Working mothers are always looking for that ideal flexible option when thinking about returning to work. A pet business may be just the right thing for you. Steph Mylchreest from Pet Insurance explains why.
Over the past couple of years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of pet businesses popping up all over the UK. The reason for this: people are all too often cash rich and time poor when it comes to their four legged friends. As the numbers of pet ownership has grown so have the hours and days people work leaving them little time to give their pets the TLC they need. And the reason why pet businesses make such good start ups? Because they can be taken on part time, need no initial capital and the rewards are not only financial but emotionally fulfilling too!
Dog Walking Start Up
A dog walking start up is ideal for those who already own a dog or just have a love of the canine variety. We’ve put together a list of reasons to help you decide if a dog walking business is right for you.
1. No need for childcare
This is the perfect venture for those with young children as they can be taken with them while walking and therefore there is no need for childcare or if you walk a dog anyway why not get paid for it?
2. Flexible work
This is flexible work also, although most likely to be needed during the day while their owners are at work, dog walking can be tailored to meet your schedule and you can even just do it for a few hours here and there without any real time commitments.
3. No initial capital needed
There is no big investment to start a dog walking business other than insurance which is a must if you are looking after other dogs and need to be protected should any accident or injury occur.
From Protectivity Insurance, a dog walking business policies start from £5.04 per month. You may decide to advertise locally (at your vet and in shop windows) and you could use your base of friends and family.
If you are a dog lover anyway then this one of the most rewarding jobs you can do. Seeing a happy doggy face at the end of a walk will make it all worthwhile.
5. Working Outside
This could be a benefit or a disadvantage for some people but you must be prepared to work outside in all weather conditions come rain, sun, snow, sleet or anything else the British weather can throw at you. It may pay to invest in some high quality boots and a nice warm coat!
Pet Sitting Start Up
Pet Sitting is a relatively new business area but is growing rapidly as those who own pets are no longer happy to leave them at home alone for long hours. This makes it a great start up venture with relatively low competition and incredibly easy to get started.
1. No initial capital needed
Like dog walking, there is no big investment needed to set up a pet sitting business. There will be a need for insurance and with policies from Protectivity Insurance starting at £5.05 per month this is a relatively small cost. It is also recommended to get a DBS check or more commonly known as a criminal record check which cost around £26. If you are entering someone else’s home this will make customers feel more at ease.
2. No overheads
Pet sitting can be done either at the pet owners home or your own meaning there is no need to buy or rent facilities. If you do it at your own home, it may be easy to combine with dog walking.
Owners will have everything their pet needs in their own homes so there is no need to buy additional equipment however if operating from your own home it might be a good idea to ensure your house is completely pet friendly!
3. Ability to add other services
When visiting others pet owners homes there is always the opportunity to offer other services such as dog walking, house sitting or gardening to really get the most financially from your time.
4. No need for qualifications
Although a love for pets is a necessity you do not need to be the next Dr. DoLittle. Although a qualification may look more impressive on your CV as long as owners and clients can see that you share a love for their four legged friends, you are reliable and have good references they will hire you.
We hope this has given you some inspiration to start your own pet business and help to decide whether this type of flexible working will fit you as a working mother. Whatever you do decide we wish you luck and hope your start up is as successful as possible!
Author: Steph Mylchreest. Steph is Marketing and Business Support Executive at Protectivity Insurance. Protectivity Insurance are a niche pet and sports and leisure business insurance specialists with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. They offer comprehensive insurance policies covering all pet business services.