Month: June 2019

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Which Pet Industry Franchise Is the Right One for You?

Not All Are Created Equal

If you love pets and you’ve always wanted to own your own business, then the next logical step would be opening a business in the pet care industry! Pet care is on trend to become a $75 billion industry by the end of this year, so it’s no wonder why so many are getting involved in it. From boutique pet stores to doggie daycares, there’s a variety of opportunity to blend your love of animals with your entrepreneurial spirit. You also have options when it comes to what type of business you’ll own – will you operate an independent location or take advantage of a pet franchise business? Both are excellent options and each segment of the industry offers each. The first step in starting your journey to pet care business ownership is determining which segment of the industry you want to pursue.

Pet Stores

One option for a pet franchise business is to open a pet store. We’ve all seen them, and a lot of us patronize them on a weekly basis. They typically sell a wide range of pet supplies like food, treats, toys, and more. Some even incorporate dog training and grooming into their business model, for which you need more specialized employees. Owning a pet retail location can be lucrative but doesn’t necessarily give you hands-on experience with pets on a daily basis. Many people who deeply love animals want to be in more contact with them if they’re going into business in the pet care industry. While most pet stores welcome you to bring Fido along for the shopping trip, pet parents don’t always take advantage of this luxury, which means you see less pets and more product.

Additionally, the initial investment and franchise fees associated with pet stores are much higher than other pet industry franchises. Places like Pet Supplies Plus estimate a need of up to a million dollars in start-up costs needed to open the doors. You have to have a proper location then fill it with stock before you can do anything. While owning a pet store may be lucrative, it takes a lot to get going and doesn’t pay off in wet kisses and tail wags.

Pet Waste Removal

Believe it or not, pet waste removal is a thriving pet industry franchise. One of the real benefits of this type of franchise is that start-up costs are low. The most well-known franchise in the pet waste removal arena estimates initial investment at under $60,000. You also don’t need much specialized training or experience to get into the pet waste removal industry. However, pet lovers might generally say that this particular part of the pet care industry stinks! When working in pet waste removal, it’s unlikely that you’ll interact with dogs much at all. If they happen to be outside when you’re on-site for a job, you may get a few pets in, but the bulk of your time is spent focused on what they’ve left behind.

Additionally, pet waste removal may not be a stable part of the industry. This service is considered a luxury by many and when the economy takes a shift, it’s likely that this service will be one of the firsts to be cut. People tend to continue to patronize other pet franchise businesses even during a rough patch in the economy – pets still need to eat and be entertained – but pet parents can handle their furry family’s own waste.


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Pet Industry Numbers: Why Invest?


Doggie Daycare and Boarding

One of the hottest parts of the pet care industry is doggie daycare and boarding. Over the years, people have finally realized that dogs are social creatures and don’t thrive when they’re left alone all day while you’re at work. Doggie daycare provides a safe, stimulating space where dogs can learn and play with others and get that social interaction they so desperately seek. The dog care franchise has provided an excellent model for how pet lovers/entrepreneurs can open a location that offers a much-needed and much-valued service. While there are independent dog daycares, investing in a franchise with this particular type of pet care business tends to be more beneficial to all involved.

Just because you love dogs doesn’t mean you’re fit to run a doggie daycare. These businesses require specified training in both canine behavior and business management. Getting a room full of dogs to safely coexist requires some know-how! That’s why partnering with a dog care franchise like K9 Resorts is a smart move. A franchise already has a proven model of success, which means you inherit all that knowledge instead of going through your own trial and error. They’ve already formulated a franchise plan for comprehensive pet care, customer service, and business management that puts you ahead of the game by the time you open your doors.

Additionally, people know the brand and know what to expect when they use your services. Our pets are our family members and we don’t relinquish their care to just anyone. Kind of like choosing a daycare for our children, finding the perfect doggie daycare and boarding fit can be nerve wracking. That’s why people stick with brands they know and trust.

Perhaps one of the best parts of owning a dog care franchise is that you get to interact with dogs! Of all the pet franchise businesses available, this one may be one of the most interactive and fun for pet lovers – especially if you elect to be a hands-on business owner. A typical day in the doggie daycare world involves monitoring and playing with dogs for most of the day. You’ll be able to build lasting relationships with both the pets and the parents as part of your business ownership journey!

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What Goes Into Starting a Dog Daycare Business?

