Do you find yourself getting distracted by every cute dog you pass on the sidewalk — sometimes even sacrificing getting to places on time because you just have to say hi to every pup you see? Are you the go-to pet sitter when your friends and family members go out of town? Do you have adorable baby animals as wallpaper on your screens?
Being around animals can make us happier and healthier. Harvard Medical School studies have shown blood pressure lowers when a person pets a dog. Is it any wonder many people experience so much enjoyment in the company of animal companions?
If you just can’t get enough quality time with the creatures of the world, you may want to turn this passion into a career. Here are six pet business ideas for animal lovers.
As a dog walker, you can interact with a variety of precious pooches and get exercise at the same time. You’ll also be providing a much-needed service for busy dog owners who want to ensure Fluffy gets outside time and human interaction even when they’re away from home.
There are a few ways to go about building a dog-walking business. You can start by joining an app like Wag!, PetBacker, or Rover to gain experience and make client contacts. Or you can start your own small business of which you’re the sole proprietor.
If you go the latter route of starting your own dog-walking operation, you’ll need references from previous clients and pet business insurance to protect yourself from liability. A flexible policy from a provider like Verifly can insure you against property damage or bodily injury you inadvertently cause to others.
Even pets need a spa day from time to time. Here are some services you may decide to provide as a dog groomer:
- Fur trimming, bathing, brushing and drying
- Teeth brushing
- Nail and paw maintenance
- Ear cleaning
- Skin care
You may need certification to groom animals, depending on where you live and what services you offer. At the very least, you’ll need enough experience to confidently serve your customers.
Pet Day Care & Boarding
Opening your home to animals can be an excellent way to work from home. There are a couple options here: You can offer hourly or daily care for people whose pets need a place to go during work, or you can board pets overnight for people going out of town.
Make sure your home is completely animal proofed before accepting any charges. You may also opt to offer in-home care for animals, meaning you’d travel to clients’ houses and watch their pets in the environment most familiar to them. It’s also a good idea to pick up General Liability insurance before pet sitting to protect yourself against certain unforeseen accidents.
Creative types can fuse their loves for art and animals through pet photography or portrait services. After all, who wouldn’t want to commemorate their companion(s) through a custom photograph or painting?
Animal Clothing and Accessories
There are hundreds of thousands of pet accessories available on Etsy, which speaks to the popularity of this sales category. There are many options for products to sell here: bandanas, collars, sweaters, costumes, blankets… the list goes on. And you can carry products for a diverse arrangement of pets beyond just dogs and cats if you choose — like rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and reptiles.
Pet Treat Baker
Can you envision yourself whipping up batches of healthy pet treats for pets around your city? Starting a homemade pet treat company is an option. There’s an opportunity here to sell locally and online. You can also target individual pet owners as well as local establishments like stores, groomers, vet offices, etc.
Make sure you have all the supplies and permits you’ll need to get this business off the ground and test your products extensively before letting anyone else’s pets consume them. Customers will expect crystal clear communication about your ingredients and processes, too.
Consider one or more of these six pet business ideas if you’re aiming to turn your love for animals into a job.