In these tough economic times it is hard to make ends meet and many people are opting for home based businesses to help pay the bills. In Southern California, one of the fastest growing home based business is home dog boarding. Did I mention, you have to love dogs?
What You Need to Start
Besides experience with dogs, the first thing you need to start a pet sitting business is a home that has a good sized back yard or is appropriate for dogs. Then you should decide how many dogs and what type you can comfortably manage. While you can offer home sitting in an apartment, you are not able to offer large dogs the area they need to run. If you do not know anything about dog training, you can take a couple of courses at your local pet store or read a few books for very little investment. Basic training skills will go a long way to keeping a calm and peaceful environment in our home for the visiting and resident dogs.
Promote Your New Home Dog Boarding Business
Those who live in California and soon throughout the United States, can post their dog boarding and pet sitting business with Dog Vacay which will generate appropriate customers for you once you qualify to be featured. This beats posting in your local newspaper or on Craig’s List in your area. Talk to local veterinarians and dog stores about advertising in their venues. Finally, once you have a couple of clients, you will get plenty of business by simple word of mouth and referrals.
Starting a home dog boarding business can be a rewarding way to make some extra money for yourself and your family. You are also offering families an affordable way for them to know that their cherished pet is in a warm and loving environment when they are away from home. Just make sure you are up to date on the best dog training techniques so you are able to handle any situation and that you maintain a clean and safe environment and constant communication with your clients.