If you’re interested in starting your own pet business, you should know that there are many options available to you. The number of animal-related and pet businesses have grown dramatically in recent years, as more people own pets, and are willing to spend money to feed and take care of them.
These days, many people treat their pets just like their own children, and spoil and pamper the animals in their life in much the same way.
Pet owners project their own likes and dislikes onto the lives of their pets, and buy products accordingly. This explains some of the recent trends in the pet industry - luxury pet accessories, organic pet treats and foods, homeopathic pet products to name a few.
And servicing pets has grown into a billion dollar industry. New types of pet businesses have sprung up in almost every community in the country, from doggie day care operations to dog walking services, organic pet food stores, pooper scooper services, pet sitting businesses and more.
Gone are the days when most people put their dogs out in the back yard in the morning and forgot about them until they returned home from work that evening. Now pet owners want to know that their beloved pet is being attended to during the day, including exercise, play time, midday feedings and more.
Pet businesses are also a lot of fun to own and operate. If you’re an animal lover, like so many people these days, then what better way to spend your working days than being surrounded by energetic and adoring animals? In many ways pets are easier to please than human clients, and have rosier dispositions. And you’ll gain a lot of satisfaction in knowing your business is helping these animals to live healthier, happier lives.
A pet business can be a great small business opportunity
Okay, so you've decided that your future lies in owning a pet related business in the coming years. But what are some of the best opportunities in this growing industry? A good place to start, and brainstorm ideas is by following your interest and passions.
If you’re interested in photography, for example, you could start a pet photography business. Or if you really like spending time with dogs, you could open a dog walking or doggie day care business. Dog grooming is another popular choice, with many groomers booked up with more work than they can handle on a weekly basis.
If you like retail sales, you could open a pet shop or aquarium business. Did you know that selling dog clothing and accessories has grown into a huge business in recent years? If you like to sew, and you’re creative, you could either make these items out of your home and sell them in pet stores, or sell them directly to dog owners yourself. The pet industry is one of those areas where the possibilities are almost endless these days.
Many people work in the pet industry for a year or two before opening their own business. This is a great way to learn the ins and outs of the profession, and to make contacts before launching your own enterprise. There’s nothing like hands-on experience, and it’s much easier to be successful with a new venture when you know the day-to-day details of operating such a business. Plus it’s easier to be an effective boss when you’ve been on the other side, and worked as employee in that industry.
If you’ve never owned or operated your own business, you might start by contacting the Chamber Of Commerce in your area, and the Small Business Association (SBA) as well. They can help with all of the legal aspects of opening a business, and might even be able to provide a small business loan as well.
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