Do you like pets?
Can’t get enough of their furry coats or scaly skins?
Adore their trusting eyes and wet noses?
Can even put up with their claws and unusual hygiene habits?
Did you nod your head to the first four questions?
And to that last one?
Good – because it looks like you could be an excellent candidate to become part of the next generations of pet entrepreneurs.
If you’ve been in the employment doldrums recently, this blog might be the boost you need to start an exciting new career where you get to go (a little bit) wild every day and earn a decent living.
Read on for five weird and wonderful pet businesses where you can find fortune and fulfilment!
1. Pet detective
It’s a sad indictment of the state of society that pets go missing. And sometimes criminal activity is afoot.
Cats are kidnapped. Parrots are pinched. Snakes are swiped and stuffed into swag bags. By working as a pet detective, you can recover beloved pets, return them to owners and ensure criminals are banged to rights. Find out more from Career Explorer.
2. Pet Groomer
People pay big money to get their pets groomed. Especially dog owners. Lizards, not so much. But if you can learn how to handle the more furry pets gently and confidently, and you’ve got an eye for pet wellness and beauty, pet grooming is where it’s at.
You might also sell pet accessories as a side-line – there’s always a market for diamante dog collars and faux leopard skin leads.
3. Pet afterlife carer
Unfortunately, pets do eventually pass away. And like losing any loved one, this is a traumatic experience for any family, but especially one with young children.
However, by offering pet afterlife care, you can help families make it through with services like cremation, memorial mementos like paw casts, and thoughtful remembrance services that help the healing process. Take a look at The Wild Wood for an excellent example of this type of business.
4. Pet sitter
Pet owners have lives too – so they sometimes want to go out to the cinema, bowling or to a restaurant in exclusively human company.
Therefore if you’re confident with a range of animals, working as a pet sitter could be a rather nice side-line.
If the pets are active animals that need to be exercised outdoors, remember to reflect this extra duty in your fees.
5. Pet photographer
A professional photo of a pet can be very valuable to its owner – for instance, it can be used in promotional materials by pet models or simply retained as a treasured keepsake for generations to come.
Whether you want to capture a noble headshot of an Alsatian in repose or an action shot of a hamster hurtling around a wheel, you’ll need to ensure that your photography skills are on-point. To get started, look at these pet phot tips from Creative Live.
This quintet of weird and wonderful pet businesses should provide plenty of inspiration – now get enterprising!