Start a Profitable Pet Sitting Business
While the idea of a pet sitting business may some odd to many, it is actually a very
lucrative industry. The home-based and commercial pet sitting industries are literally
exploding in popularity in the U.S. and abroad.
Currently, pet sitting businesses are one of the easiest, less riskiest and most profitable
businesses to start as there are no substantial costs to look after pets. Over 40 million
U.S. households own at least one dog, and Americans spend over $34 Billion a year caring
for their animals. In addition, over 47 Million U.S. households own more than one pet.
The statistics and market trends speak for themselves. The fact is owning a home-based or
commercial pet sitting service can generate anywhere from several thousand to several hundred
thousand dollars in additional income, regardless of which region or country you reside in.
There is a fast-growing trend, not only in the U.S., but Canada, and other countries to
find a loving, caring pet sitting service in their area, and in most cases, price isn't
much of a factor. Many surveys have been conducted, and pet owners are choosing independent
pet sitting services over the mainstream kennel.
Think about it? Why would a pet owner drop their little companion off at a kennel where
they are caged for most of the day, while they are off at work or on vacation. A pet that
is not cared for equally as it is accustomed to, whether it be for a day or several days
can impose a damaging psychological effect.
For about the same price, more or less, a pet owner can look to Magazines, Newspapers,
Direct Mailings or the Yellow Pages where they can bring their pet to a loving, caring
place such as a home pet sitting service. Not a jail cell.
As a pet sitting business owner, referrals will come gradually in a concerted manner.
The most difficult part during the start-up phase of this kind of business is finding the
first five to ten clients. After that, the client referral snowball will begin as your
clients will refer others to your business and pretty soon, you'll need to hired help to
take care of all of the pets.
Please keep in mind, that there are numerous types of services you can provide, such as
visiting the owners home to take pets for walks when they are absent, or by keeping a
watchful eye over the pet owners home by not only caring for their animals but also
watering their plants, maintaining their aquarium, performing security checks, or mowing
their lawn. In addition, you can arrange for doggie-day-care outings and arrange for dogs
to play in the parks. You can also provide taxi services to the veterinary appointments
and grooming visits, and also deliver pet food to homes and other places.
Before the first year is out, a home based business could pull $100k USD income, while a
commercial pet sitting service at a public location can generate up to $500k USD and more.
You are ultimately the one that determines how much money you'll make in the business as
you'll be the one that attracts clients. If you take an active approach, you will soon learn
that owning and operating a pet sitting business can be extremely profitable.