’t think of a better way to start any day!
For more information, see our article on How To Start A Dog Walking Business.
3. Pet Trainer
To become a really good pet trainer you’ll have to go for some training yourself. Just because you can teach your dog to sit doesn’t mean you’re a certified trainer. Try shadowing a popular trainer in your area. See what they do and how they do it.
It’s by no means easy becoming a dog trainer, and neither will it be when you have difficult dogs. However, it will definitely be a rewarding business venture at the end of the day. You’ll help animals grow to their full potential, and make their owners proud by showing what they’re capable of learning.
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4. Pet Sitting
Pet sitting is another excellent pet business venture. People don’t always want to leave their beloved animals in kennels, and what better way than to have someone come and stay with their dog or cat in their own homes? The pets don’t get stressed and neither do the owners.
Everyone is happy!
What you’ll need is some good references. You can start by pet sitting your family or friend’s pets and see how it goes. Eventually you’ll have built up a really good reputation and people will start contacting you. The best part will be the return clients and getting to spend time with their pets again.
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5. Organic Dog Treats and Foods
With all the dog allergies and skin conditions that some canines can get, it can be difficult finding good quality organic treats to give them. This means there’s quite a good market for baking and selling your own line of organic dog treats.
What you’ll need are some fool proof, delicious recipes. The internet has dozens of websites for this exact purpose. You can find some great recipes right here on Top Dog Tips, too.
Start by baking a few and see what works and what doesn’t. Sell them at your local groomers or farmer’s market. If they eventually become really popular you can start taking orders from customers. People will always be looking for a healthy alternative for their dogs.
EXAMPLE: 15 Best Organic Treats for Dogs
6. Pet Photographer
If you have photography skills and a way with pets, why not charge for it. People love immortalizing their four legged friends. Do some research online on how to keep pets from getting too distracted and start snapping their pics. You can even do family photo shoots with their human families.
7. Doggy Day Care
This business venture is one that is becoming popular in the recent years. Not everyone is comfortable leaving their dog home alone all day. This ups the fact that you might come home to a chewed up sofa or tipped over garbage can.
That’s where a doggy day care comes in. Puppies get to socialize and learn skills from other dogs, senior dogs have someone who is constantly watching over them and giving them their meds as discussed with the owner. Doggy birthday parties, toys, friends, everything in one place.
It makes for a happy owner and a very happy pooch. What you’ll need to get started is a place to rent and enough space to house rowdy, playful dogs. Look into your local listings and see what insurance, permits or licences are needed as well. If done properly, your doggy day care will become very popular, and you’ll be working with dogs all day every day.
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8. Pet Restaurant
As the pet industry grows, a few smart restaurant owners are really cashing in. Not everyone has gotten on the bandwagon, and maybe in your area there isn’t a restaurant that allows pets yet.
This business venture is a bit more difficult to plan but will be very rewarding when pulled off right. Imagine all your customers sitting outside in the summer having a cold drink, while their pets are playing with each other and eating something from your kitchen?
9. Mobile Clinic
Not everyone can get to the vet with their crazy schedules. A mobile clinic is the perfect solution, especially for the older people who maybe can’t drive anymore. You don’t even need to be a vet, although it’s a bonus if you are.
What you can do is setup up the mobile clinic and have vets hire it for a fee. That way both parties win.
10. Pooper Scooper
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Ew! But, there’s actually really good business in scooping other people’s dog poop. It all comes back to people not having the time to clean their yards. It gets ten times worse if they own a Great Dane or even a St Bernard!
Can you imagine the amount of poop these dogs leave behind in a day, never mind two? What about the owners of multiple dogs? Advertise yourself as the poop scoop expert, and all you’ll need is something to pick the poo up with.
You clean the yards and take the excrement to be dumped. It’s something you can do weekly, or even three times a week for those with bigger dog breeds or multiple pets. It might be a smelly business venture, but the money will smell even better.
EXAMPLE: Top 5 Best Dog Poop Scoopers
11. Pet Radio Show
If you’re someone who is very knowledgeable about all things pets, you can start your own pet radio show. With the internet today it’s easy to reach a worldwide audience.
For example, check out what we did with the Theory of Pets Podcast.
You’ll need a talkative, bubbly personality, with a love for all things pets. It might not be the easiest pet business venture to begin, but imagine when you get your first email from a fan. You get to talk about animals and actually make a difference in the lives of pet owners all over.
12. Tag Engraver
Sometimes it can be hard finding someone who can engrave your pets’ tag. If you’re in an area where people have to send their tags away to get engraved you have a hole in the market that you can fill.
All you need is an engraver and eventually you can even sell tags. People love that their pets can have something personalized around their neck. Owners will also know that of their dog goes missing their number is right on the back.
13. Import Of Unique Pet Products
A lot of the time people will see something interesting online but don’t have the resources to order or time to order it. This is where you can come in. You can scour the internet and find the most interesting and unique pet products and find out if there’s a market for it (there usually is).
As soon as you have interest in certain products you can start importing and charge the products at a mark up price. I know I’ve seen amazing products that I can’t get hold of in my country. So, why not see if you can do a better job and actually make a business of it?
14. Dog Clothes
Have you ever seen a fashionable dog and thought that you might be able to make clothing like that yourself? If you’re good at sewing and enjoy creating new and fun things, perhaps you should try your hand at making your own line of doggy clothes.
People love dressing their pups in new threads. If you can bring something new to the sewing machine, you definitely have a prospective business venture!
15. Sell Pet Accessories Online
This business venture has endless potential. You can make the accessories yourself or order them from other retailers and sell that at a mark up. Then you'll just need to create your own website and ship the accessories to buyers.
You could even source local talent and give them a platform for the things they make for pets. All you need to get started with this pet-friendly business venture is an online shop and a secure internet connection.
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