Pet grooming is a great business if you have a passion for animals. With no formal training requirements and low start-up costs, it can also be a good choice for first-time entrepeneurs. There’s also the option to go mobile, with a modified van, to extent your market penetration. You can also choose from a wide range of animals to work with, and a range of products to help make your business stand out.

Pet grooming is a great business if you have a passion for animals. With no formal training requirements and low start-up costs, it can also be a good choice for first-time entrepeneurs. There’s also the option to go mobile, with a modified van, to extend your market penetration. You can also choose from a wide range of animals to work with, and a range of products to help make your business stand out.

What animals will you work with?

Dogs are the obvious choice but you can increase your potential revenue by extending your services to other animals, such as cats and guinea pigs. Every species has unique qualities that present challenges when grooming so make sure you’re aware of these.

Make sure you don’t extend your services to animals just because you like them. There needs to be a market otherwise your investment in grooming products and training for that particular animal will offer a poor return on investment.

You’ll also need to consider whether to groom all breeds, as the time and financial investment for a larger dog, or one with a high-maintenance coat, can be vastly different than for a small dog. The same goes for rarer cats. You can either indicate exactly what breeds you cater for, or decide on a case-by-case basis. You may need to charge more for some breeds.

Will you start your business at home?

Starting your pet grooming business from home is a good choice as you’ll be able to test the waters without a significant capital investment. There are many advantages, such as reduced overheads (rent, signage, dedicated utilities). There are disadvantages too, such as finding the space, the constant presence of hair, and the difficulties that can sometimes arise from having your work and personal space so entwined.

However, because it’s relatively easy to move your equipment and products to dedicated premises, starting up at home is often the best first step.

If you want to move into dedicated commercial premises, there are number of things you must think about, including location (is it easily accessible for pet owners?), cost of rent and overheads, suitability for storing and using your products, ease of parking for you and your employees, and whether you can expand there with additional services, such as kennels.