You’ll Need More Than a Love of Animals

The first step in starting a dog daycare is an undying love of the pets that you’re setting out to care for. However, a lot more goes into creating a successful business than a passion for what you’re doing. Opening a dog daycare can be a rewarding and lucrative business venture, but you need to be realistic about what you’ll need to get your business off the ground. There are options on the market – from starting your own independent operation to working with a trusted franchise like K9 Resorts – but no matter what route you take, there are some basic things to think about and plan for. Just like any business, opening a dog daycare takes careful thought and preparation, well before you sign on the dotted line. Here are some things to think through if you’re looking into starting a dog daycare of your own.

Equipment

While you might think all that dogs need is love and fresh air, that doesn’t exactly ring true when it comes to a pet care business. Determining what exactly you’ll need in opening a dog daycare is crucial to the business planning phase of your venture. Beyond four walls and an outdoor space (ideally) for your four-legged friends to run and play, you need a lot more equipment than you might think when starting a dog daycare. Things that are basic requirements to an elite business system are:

  • Cleaning supplies – This includes standard stuff like mops and brooms to disinfectants and surface cleaners. Keeping your business clean is critical when taking care of animals. Dogs can carry and spread diseases rapidly and daily disinfection is a must.
  • Dog stuff– Leashes, bedding, muzzles, crates, harnesses, first-aid kits, dishes, shampoo and grooming supplies. You’ll need all of this to take excellent care of these lovable creatures. Don’t forget poop bags and quality trash cans!
  • Front of house – You’ll need a POS system, software, computers, paper, printer, phone system, fax, organization, business cards, marketing materials, and even creature comforts like a coffee maker to keep your employees happy and energized.
  • Storage – You must have great storage options to keep your dogs’ belongings organized properly when they’re staying overnight. No one wants to come back to get Fido and end up with someone else’s leash!
  • Air treatment – The last thing you want people to remember about your business is that it smells. Invest in a dehumidifier and air purifying system to clean the air and keep it smelling as fresh as possible. Be sure the location you choose can accommodate such a system.

Figure out your budget for all needed supplies and be realistic. Having the right equipment is key when caring for people’s furry family members.


Looking to open a dog daycare but don’t know where to begin? Check out the following post:

Opening a Dog Daycare – How to Get Started


Investment

Starting a dog daycare, whether on your own or through a franchise, requires an initial investment to get your business off the ground. The first step in determining your necessary investment is figuring out what equipment you need. Then you’ll need to determine an ideal location for your business. The location in which you’ll be opening a dog daycare must be an adequate square footage to offer enough space for your furry clients to run and play. It should include, if possible, an outdoor space as well as a large indoor area. The largest part of your investment will be in real estate due to the unique requirements of running a dog daycare and boarding facility. The investment varies based on your specific market and other factors, but according to K9 Resort’s most recent FDD, anticipate an overall cost of at least $900K, which includes equipment and real estate. If you’re interested in opening a dog daycare franchise, you’ll also need to pay an initial franchise fee which should be factored into your investment.

Time

You’re probably comfortable with the fact that owning your own business means you’ll be spending a lot of time there. It only makes sense to get into a field that you love! You’re likely opening a dog daycare because you love animals and want to make money spending lots of time with them. That’s perfect! But it’s important to understand that you’ll also spend a lot of your time dealing with the business side of things instead of petting pups. Starting a dog daycare initially requires a lot of time investment. From finding the perfect location to acquiring and training qualified staff, there’s a lot that goes into it.

When you partner with a trusted franchise like K9 Resorts, you have some of the work of opening a dog daycare already handled. While you’ll still be expected to put in a lot of time on the front end, the experts at K9 Resorts can help you find a location, train staff, market your business, and give you a roadmap for daily operation. Once your business is up and running, and your staff is fully trained and experienced, you’ll be able to spend a little less of your time focused on it. However, owning a dog daycare means that you’re still an active participant in its success. Even with a franchise, you won’t be able to be an absentee owner and it’s likely you wouldn’t even want to be with all those adorable, lovable pups running around!

Starting a dog daycare can be incredibly rewarding and lucrative. But knowing what you’re getting into before you make your decision is key. You’ll need a love of animals, a sense for business, a little bit of capital, and a whole lot of time (in the beginning), but it’s all worth it!

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