During this edition of FranNet’s blog, we’re going to be talking about Man’s Best Friend. Oh, and cats too. That’s because the pet industry sector is booming. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans spent over $60 billion in pet-related expenditures last year. That’s a lot of dog biscuits.
Those who typically seek a pet-related franchise are serious animal lovers at heart and desire to create a business opportunity which speaks directly to their passion. Most, if not all, report extremely high levels of satisfaction in running a business that they love. The good news for pet lovers who are interested in an entrepreneurial journey which benefits our furry, four-legged friends, there are numerous directions to choose from, some beginning with relatively low-cost initial investment. Here are some of the most common franchise opportunities for pet-related franchises:
Doggie Day Care
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Why have your pooch lay on the couch all day in your absence, when it could be romping with other dogs through several specially designed indoor and outdoor play areas? Some of these burgeoning facilities have moved towards the addition of value-added services such as bathing, grooming, training and even routine veterinary care.
You don’t have to know how to groom a dog to open a pet grooming facility. In the ultimate semi-absentee franchise setup, you could simply sit back and manage the manager of your own personal pet spa. Because Americans are so unique in how they treats pets as family, the market forces are already in place for success.
Pet Supply Stores
Remember that $60 billion figure on pet-related spending? Much of it goes to pet supplies which includes a raft of items from dog food and collars to leashes and pet crates. These storefronts aren’t just for dogs and cats, however, as many branch out to include other pets. The addition of birds, reptiles, hamsters and rabbits can make for quite the product selection.
Pet Clean Up
This category might just be a fancy way to say “pooper scoopers.” But believe it or not, there is a market for this valuable service. Most who establish pet clean up franchises are interested in commercial contracts with private property, parks and residential living areas. According to the ASPCA, there are approximately 70-80 million dogs in the U.S. There’s a lot of business potential here, wouldn’t you say?
Pet-related franchises are popular for a good reason. They make up part of the fabric of our society and intertwine our daily lives. The level of money and care we spend on our pets today is a good indicator of market need. Should you feel the calling to establish a pet-friendly business of your own, we can help you get started.
Let’s chat! There’s a local FranNet consultant right in your market who knows that market inside and out – knows the personality of the market – knows the competitive landscape. FranNet has a great track record of assisting individuals on their path to entrepreneurship, and one of our franchise experts would love to provide you with guidance free of charge. Sound like something you might be interested in? Get started here and find your local consultant right now!