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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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Pet Businesses

Mobile Pet Grooming

Give Fido a bath in your mobile grooming unit to help out his busy owners.

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Mobile Pet Grooming

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

Business Overview

People love their pets, but neither Puss, Rover nor their owners loves the bathing and grooming process. But if you love pets and you have that special touch that makes them putty in your hands, you can make everybody happy with a mobile pet-grooming service. You’ll roll to clients’ homes in your specially outfitted van, then take Boots and Fido aboard and work your miracles.
The advantages to this business are that you can start part-time, your earning potential is excellent, and you get to work with animals every day you choose. The pet industry is big–according the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 58 million U.S. households are home to dogs and/or cats.
You’ll need plenty of experience in pet-grooming, including the proper ways to clip and brush various breeds and a knowledge of animal behavior. You should also know something about human behavior. When owners take their four-footed friends to a traditional groomer, they generally have to leave until the job’s done, but when you pull up in the driveway, they’ll want to watch you work.

The Market

Since your clients will be dog and cat owners, you’ll want to make the rounds of pet shops and veterinary offices with your brochures and business cards. Introduce yourself, leave your materials and ask for referrals. Place an ad under ‘pets’ in the classified section of your local paper and in the pet-grooming section of your local Yellow Pages.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a van (or an old but serviceable motor home if you already have one) set up for pet grooming with a tub, grooming table, generator or outdoor cords long enough to give you access to an outside power supply and, of course, all your grooming tools and supplies.

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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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