Friday, March 26, 2021

Turn Your Love Of Animals Into A Business

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Love animals? There could be a way of making money from your passion. This could allow you to be around animals all day, while making an income from it. The pet industry has seen a huge boom over the last decade, while industries like farming are in high demand. Now could be your time to get involved.

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Find your niche

Just what kind of animal-related business should you start? There are so many options from starting a wool farm to opening horse racing tracks like Belinda Stronach. Some of these options are likely to involve acquiring land, which is something you’ll need to find funding for.

Pets tend to be a popular niche - within this niche, dogs tend to be the most popular option. A few examples of dog-related businesses could include:

  • Dog walking
  • Dog sitting
  • Dog training
  • Dog grooming
  • Selling dog toys/equipment/food
  • Becoming a dog breeder
  • Starting a dog shelter

Educate yourself

When getting into any industry, you need to take time to educate yourself. This will allow you to carry out your job to a high standard and gain trust of customers. 

In the case of something like dog grooming, it could be essential to take a course so that you understand different types of dogs and their individual grooming needs. If you’ve never run a business before, it could also be important to develop an understanding of elements such as accounting and marketing. 

Scope out the competition

There are likely to be other businesses out there doing what you’re doing. Research into your competitors in order to see how you can set yourself apart. For instance, if there are other dog grooming services locally, you may be able to take a different approach such as setting up a portable dog grooming service or catering to specific types of dogs. Or if you plan to train dogs, you can introduce more effective ways of training or use better equipment for a board and train dog training facility.

Work out how to fund it

Starting a business can be expensive. This isn’t the case with all businesses - a dog-walking business can be set up without requiring any money. However, businesses such as starting a farm or opening a cat cafe could require a lot of investment up front.

Some people are able to fund businesses using savings, however most people seek out business loans or get help from investors. When it comes to business loans, shop around for different options - you could consider banks, private lenders or peer-to-peer lending. When it comes to investors, there are options such as crowdfunding or angel investors. 

Develop a marketing strategy

Want to start attracting customers? You’ll need to start marketing yourself. The best marketing strategy for you depends a lot on the type of business you’re running. If you’re running a dog walking service, you may want to try advertising through social media and local ad sites. If you’re planning on starting a farm, you may need to work out a way of selling your product to local retailers (with things like eggs and honey) or local manufacturers (with products like wool). 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

3 Things You Should Never Do As A Pet Owner

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Becoming a pet owner is a massive responsibility - one that a lot of people don't appreciate. There are so many sad stories of pets that have been mistreated by their owners, and a lot of the time it's not necessarily intentional. It's more to do with the fact that you don't know how to properly look after a pet. Obviously, this is bad for the pet, but people don't realize the effort that goes into looking after a furry little friend. 

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So, to help you become a better pet owner, here are three things you absolutely should never do as the owner of a pet:

Never assume that there's one rule for every pet

If you hop online and look for pet advice, you'll find many different things being said. This is because all pets are different! Looking after a cat is inherently different from looking after a dog. Speaking of which, with dogs, you have different breeds, all of which require different levels of attention. For example, some dogs only need to be walked once a day, while others need to be out walking three or four times! 

As such, you can't assume that what works for one pet will work with yours. You have to actually do the right research, ensuring that you look after your pet as best as you can. 

Never be lazy with their food

Similarly, you have to understand how to feed your pet. Again, dogs are the perfect example of where certain things are better for some pets than others. Many dog owners always wonder; what is the best dog food? In reality, the best dog food is whatever is best for your dog. A puppy needs different food from an adult dog, smaller breeds need a specific blend, and so on. You can't get lazy when feeding a dog - you have to understand what is best for their specific diet. 

Naturally, the same rule applies to all pets. The worst thing you can do is go to the shop and pick up the first pet food product you see. You have no idea if it is good for your pet or not, so make sure you do the research beforehand!

Never neglect your pet

Lastly, you should never neglect your pet. If your pet wants attention, it's likely because they need something. Cats are a fantastic example - when they meow, it's probably because they need you to do something for them. It could indicate that they want food, water, or to go outside for some exercise. Dogs are the same, as are all pets - when they talk, you better take notice of them. 

Plus, pets have feelings just like humans. If you neglect them, they can become depressed and upset. Not to mention how harmful it can be on their overall health. 

If you want to be a good pet owner, be sure you never do the three things listed above. To condense some advice down into one word, the best thing to do is research your pet. Look up everything there is to know about your specific pet and how to look after them, this will make it easier for you to be a good owner!


Sunday, March 14, 2021

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