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Pet Toys and Accessories

Play around with this fetching startup idea and design everything owners need to pamper their pets.

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Pet Toys and Accessories

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

Designing, manufacturing, and wholesaling pet toys could put you on the path to financial freedom, and best of all this is a business opportunity that can be started part-time from home on a minimal initial investment. There are literally thousands of different pet toys on the market and this is definitely a situation where it is not important that you build it first, only better.
 
The toys can be sold on a wholesale basis to pet retailers, or even directly to consumers via the Internet and mail order. I purchased two glow-in-the-dark balls for my dog from a man who was selling them right out of a knapsack in the park. The key to success in this type of business is to have a high-quality toy and the ability to get the pet toy in front of as many potential customers as possible.
 
Remember, pets are like children to most people and generally people will spare no expense when it comes to the happiness of their pets. That is why starting any new business that involves pets, or that is related to pets in any way, has already got a head start on the road to financial success.

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Pet Businesses

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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Pet Businesses

Kennels

Help keep travelers’ pets safe and healthy.

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Kennels

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

Business Overview

Starting a dog kennel has numerous and varied requirements that must be carefully planned for and researched prior to starting the business.
 
The investment needed to establish a dog kennel from the ground up can easily exceed $150,000, making this business venture one that should only be tackled by a seasoned business pro with experience in the industry. Additional revenues for a dog kennel can be earned by also providing customers with services, such as training instruction for their dogs, and selling related products, such as dog foods and leashes. Profit potential range is $25,000 to $150,000 per year.

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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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