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Aquarium Maintenance Service

Take care of fish and other creatures with an aquarium maintenance service.

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Aquarium Maintenance Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you love aquariums–the colorful tropical fish darting from side to side, gently waving water plants, and those funky little bubble-activated deep-sea divers–then an aquarium maintenance service is the business for you. You’ll clean and maintain the tanks, feed and care for the fish on a routine basis, make additions and replacements as necessary and administer any special medications.
You can also set up and stock aquariums for clients who don’t already have them up and running, perform tasks like changing filtration systems, replacing plumbing and moving aquariums. And you can set up, stock and maintain ponds as well–water gardens complete with fish are the hottest new trend in residential landscaping.
The advantages to this business are that you can start with a minimal investment, part time if you like, and you get all the fun of working with fish every day. If you’re a fish person, this a wonderful business, but if you’re not a true hobbyist, you won’t be happy. Fish, especially those that live in saltwater tanks, can be very difficult to care for. You must have knowledge and experience in dealing with these delicate creatures in addition to a genuine love for them. You’ll need to have a real concern for your finny charges’ lives and for maintaining them at their optimum.

The Market

Your clients can be businesses that find fish to be relaxing for their customers–doctors, dentists and restaurants are all good candidates–but you’ll also do work for various other businesses. You’ll find that some of your clients will be private parties who love fish but don’t have the time, desire or expertise to care for their finny friends. And of course, you’ll have business and residential customers with ponds and water gardens.
 
Establish relationships with fish-store and pet-store owners and ask them to refer their customers to you. You can offer them a finder’s fee for each successful referral. (Don’t forget to leave plenty of your business cards for them to hand out.) Place ads in the pet section of your local newspaper. Send brochures to interior designers who specialize in commercial establishments–they can refer you to their clients. And if you plan to go the pond route, get in with garden and nursery retailers, and landscape architects and contractors, who can give you referrals.

Needed Equipment

You don’t need a lot to get started–some resource books and equipment like siphons, nets, algae pads, buckets, planting sticks and tongs, and plastic tarps and towels.
 
You’ll purchase fish food, saltwater test kits and any necessary medications but pass the costs along to your clients. You’ll also set up aquariums for clients, so you’ll need to establish relationships with fish stores or wholesalers who can give you good deals, or else stock your own home tanks from which you can draw.

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Pet Businesses

Dog Walker

Dog walking isn’t just for high school kids anymore. Put your energy and love for dogs into action with this business idea.

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Dog Walker

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

A dog-walking service is perfectly suited for people with time, patience, and a love for dogs. Best of all, with an investment of just a few hundred dollars you can be up and running your own full- or part-time dog-walking service in no time.
 
There are various styles of multilead dog walking collars and leashes available that will allow three or more dogs to be walked at the same time without becoming tangled in the leash. Acquiring this equipment is important because it will reduce frustration and enable you to walk many dogs at the same time, which in turn will increase revenues and profits.
 
Design a promotional flier detailing your dog-walking service and qualifications, and distribute the fliers to businesses that are frequented by dog owners, such as grooming locations, kennels, pet food stores, animal shelters, and community centers. Once word is out about your dog-walking service, it should not take long to establish a base of 20 or 30 regular clients. Dog-walking rates are in the range of $6 to $12 per hour, per dog. Again, walking multiple dogs at a time gives you your best income and profit potential.

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Dog Run Sales And Installation

Allow dogs to get some exercise without pet owners having to worry about their escape.

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Dog Run Sales And Installation

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Initiating and operating a business that focuses on manufacturing and retailing predesigned and constructed dog runs can be a very lucrative enterprise to start. The business can be started by anyone regardless of experience. Dog runs are not only easily designed, but equally easy to build.
Once the dog runs have been constructed, they can be disassembled and packaged for convenient shipping and fast installation on a customer’s site. A key requirement in the design process of this type of product is to separate your product from the competitions’. In the case of dog runs, this could simply mean installing a sunshade or building in a food and water dish.
Dog runs can be sold through local or national retail accounts, such as pet stores and animal shelters. Furthermore, this type of specialty product is also suited to internet marketing, mail-order sales, and related exhibition trade shows. The profit potential will greatly vary on a number of factors including product pricing, number of units sold, and market demand. However, dog runs are a necessary piece of equipment for many dog owners, breeders and kennels, and the market has already been proven and established.

The Market

Dog owners and pet stores

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Doggie Day Care

Do you love your pets almost as much as you love your children? Start a doggie day care.

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Doggie Day Care

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Day-care facilities for dogs are becoming increasingly popular, especially as more and more caring dog owners are realizing the benefits of leaving their beloved dogs at day care with other dogs instead of at home alone while they are at work. Dogs, like people, are social creatures and need contact with people and other dogs to become well-behaved and confident.
 
However, a doggie day care should not be confused with a kennel, which boards animals for short- and long-term time spans. A doggie day care is strictly a drop off in the morning and pick up in the evening, or anytime during the day, type of operation. If space allows and your neighbors don’t mind the barking, you can open at home.
 
A better alternative is to rent commercial warehouse space and convert it into a doggie day spa, complete with water features, fenced outdoor space and indoor couches to ensure your clients have all the creature comforts they are used to at home. Some doggie day-care centers install web cams throughout their facility so people at work can watch the live footage online. Current rates are in the range of $20 to $35 per day, with discounts for weekly service.

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