There is a world of opportunity out there – a world in which you don’t have to struggle inside the 9 to 5 anymore, a world where you can do something that brings you genuine joy and still make a very decent living.
Times have changed a lot throughout the past three to four decades – and the pet industry is one of the faces that has changed the most. From veterinarians to the occasional dog groomers to an entire industry dedicated to furry friends, the world of pet care has changed tremendously.
The best news about all of this? You can now easily start a business in the booming pet industry, do something you really love, make a living out of it, and escape the rat race in 2020.
Here are 5 businesses you can start in the booming pet industry.
Dog Training Business in the Pet Industry
Could there be anything more rewarding than working with puppies and training them to be good dogs?
Of course, all dogs are good dogs – but as a dog trainer, you can become the harbinger of a healthy upbringing for the puppies that come your way. Not to mention you can help their owners be happier around their pets.
Starting a dog training business is fairly easy. First, you have to acquire some experience in dog training. You do not necessarily need formal training, but it might be a good idea to do an apprenticeship alongside an established dog trainer in your area.
Once that happens, all you need is to…start your business. There are a million ways to market your dog training business, but one of the simplest and most efficient ones is by marketing your services on social media groups.
Careful, though – you don’t want to simply advertise your services, you want to offer people genuinely good advice on how to train their pups (big or small). Remember that the service you offer is, at the end of the day, a commodity – so your dog training business doesn’t have to keep any kind of trade secrets.
Professional Photography in the Pet Industry
You have no idea how many people would be happy to pay to have their furry friends professionally captured in photos that will last for a lifetime!
If you like photography and if you like pets, this is the ideal business idea for you. Same as in the case of dog training, the first step is establishing yourself as a reputable photographer in your area. It can start with a Facebook group where you share your photos now and then or even a simple page. People love photos of cute pets and, as such, your pictures are bound to become viral if they are good.
From there on, you will have to make sure to escalate this and transform it into a successful business. It might not be easy (because starting a business, in general, is not easy), but it’s more than worth it.
Here is more information on how to take gorgeous photos of pets.
Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
With more and more people increasingly being aware of the fact that their pets need care and attention even when they are away from home, dog walking and pet sitting are predicted to continue to be a booming industry for many years to come.
The easiest way to start a dog walking and pet sitting business is by purchasing a professional dog walking and pet sitting franchise location. Owning a franchise will provide you with all the training, support and systems you need, as well as the reputation of an already-established name that people are familiar with (because let’s face it, nobody wants to leave their pet with someone they don’t actually know at all, and reputation can play a major role in building trust in this type of business).
On top of all this, the franchise cost is affordable – and your Return on Investment will appear sooner than you think.
Last, but definitely not least, we all know pet sitters are happy by nature – so why not earn a living doing something that fills your heart with joy!
If you want to learn more about how to start a professional dog walking and pet sitting franchise business, click here.
Pet Clothing and Accessories
Who doesn’t love an adorable pup or kitten dressed in fancy clothes?
If you are into fashion and if you want to start a business in the pet industry, consider pet clothing and accessories. People are dying for unique clothing and accessories these days precisely because they are tired of the fast fashion industry – and they are definitely willing to expand their fashion choices into their pets’ lives as well.
If you want to learn more about this, consider this article, as it will provide you with quite a lot of information on how to start a successful pet apparel business.
Gourmet…for the Pet Industry
Pet owners are becoming fully aware of the fact that store-bought pet food may not actually cut it. Not only does it contain harmful ingredients in many cases, but it is also a pretty unexciting choice (both for the owners and for their pets).
If you are into cooking and would like to start a business in the pet industry, consider making gourmet treats for pets – or at least homemade food for pets. It is a thriving business that might not make you rich overnight, but will surely provide you with sollid income.
Here are 10 gourmet recipes for dogs to get you started. Try them out, test them on your pets (and your friends) and take it from here.
As a general rule of thumb, starting a business in any kind of industry can be a challenge. However, the closer you are to that industry and the more you enjoy it, the more likely it is that you will actually thrive.
Yes, you do need planning, and you do need marketing. But all of that comes naturally when you do something you love – and what could ever be more lovable than a happy wagging tail, joyous chirping, or a soothing purr!