Here’s Everything You Need to Start a Pet Sitting Business
December 13, 2020 251 views
Tips, Insights, and Resources For Starting Your Pet Sitting Business
About This Post
In this post, you’ll find links to articles and resources related to starting and running a pet sitting business. The resources are organized in sections and cover a wide variety of topics. Before you reach them further down the page, I’d like to go over a few key issues for you to review concerning your new business idea.
Let’s get started.
Are You Suited for This Opportunity?
To be successful in any venture, you need to be interested in what you’re doing. If you lack interest in your work and problems appear, you won’t be focused on solutions. You’ll be thinking of ways to get out of the business. For more see, Passion – An Important Key You Need to Succeed in Business.
Suppose you’re a pet lover and enjoy taking care of animals and being around them all day long. In that case, you have the option to turn your love for pets into an opportunity.
Do You Have the Necessary Skills?
You’ll need to be able to deal with animals and have the patience needed to take care of pets. Remember, you may have different pets in your care simultaneously, which means you have pets that don’t play well with others.
Below are a few sections touching upon some of the issues to consider for this type of business.
Is There a Demand for Pet Sitting In Your Area?
Before you start your business, you need to determine if there is enough demand in your area. If there is no demand, then there is no reason to open a business.
You can search online for pet sitting for your area. If you have a local pet store, you could ask them if they know of any pet sitting services. You could also ask them if a lot of people make inquires about pet sitting.
Petsitting comes with liabilities. It would make sense to take a first aid course for pets in case of an incident. It’s your responsibility to know how to handle a sick or injured pet.
In addition to first-aid knowledge, make sure you have insurance that will cover you against accidents and misfortunes. Contact a company or broker that deals with insurance to make sure you have sufficient coverage.
Are you planning on any add-on services, like pet grooming or dog walking, etc.? Having a variety of services gives your customers more options. They may choose your service because of the add ons.
With add ons, you want to make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin. You don’t want to provide other options if you can’t provide excellent service for each add-on.
Getting the Word Out and Getting Customers
How will you get customers? This is an important task for any business. Without customers, you don’t have a business. You could advertise to get your customers, like in the local paper, online ads, your website, etc. There are a few ideas I can think of that can help get you started.
Local Pet Stores
Contact the local pet supply store and speak with the owner to see if they would recommend your business to any customers interested in your service. In return, you could also recommend their store to your customers and on your website.
Or offer them a percentage of the revenue generated by every customer they refer. If you want to keep it simple, you could offer a one-time referral fee for each customer they send your way.
Local Animal Shelter.
Get in touch with your local animal shelter and let them know about your services. They have people that come and inquire about adopting an animal, and these people are potential customers. You could offer a donation for each referral they send your way. This helps keep the doors open for the shelter.
Attend any events that have something to do with pets, socialize with people there, and let them know about your services. You could also be one of the sponsors for the show and have a booth.
Delivery and Advertising Combined
You could add a pick-up and drop-off option to your pet sitting service. This is convenient for pet owners, and it gives you a chance to advertise right on your vehicle.
Every time you’re picking up or dropping off pets, others see your van with your contact information.
You could get a wrap for your vehicle. It’s a vinal that is heated and sticks to your vehicle’s exterior. It’s cheaper than paint and allows you to remove it and change your message if needed.
You want a design that stands out, with your contact information clear from a distance and while your vehicle is in motion.
You should use your vehicle when shopping or running errands because you’re advertising in parking lots and on city streets.
Now For The Resources
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, here are the resources and steps to start your pet sitting business. The resources are organized in sections for your convenience. It took some time to gather all of them and organize them. There is a lot of information to go through, and you won’t be able to touch upon all of them from one visit, but the good news is they are here any time you need them.
All the best, and good luck with your business!
A Collection of Resources Related to Starting a Pet Sitting Business
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