Guest post from Kayleigh Alexandra
With most offices and workplaces closed and many of us working from home for extended periods during 2020, the number of people bringing a new dog into their family has skyrocketed. This means that 2021 is the perfect time to start a dog-related business — so here are four great ideas you should consider.
Mobile Dog Grooming Business
Most dogs need regular grooming to keep their coats in good condition. But with many pet owners having extremely busy lives, mobile grooming services that make it as convenient as possible are becoming more popular.
Startup costs for a mobile dog grooming business can be quite high. You’ll have to invest in the right van or trailer that has all the equipment you’ll need such as a power generator, water, a washing space, sink and table.
However, once you’ve invested in getting set up your ongoing costs won’t be too much, and as a business dog grooming can be very profitable.
You’ll have to maintain your vehicle, pay insurance, and keep your equipment up to date. As you’ll be driving a lot it’s also worth considering using a fuel card to save some money when you’re filling up. Fuel cards are a credit card that businesses can use exclusively for paying for petrol — they often offer a discount and give you a better overview of your fuel expenses.
Dog Walking Service
Starting up a dog walking business is a perfect, flexible job for someone who enjoys spending time with dogs and getting outdoors and exercising. And as workplaces start to open up post-COVID, people that have gotten new dogs while working from home will be heading back to the office. This means there’s going to be a lot of demand for dog walkers to take dogs out during the day while their owners are back in work.
You won’t need any formal training or qualifications, but having some might demonstrate that you’re reliable and know what you’re doing. And it’s a good idea to have quite a bit of experience with dogs. You could volunteer at a local kennel or animal rescue centre to get more confidence with walking dogs.
If you’re going to have the dog owner’s keys and be accessing their home to collect the dog then you may need certain background checks as well. And you need to ensure that you follow all rules and regulations about the number of dogs you can take out at once, keeping records, and cleaning up after the dogs.
It’s also important to invest in business insurance tailored specifically for dog walkers to make sure you’re covered for any injuries or damage to property.
Sell Dog Accessories
Dog owners are willing to spend a lot of money on accessories, toys, and clothing for their pets. All you need to get started is some creative ideas and the skills to produce dog clothing yourself. You could make anything from knitted dog jumpers to brightly patterned leads. For more complicated products you can work with a manufacturer, which will also make it easier to scale your business.
You can set up your own website to sell your accessories, attend pet-related events, or sell your products wholesale to dog retailers.
As things start getting back to normal in 2021 and people can travel more, there’s going to be a lot of demand for dog kennels as well.
However, this dog business idea isn’t quite as easy to set up as some of the others. Firstly, you’ll need a property that has enough space to house multiple dogs comfortably in purpose-built kennels. And you’ll need to get appropriate licences, which usually requires someone to come and inspect your kennel set-up to make sure you can provide adequate shelter.
If you don’t have this set-up you could look after one or two dogs at a time in your home. Or go round to people’s homes while they are away to feed the dogs and take them out for walks.
With so many new dog owners post-COVID, 2021 is going to be a great time to start a dog business. And once you’ve spent a little bit of money on your business set up you should be able to make a good profit, while also getting to spend your time working with dogs.