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Thursday, 15 September 2011
Start a Pet Business & Industry
6. Start a Pet Business & Industry
The pet industry is enjoying growth at a time many other industries are stagnant or shrinking due to the economy.The pet industry is a massive market where there are plenty of opportunities to start a business. You can guarantee that people love their pets as much as they love their family members,in fact some owners have pets as a substitute for family members. For this reason, many people are looking for ways to help them to care for their pets. If you love animals and have some basic skills dealing with them, you could turn this into a business.
There are wide variety of careers and businesses related to pets, including Pet Sitting, Pet Photography and even Pet Psychology. If you like to work with your hands, you can make pet clothing (even Halloween costumes are popular these days!), or install pet doors, or bake dog treats. Pet food is the fastest growing segment when it comes to pet products. Dogs get to choose from a variety of branded food and snacks these days.
Pet jewellery has a big export market, pet owners are more conscious about how their pet looks, and moreover ,Pet sitters, are able to provide a shelter for pets while their owners travel. If you have the experience to do grooming as well then this is another of many options available to you. There can be many other ways you can provide pet services and make a business out of it.
Some of the hottest pet industry business trends include organic pet food, computerized identification tags, touch-activated toys, digital aquariums, pet spas and pet costumes. The pet segment is also relatively easy to enter -- not only is there large opportunity for product innovation, but many businesses can be started at home.
Consumers are spending more than $50 billion, on such things as pet vitamins, travel expenses, kennels and boarding, and food treats, among other things,so pet entrepreneurs must understand the market they are targeting and the business logistics of their product or service.
Pet spending does not appear to be slowing. People's attitude toward their pets changing anytime soon. They'll continue to buy pet products and services, which makes for happy manufacturers.
In the pet industry, there are various fields you can specialize in or offer in your business. For example, you may wish to invest some time in getting a pet groomer’s certificate so that you can provide this service to clients in your local area. There are various online courses that use interactive DVDs but I would join a course that is hands on so you know what to expect from real live pets, just Google “pet groomer course” for some examples of courses available in your local area.
If you are not interested in obtaining a license or studying for a course, there are still pet businesses you can do. As an example, one of the largest growing businesses in inner cities is pet walking businesses. During the day, you simply pick up the pet and take him or her for an extended walk. A lot of patience and understanding of pets is a must; anybody can walk dogs but if you don’t like pets then don’t force yourself into this job.
then don’t force yourself into this job.
As well as pet walking a more popular option is a pet sitting business, pet owners drop off their pets at your home, you care for the pet during the day, and then the pet owner picks them up and takes them home. With this option you will need to provide boarding for owners pets. Depending on your setup you can stipulate time limits of short or long stays and price accordingly. It could be in the form of a day care centre or for longer periods of time a boarding setup,which needs more work in the form of health care and grooming ect. This type of sitting service can be very lucrative and requires just supervision of the animal, feeding and looking after them throughout the day. For a pet lover,this is an easy home business to take on.
Things to keep in mind!
A few points to keep in mind in the pet industry home based business industry,for example,you will need to have the experience necessary to handle these animals. You also need to keep your home in compliance with local pet laws by not boarding too many animals. If you have a fenced in yard this will also help your efforts and encourage more business.
If you are ready to take on a pet industry business in your home, start by learning more about your options. Design a website to help you market your business,talk to locals about what they are looking for. You could start by producing flyers and post them around your local area,you might be surprised at the response.
Pets that are well taken care of are more likely to be healthy and happy. A happy pet keeps his owner happy. Everything that comes for free is priceless. The emotional value of a pet, the unconditional love they provide us is priceless yet precious and no amount of money can replace that. I feel pets truly deserve to be pampered like a prince or princess.The growth of pet industry is also providing large number of job opportunities apart from contributing to the country’s revenue.