If you are an animal lover, then it’s a character trait that will be a part of your personality forever. Loving animals and caring passionately about their well-being is something that never goes away; it’s commonly thought that a love for animals even grows stronger the older you get.
When you think about careers, you don’t have to disregard your love of animals as something that will only ever be a hobby. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ve likely wondered how you can combine the two.
There’s a number of ways to monetize working with animals and grow your own small business. The pet industry and increased emphasis on pet wellness means that new ideas and opportunities are explored often, so why shouldn’t you be a part of it? With that in mind, here are five small business ideas for animals lovers.
1. Start your own vet practice
If your passion for animals goes beyond simple care and appreciation, then you might want to consider becoming a veternarian. Make sure that you are serious about this venture because the training it takes to achieve vet certification isn’t for the faint hearted! If you love science and medicine just as much as love animals, then training to become a veterinary surgeon could be a natural business and career path.
If you plan to start your own business as a vet, setting up a practice can require a significant amount of funding. However, it is achievable for those with the qualifications, ambition and openness to start a group vet practice to share the investment and risk.
2. Run a kennel or cattery
Having your own kennel (for dogs) or cattery (for cats) is a great way to start a home business. These boarding structures can provide a high quality home away from home for pets whose owners take short or long trips. Consider local rules and regulations before starting a certified kennel or cattery. Meanwhile, you don’t have to commit to years of training and can grow at your own pace.
3. Teach old dogs new tricks as a trainer
If you have a special bond with dogs, then why not consider becoming a dog trainer. This requires not only an affinity with animals, but also the commitment to gain specific qualifications. There will always be a stream of new dog owners that want to pay for some extra professional help to make sure their pets are well-behaved and trained. If you have a knack for making connections with dogs, then dog training could be a profitable and enjoyable career path.
4. Start a dog walking business
Starting a dog walking business is something any person can do, no matter what level of expertise or qualifications you happen to have. Busy households don’t always have time to walk their dogs during the day. So if you are looking for a flexible career (away from the confines of an office desk), and you live in an area with a high number of pet owners, there is potential.
You’ll need to be fit and committed to walk dogs in all weather as required. If you live close to a park or green space, even better. You can get started by posting ads on community sites, social media platforms, or delivering flyers locally.
5. Unleash your creative talents a groomer
To become a dog groomer you certainly need to have some natural talent, but there is a degree of training that needs to be completed before you can start offering your services. Once trained or experienced, there will be an initial startup costs for equipment (e.g., mobile grooming van or retail premises and equipment), but once you are ready to go, dog grooming can be a rewarding and savvy career choice for those with a talent for making pets look their best!
These are just several ways entrepreneurial-minded animal lovers and monetize their passion. These career paths are easily accessible with few barriers to entry.
Craig Lebrau is the CMO of Media Insider, a Wyoming-based PR company that aims to disrupt the way companies communicate their brand in the digital era.
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