Work From Home Business Ideas For Pet Lovers

by WorkFromHome on June 16, 2011

Would you rather spend your days with dogs, cats, fish and other pets instead of stuck in an office cubicle? Pet lovers are always sad to leave their furry friends at home when they go into the office in the morning, but if you are tired of spending your days penned up in a drab office it may be time to build your own business around your love of animals. Pet sitting, which involves providing care to others’ pets while they travel, is one of the biggest new home based businesses in Australia. Read on for how you can get started as a pet sitter in Australia.

Pet Sitting Is Growing In Popularity

Remember how much it cost you to put your pet dog in a kennel the last time that you travelled? While kennels charge a premium for dogs, there are very few care options available for owners of other pets. Even dog owners flinch at the idea of subjecting their pet to the impersonal care of an unfamiliar cage in a strange place for a week or two. Having to pay an exorbitant amount of money for the privilege just adds insult to injury! If you are comfortable caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, fish and other household pets then you can enjoy a great career as a pet sitter

As a pet sitter, you will visit your clients’ homes once or twice a day to check on their pets. You will feed them, change their water and as needed, clean their litter boxes or walk them. Whether you are in a large city like Melbourne or Sydney, or you are located in a more rural area, you are sure to find a market for your services. If you are comfortable working with more exotic animals, such as snakes, turtles and other reptiles, then you can expect to enjoy an even higher income from your work.

Busy Professionals Need Pet Sitting For Late Nights

Loving pet owners hate to leave their dogs and cats without human companionship for hours on end, but with growing commutes and working hours, many professionals are forced to leave their homes early in the morning without being able to return until late at night. As a pet sitter, though, you can alleviate this scheduling difficulty by stopping by your clients’ homes once a day to walk their pets and provide some much needed company.

Dog owners especially need someone to stop by to walk their pets, as dogs, unlike cats, are not litter box trained. Dogs also need a great deal of exercise each day. Busy professionals may not be able to provide the type of strenuous exercise that their dogs need during the work week, but they will be happy to pay you to provide this care to their dogs. Professionals, particularly those who do not have children, generally have the highest levels of disposable income in Australia, which makes them ideal targets for your new business.

Connect With Pet Owners To Start Your Business

Pet sitters can jump start their new venture by taking stock of their skill set. Ask yourself if you are truly comfortable caring for all pets, or if you would prefer to not have charge of the care of exotic pets, such as snakes or large dogs. Once you have identified the types of pets that you want to work with, it is time to begin to advertise for potential clients.

Veterinarian offices are a great place to advertise for potential new pet sitting clients. Veterinarians have dozens or even hundreds of different pet owners coming through their office doors each week, but they generally do not offer pet boarding services or pet sitting services. This means that they are likely to be amenable to allowing you to put your business card on their counter.

If you are feeling ambitious, you can also ask them if they would like to enter into an arrangement with you for referrals. For every pet sitting referral that results in a new client, you can send them a percentage of the first pet sitting fee or a set fee. This will give the receptionist or even the veterinarian himself a financial incentive to remember your name when a pet owner asks for a pet sitting recommendation in the future.

Dog groomers also offer a complementary service, so reach out to local businesses in your area to see if they are interested in a partnership. You can provide a referral fee to them or you can offer to recommend their services to your clients in return for similar recommendations by the dog groomer. See which option is preferable to your new business partner, and go from there.

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