Starting a pet sitting business is one of those helpful services for pet owners. And it's no surprise, business is booming in this industry!
This is a business you can launch today. Think about alternative ways to make this an inexpensive home business idea that's easy to implement from home with minimal start-up expenses.
I've known a couple of individuals who have started this type of business for <$250.
Or look for other alternative places where you can provide a larger operation housing pets on an overnight and longer-term basis.
As a good addition to my pet business ideas collection, it can be grouped with other ideas to grow your robust business for greater income.
Make sure to figure up all of the costs before you get started so you
don't have any surprises and develop a business plan to determine what
services you are going to offer and the price you'll charge for these
Contact your neighbors, family, or friends to let them know you’re starting your pet day care business. This is easily started from your home, have “Fido” and “Bruno” brought to you or visit “Fifi” and “Whiskers” in their environment (home) on a regular basis while the family travels.
Make sure you have what you need to care for the pets you’re sitting including crates, pet food, leashes, medicines “Whisker’s” may require, pet toys, etc.
Discuss the temperament and special needs of each animal with the owner prior to taking on the job so you know what will be involved in each pet sitting assignment.
As you know, each pet has their own unique personality and desires (just like children). Discussing these needs upfront with the owner will provide for a smooth experience when the owner is gone for an extended period.
If you're a stay-at-home Mom, starting a pet sitting business can be a
super way to care for your children at the same time while quickly make extra income without a large investment.
Determine if you’ll include pet walking in your business or if you’ll just keep the pets in one place. If you enjoy the outdoors and like walking/running, you may want to add this as part of your pet sitting services.
It will get you outdoors :) and allow you to multi-task by getting in some quality fitness time, get some family/friends time (take them along on your walks), and keeps “Fido” and “Bruno” on their daily exercise routine.
Starting a pet sitting business is a great service for single business professionals and families who may travel frequently or are away from the home for long hours throughout the day.
When starting a pet sitting business, attend networking groups along with local home/travel shows in your area.
Create a "catchy name", make up a business card and/or flyers to let people know about your services.
Contact local pet stores, pet shelters, animal hospitals, dog kennels, and other pet businesses to get the word out about your new business.
These businesses may need a reliable person to pet sit in the evenings, weekends, or holidays to allow regular staff time-off.
Resources: When you start your pet day care service, obtain a few good quality leashes,
doggie waste bags, treats (for both large/small dogs). You may also need a pet bowl for water
depending on the length of your walks. Have a good calendar, watch, or phone that keeps you on schedule with your pet responsibilities. You may also want to have a simple contract to help you remember all of the details you and the pet owner discussed -- what you'll do, what the owner will do, veterinary information, house access, price for services, etc.
Time Required: Part Time 8-10 hrs/wk; Full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: Knowledge and ability to handle all types of pets (sizes and disposition of dogs and other pets).
Make sure you can safely handle the pets you intend to walk – keeping yourself,
the pet, and other people/animals safe. Consider joining and/or online training opportunities with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
Market: Busy families/professionals who own pets, dog kennels, pet stores, animal hospitals, etc.
Home Based: Yes
Start-Up Costs: $50 - $250
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: When starting a pet sitting business, have pet owners provide the required equipment and food for their pets – this works best for you and the pet. This will keep your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum and it works well for the pet because they are being treated the same way as when their owner is there (creating familiar surroundings). You may choose to invest in a few pet treats and good quality leash that you’re comfortable with for walking dogs, etc. Make a small business card or flyer to leave with potential customers and have some reliable transportation for getting to the pets on a regular basis.