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Birdhouses

Don’t be surprised if birds suddenly appear when the prospects of this business are near.

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Birdhouses

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

While building and selling birdhouses may not make you rich, it can provide a good source of additional part-time business income. The only requirements for starting a business that manufactures birdhouses is to have basic woodworking equipment and skills.
There are birdhouse design plans available, or you can design and build your own birdhouses. The finished products can be sold at craft shows, flea markets and to community merchants. The choices are unlimited in terms of how the birdhouses can be marketed. More important is the fact that this is a good homebased business venture that can be started for peanuts and produce a good part-time income.

The Market

Customers will be nature lovers and bird enthusiasts, as well as people who enjoy arts and crafts.

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Pet Businesses

Online Dog Training

Show other dog owners the ropes on handling their pets, and even help them find trainers near them, all on your own Web site.

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Online Dog Training

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

It is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work building a Web site that specializes in providing dog owners with helpful dog training tips and techniques. There are many options in terms of the type of information and services this type of Web site could provide to visitors, including:
  • An online directory of dog trainers from coast to coast.
  • Digital video broadcasts of live dog training demonstrations and online instruction.
  • New articles and information about dog training posted daily by the top dog trainers in the country.
There are also many ways for this type of Web site to generate income including selling advertising space on the site, selling dog training programs, books, and videos, or charging dog trainers a fee to be listed in the online directory.

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Pet Doors

Provide the door to let pets out when nature calls.

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Pet Doors

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

There are estimated to be more than 30,000,000 house pets in North America. And if you have a dog or cat, then you are well aware of the fact that they may have to get outside for a host of reasons. Unfortunately, once in a while our schedules conflict with our pets’ call to nature conflicts.
 
Enter the solution: the installation of a pet door enabling dogs and cats the freedom to enter the safety of a fenced yard regardless of the time of day. The best way to get this business moving is to market the installation service through all the pet stores in your community. This marketing method can be a great way for you to kick start your new business venture into action.
 
The pet stores should have no reasons not to assist you, as they will be selling the doors and retaining their retail markup. Alternatively, you could also supply the pet doors; or even better, you could manufacture, retail, and install the pet doors for maximum profit returns. To assist in researching the business, I contacted three pet stores; all are well known and established in my community.
 
Two of the stores offered the pet doors for sale. However, not one of these stores offered or provided the service of installing the pet door. Conclusion: Check in your local area, and if your research draws the same conclusion as mine, then this business may be a good opportunity for you to start and operate your own fun, profitable, and independent business. requirements: In terms of special skill requirements there are few to mention, other than a very basic knowledge of operating power tools.
 
The business also has no requirements that have to be met in terms of building codes, permits, and special government regulations. start-up costs: A pet door sales and installation service can easily be launched for less than $1,000 including the required tools, product samples, and a small initial advertising and marketing budget. profit potential:
 
For this type of service the pricing structure can be kept very basic. Charge a flat fee for the installation of the door with the only variable being the type of door you will be installing. Should you encounter situations that require the pet door to be installed into wall areas instead of a door, I would suggest that this service be priced on a time plus material basis. Generally for this kind of specialized installation service the installation rates would be in the $25 to $40 per hour range, plus a product markup on any and all pet door sales.

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Pet Breeder

If you have the passion and patience for animal care, you can bring up top-notch pets for families with specific preferences.

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Pet Breeder

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

If your motivation for starting a pet breeding business is purely for profit, then buzz off. The last thing the world needs are more puppy mills. However, if your motivation for starting a pet breeding business is because you have a keen interest in a particular breed of animal and you also have a keen interest in ensuring that the animal is sold to a caring family, then this is the business for you.
 
Chances are you are going to have a very rewarding business future both personally and financially. Additional considerations for starting a pet breeding business include qualifications, business location, registration, association memberships, and marketing skills and abilities. Once established, a professional animal breeder might not need to advertise, as word-of-mouth and referrals spread fast in this industry.

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