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Work From Home Ideas - Pet Sitting - Dog Walking

  • Published: 2010-08-23 (Revised/Updated 2014-03-15) : Author: Julia Derby
  • Synopsis: Easy work from home ideas to set up a small home business and earn income at home.

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"Your expenses will include dog walking insurance and some advertising costs to promote your dog walking service."

Easy work from home ideas to set up a small home business and earn income at home.

These home business ideas require low start up costs and are relatively simple businesses to run. No formal qualifications or training are necessary and the more hours you put in the more money you can make. Find out if one of these easy work from home ideas is the perfect home business income opportunity for you.

Dog Walking Business

This can be both a fun and profitable home business. A professional dog walker takes clients' dogs for regular walks either one at a time or a number of dogs together. Dog walking is a growing industry as many families find their schedules are too busy to provide the regular exercise their pet needs.

The only real requirements for this type of service is a genuine affection for dogs and the physical capability to take the dogs for a walk. You do not have to be an animal expert although it is advisable to learn what you can about dog behavior and and dog care and safety. You can do this by reading the right books from your local library and researching the topic on the internet. You do need to be responsible and reliable. Commitment is essential - you still have to take the dogs out in bad weather and when you may not feel energetic or like walking!

Your start up costs are low. Your expenses will include dog walking insurance and some advertising costs to promote your dog walking service. Your dog walking fees vary greatly depending on where you live. The national average appears to fall between $15 to $20 for a half hour walk, however in some cities this can increase substantially. Group walks will increase your revenue. Depending on how many hours you put in a day you can earn a reasonable income from a dog walking business.

Pet Sitting Business

Pet owners use pet sitters to help them take care of their pets. There are over 63 million pet owners in the U.S. alone and many pet owners make use of a pet sitting service to look after their pets when they are at work all day or away on vacation or business. This is thriving home business industry and one of the best easy home business ideas.

Pet sitting involves visiting the pets in their homes and performing various pet care duties. These can include feeding the animals, walking the dogs, basic grooming, administering medications, changing litter boxes and cleaning up messes. Pet sitting services for pet owners away on vacation can also include picking up the mail, turning lights on and off and watering plants.

Again you need to genuinely love animals to start a pet sitter business. You should also be informed about taking care of the different types of pets and you can learn this yourself through research and reading. You need to be responsible and committed. Pet sitters typically work over holiday periods when pet owners are away from home.

Start up costs are low.

You will need pet sitting insurance to protect yourself against any liability claims. Advertising and marketing your business will require some initial investment. Once your business is established your running costs basically amount to transport costs and phone costs. No professional license is needed to become a pet sitter however you may need to get a general business license depending on your city and state requirements.

Your pet sitting prices will depend on your area.

The National Association of Pet Sitters estimates the national average for pet sitter fees to be about $16 per visit with each visit being 20 to 30 minutes long. You can earn extra money for each additional pet in the house and for any extra services you include.

These easy home business ideas may be the right opportunity for you to make money from home. Find out more at About a Pet Sitting Business

For more home business ideas and opportunities go to Julia Derby, the author, has many years experience in small and home business development and offers free advice and help.

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