Pets are big business in the U.S.
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According to some estimates, there are currently more than 135 million pets inhabiting the homes – and draining the wallets – of American consumers. First-time business owners are increasingly getting in on the pet-based business action, often with companies that are based in their own homes.
The motivating force behind today's pet-based business phenomenon is the willingness of consumers to pamper their pets. In order for your business to be successful, an enduring love of animals is a must. You have to be just as willing to pamper your animal clients as the pet owners themselves. But if you relate well to furry friends and have a knack for offering services pet owners crave, you can easily create a home-based business that is both profitable and enjoyable.
Pet kennels and boarding businesses have traditionally stood at the top of the heap for home-based, pet businesses. These kinds of businesses are particularly attractive for people who plenty of open space in sparsely populated neighborhoods. Since the pets that are boarded at your kennel require constant attention, be prepared to stay on site and maintain facilities that are appealing to picky pet owners. Also, be prepared to comply with local zoning and licensing requirements in your local area.
If you don't own a large house in a rural environment, it's still possible to launch a thriving pet care business. More and more pet owners are taking advantage of pet daycare services as a way of providing their pets (primarily dog) with companionship while they are at work. One big advantage of these kinds of businesses is that costs and zoning requirements are significantly lower than they would be if you offered overnight accommodations. Many pet daycare providers further enhance their business by offering grooming or pick-up services – for an additional fee.
Pet Sitting/Pet Walking
Pet sitting and pet walking businesses are ideal for home-based business owners because they take place in the clients' homes. People who frequently travel for business or pleasure are constantly on the lookout for someone to care for their pets while they are gone. Pet sitters fill this need by going to their clients' homes to feed, water, and play with pets while their owners are on the road. Other pet owners are simply interested in finding someone who will take their dogs for a walk or provide other forms of socialization for their pets on a regular basis. Either way, it is relatively simple to get started since there are few, if any, startup costs involved. An additional perk is that pet sitters and walkers typically enjoy the benefit of a regular customer base.
Pet Clothing Line
Pet clothing is a great way to combine your love for animals with your love of fashion. Successful entrepreneurs often locate a niche in the market and launch an entire line of products around a common theme. If this sounds appealing, your first step is to talk to other pet owners and sell your products to a limited customer base until the word on the street catches up with your designs.