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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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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 Photography

Got a passion for pets? Take their photos.

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Pet Photography

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

As an animal lover, I cannot imagine a business that would be more fun and rewarding than operating a pet photography service. Unfortunately, I am not a very good photographer, but if you are and you love pets, then what are you waiting for? Start a pet photography service!
Owners of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, champion livestock, birds, and even fish can all be potential customers. Full-time or part-time, operate the service on a mobile basis, from a homebased studio, or from pet shops, or combine all to cover all the bases.
Making the experience fun for pets and their owners will also go a long way toward securing repeat business and a ton of referrals, so liven things up with pet costumes, themed backdrops, and by offering pet videotaping services, complete with music, titles, and special effects. Likewise, to boost profit potential also offer a wide assortment of products that customers can have their pets’ photographic images transferred onto’key tags, greeting cards, calendars, mugs, hats, T-shirts, sports bags, and bumper stickers.

The Market

Pet lovers.

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Pet Businesses

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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