The number of pet owners continues to grow each year and so do the businesses that serve those owners and their growing list of pet needs. Pet Stores, Pet Day Spas, Pet Vacation Planners (yes, that’s a thing!) and many more pet businesses are just waiting to be started.
Some of the greatest opportunities lie in the suburbs surrounding major cities. These suburbs often have a healthy and growing population of individuals that live and work in the city, have disposable incomes, are very strapped for time, and are looking to do business with services close to home.
Take You Heavenly Dog, for example, a Dog Groomer in Bellevue TN, they are located just outside of the Greater Nashville area. Not an actual town, Bellevue is a neighborhood on the west side of Nashville that has it’s own community, restaurants and parks. The pet owners that live there often search for local businesses to do work with as opposed to searching for businesses serving all of Nashville. This presents the perfect opportunity for a Dog Walking or Pet Grooming service to quickly gain a local client base without having to compete directly with the larger, more established businesses of a major city like Nashville.
These Communities are Everywhere
There’s more good news – These communities are everywhere! For every one large city, there are dozens of “bedroom” communities shooting out in every direction from the city and growing in depth. Here are some of the Pet Services that are likely in high demand near you:
1. Pooper Scooper Service
Let’s start with the least glamorous and work our way up. If you can read this without immediately leaving, then you likely have a passion for animals that could make you great asset for the pet care industry. Let’s face it, dogs poop. A lot. And there are legitimate needs for services that can handle the dirty work cleaning up backyards, public areas, walkways and bike paths. A nice living can be had by those willing to do what others aren’t. It requires very little investment and almost zero special skills. This is as close to a “start today” business as you’re gonna get with next to nothing needed but a flyer and your business license. The biggest drawback (besides the obvious one of cleaning up feces all day) is that you won’t be working – directly – with the animals. But package it as a monthly service, and you’ll have some recurring revenue in no time.
2. Pet Sitting
There will always be a subset of dog owners that are not comfortable putting their pets up in a boarding house while they’re away – this is where pet sitters come in. Keeping their pets comfortable and in a familiar environment in order to minimize stress on their pets is usually the top priority for these pet owners and they will pay accordingly. Developing rapport and a trustworthy persona is key for a Pet Sitter’s business success, but once you’ve earned a pet owners trust you’ll find your nights and weekends filled with paying pet playdates. To a dog or cat lover, that sounds like a pretty good gig!
3. Pet Grooming Service
While this Pet Service business opportunity requires a bit more investment up front, it can be a very profitable business on the back end. Starting a Pet Grooming Service will require a location (or mobile grooming station), bathing equipment, grooming stations, clippers, scissors and lots of shampoo. But once you’ve achieved the basic setup – the job involves hundreds of hours of direct time with some very cute pets! And you get to help bring out the best in every pet! Nothing makes a pet owner happier than a clean and pretty fur baby. Developing a series of trademark styles to add that extra special something is a great way to add some additional fun to your new routine. Most pets are groomed every 30 – 90 days creating a natural recurring revenue situation. Do a good job and your furry friends are likely to be with you for years to come.
4. Dog Walking Service
Last but not least on our list of pet services is Dog Walking. If you’re looking for a career that pays great, has flexible hours, and a built in exercise program(!), dog walking could be the perfect side gig for you. It’s common for suburbs surrounding rapidly growing cities to find themselves suddenly overrun with new residents and their infrastructure lagging behind. A lack in dog parks and walking trails can leave pet owners with limited options for getting their pets exercise. Scouting out your suburb to find those hidden gems, or creating your own, could give you a real edge over any competition that might be popping up in the growing area. You can check out some more marketing tips for your service here.
There are dozens more opportunities for those willing to do the research and get to work. If you’ve ever dreamed of working with animals on a daily basis, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Develop a great reputation and you can enjoy a strong demand for your services for years to come.