by Aldar Nagy
Let’s face it; we are a nation of dog lovers. In fact, many people admit to caring more for their dog than their fellow man. And, these people do not think twice when it comes to spending money on them. This gives the entrepreneur with a love for dogs a way to satisfy both passions at the same time. To get you started, here are three business ideas for the dog lover.
Mobile Dog Groomer – The first idea may not be very original but is always in demand and is a consistent money maker. We are talking about dog grooming, but with a slight twist. The twist comes with the mobile part of the business. By running your operation from your specially equipped van, you can offer your customers a convenience not easily found. If you already have a building you work out of, you might want to offer the mobile service at selected times during the week. If you find yourself with more requests, you might decide to convert to that full-time.
Dog Boarding – Many dog owners face the same problem whenever they want to go on vacation or out of town, they have to find a safe and reliable place to leave their dog while they are gone. The guilt these people already feel is made much worse when they have reason to question the care their pet will receive. If you can offer them a place to leave their pet and prove to them they are safe in doing so, you will end up with loyal customers who will gladly spread the word to others they know.
Dog Treats – Making and selling your own dog treats can be your path to a successful business. Dog owners are forever looking for healthy treats their dogs will love, and you could be the one to supply them. You will need access to a commercial kitchen – you can rent time at one in many locations. And, you can sell your treats to pet shops, supermarkets, vets, kennels, and anyone else who serves the dog owners market. Plan to give away many samples when you first begin to build up a loyal following.
Aldar Nagy is the author of The Business Startup Resource, which offers new business profiles, ideas, advice, and other resources to help you when you are starting your own business. The Business Startup Resource can be found at: http://www.businessstartupresource.com. Check back often, new business profiles are being added all the time.
Nice ideas. What about jobs involving cats? They’re more difficult to please so you could charge more 🙂
This is a great blog, lots of interesting information. I love the info on the dog sitting. We always have to put our maltese in a kennel and we hate doing that. We have a sitter who checks up on our cat, but the dog just requires too much attention, he’s old and has to be let in and out many times during the day and 5:30am every morning.
I like the dog grooming business the best. It offers you a chance to get to know people on a regular basis and this could lead to new, interesting business opportunities. I do not believe that you can live off a dog grooming business alone…perhaps if you’d specialize in show dogs. But lower paid jobs could offer the chance to upsell some stuff…dog food for example…perhaps a dog treat business could be combined with a grooming biz.
Dog boarding..i don’t know. There is a trend to travel WITH the dog so i would not invest my time in that one.