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5 Things Most People Who Start a Home Pet Sitting Business Forget

December 21, 2011

Be aware, before you start counting your neighborhoods pets to see how much money you will make, consider this list of 5 things most people who start a home pet sitting business forget:

1. Business Plan

Every business no matter how profitable your friends tell you needs a business plan. Yes, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2009/2010 survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet; you need to do the leg work to find out if you are in a neighborhood that has that excess cash.

2. Select a Pet Category

Yes, as much as you want to take any paying customers, there are some cats, some dogs and some exotic animals that don’t mix well. As you may have learned from experience, that some are not going to get along with others.

3. Select a Niche

Are you going to be a high-end at home business, where your clients will be able to log in via the web to see their beloved pet playing around or taking a nap, or are you going to be the affordable solution? You can’t be all things to all people.

4. Personalities

You will have to figure a system to interview your potential clients (the pets) to see how they would get along with others or have a space for those clients with behavioral issues.

5. Make Sure You Have the Space

Space is crucial especially if (as mentioned above) you’ll need to separate pets based on behavior or size. If customers are going to be bringing their dogs who weigh over 75 pounds. Dogs need exercise about an hour twice a day, and they need an area to play with other dogs.

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