10 Small Business Ideas for Animal Lovers
1. Pet Sitting
Business trips, family vacations, romantic getaways - there are always times where pet owners are forced to keep their furry friends behind. This job often includes feeding, walking, and small grooming chores. Pet sitting isn't the most creative of side businesses, but it's a classic for a reason.
Alternatively, if you have upscale accommodations, you might consider opening your own at-home, luxury boarding facility. Private rooms or live streaming are hot sellers for those with ritzy tastes.
2. Dog Doo Cleanup Service
If you have a weak stomach, this isn't the job for you. However, if you're an animal lover yourself, it's likely that you're used to the less-than-savory habits of your favorite pooch. If you have a free weekday and live in a fairly well-to-do neighborhood (or one filled with busy fur moms and dads), you can make a healthy profit arranging to clean neighbors' yards of their pets' messes.
3. Doggie Play Date Planner
While it might sound a little silly to most of us, our furry friends need friends too! This is especially important to puppies, who need to be socialized not only to interact with other puppies but to understand the social hierarchy that comes with older dogs too. Arranging dates for a nominal fee is a great way to earn some quick cash and help man's best friend at the same time if you are able to host a few of these playdates at your own home.
4. Dog Walking
If you have an athletic side, dog walking can be a fun and profitable business - especially if you can hold more than one leash at a time. There are many online services like SitterCity, but you could also post flyers and start with your own circle of friends.
5. Livestock Raising
Taking on livestock - or any animal for that matter - is no small task. However, for those with the initiative and time, it can be a profitable endeavor. Even those with little extra space can often raise small animals like rabbits. Goat milk has become profitable in recent years as a gourmet food or an alternative to highly processed cow's milk. Just be mindful of government regulations on raw foods if you plan to sell outside of your own circle.
6. Animal Clothing and Bedding
While this requires a little sewing skill, most pet clothing can be made on the machine or with a few simple stitches. Alternatively, you can frequent thrift stores and yard sales to find gently used items for resale. Bedding is also another popular choice and can be sold for a large profit. Gently used bedding is hard to find, however.
7. Pet Toys
Most pet toys are fairly easy to make but can be sold for a tidy sum. Catnip toys, especially if you use organic or homegrown catnip, are an excellent niche market. Sewn products are an easy sell, but stuffed yarn balls are easy to make. Of course, people have more than just cats and dogs, so research all kinds of toys for all kinds of species.
8. Homemade Pet Treats
Organic, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO: all are specialty human food product categories that consistently sell. As this trend continues, more pet owners are becoming concerned with their pets' diets. Baked treats that cater to a specific diet are easy to make and sell.
9. Pet Grooming
Whether you want to open your own boutique or take on a few choice clients in the garage, pet grooming can be a great business for those with a creative side. It can be a little more stressful than some of the other jobs on this list, because not only do you have to keep frazzled pets calm and happy, but satisfy the owners' demands as well.
10. Pet Photography
If you have a creative side that needs to be itched, pet photography is a booming business in some communities. These pictures can be cutesy, silly pictures of Fido in a tiara and crown to a serious family portrait.