If you are low on cash, but want a business; a very simple idea could get you started. This is a business where you need be flexible in your hours and could work part time. Eventually, you could expand to add services and also make it a full time business.
The business I speak of is Pet Sitting. If you love animals, this may be for you. This business can be a series of appointments or a month long gig. The person hires you to care for pets while they are away instead of boarding them.
It should be low cost to get started and you can set it up in several ways. Most likely you would like to test drive the idea on a part time basis. Give some thought to good organization and a business plan.
Colorado Springs pet sitter Stacy Walton says, “It’s a pretty simple business to get started. Some practical advice is to make sure you set up a “pet interview” before agreeing to any services. It’s important that the animal gets to know you and your scent before you are alone with them for your safety and theirs. It’s also good to make sure that all animals you help are up to date on their immunizations.”
If your skill mainly lies in you being a good pet companion with the whole goal of keeping the pet happy, entertained, and safe, you may also want to prove your reliability and trustworthiness and include services such as plant sitting and house sitting.
One pet sitter in Colorado Springs area is Stacy Walton, asked about her clients she replies, “Most of the people that use me for their pets are those that work long hours and need someone to stop by and give their furry friends some love, a potty break, or some exercise in the middle of the day. It started by helping out friends because being a stay at home mom of two young kids I have a little more flexibility in my “job” to be able to help people out; then I thought there must be more people out there who could use my services. I can also help seniors who have beloved pets but can’t do the long walks some dogs may require; I can also run animals to the vet or pick up food for those that can’t get to the store for time or physical reasons.”
A pet sitter must be knowledgeable about the pet they are taking care of and pets in general. So first thing, you should attempt to get a background in pet care. Books are a great beginning, but there is nothing like hands on experience. You can get this by volunteering at a shelter, or veterinarian. You need to know basic health care for pets, signs of serious distress or illness, and some basic pet nutrition do’s and don’ts.
Check with your local shelters etc. for chances to learn more about pets. They always need volunteers.
To advertise, when you are ready, ask family and friends to spread your news by ‘word of mouth’, you can use notices on bulletin boards and Craig’s list.
“One thing is for sure…you have to love animals. My animals are just as much a part of my family as my kids and I understand that people expect you to treat their furry friends with love and respect. It also takes a certain amount of flexibility in schedule because people generally need help during the “normal” business hours so you have to be available when most people are not.”, said Stacy. To reach Stacy –call 719-369-9998 to arrange for your pet services.
This can be a rewarding and fun business, but you must learn what you can and become sort of an expert so you can care for pets properly.