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5 business ideas for animal lovers

Are you an animal lover? Want to start your own business? You are in the right place! If you have an idea for your own animal business you may be eligible for New Business Assistance with NEIS.

New Business Assistance supports you to start your own business by providing:

  • accredited small business training
  • personalised mentoring and support in the first year
  • an allowance (for up to 39 weeks if eligible)
  • rental assistance (for up to 26 weeks if eligible)

Looking for some inspiration? Here are 5 business ideas for animal lovers to get you started.

Toy maker

Most pet owners buy some kind of toy for their animal to play with. If you like sewing or making small toy type items, you could sell them as dog or cat toys.

cute dog and cat playing chess shows creating toys for pets is one of many business ideas for animal lovers

Bed or house designer

Some pet owners buy beds, playhouses or other furniture for their animals to use. Woodworkers or builders can create some of these larger items and sell them to pet owners or stores. Take your creativity and handiness and use it to start your own business.

Fish and reptile tank designer

Not all pet owners have dogs or cats. Those who own fish, lizards, snakes or similar pets need tanks. So if you can create some unique tank designs, you have a market to sell them.

a baby snake in a top hat shows crafting reptile houses and pet clothes are good business ideas for animal lovers

Pet accessories

If you are crafty you can make pet accessories. Think outfits, collars, bandannas and even shoes! Sell them online, at craft shows or even at pet stores.

Pet travel service provider

Travelling or moving when you’re a pet owner can be a stressful experience. You can offer a service that helps owners transport their pets, or branch out into doggy day care, dog walking, and pet sitting.

Tori’s story

Tori started her business with the help of NEIS. After finishing school she wasn’t sure what direction she wanted to take until her dad sent her a text with a picture of a mobile dog grooming van.

That text started her self-employment journey. She enrolled in a dog grooming course, connected with New Business Assistance with NEIS and opened up her own mobile dog grooming business, Tori’s Pooch Parlor.

Not an animal lover?

If you’re not an animal lover, don’t worry. Watch our playlist to see the other business ideas people have got up and running with support from New Business Assistance with NEIS.

If you want to find out more:

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  1. Still taking credit. Go you! You must feel great about yourself! Oh, thats right, you said you stopped caring when you started taking medication. Good for you. Sleep well.

  2. Another great business idea for animal lovers is dog birthday cakes! It’s the new rage right now.

    1. Hi Roxanne – you’re totally right! As pets become more and more part of our families, there are so many opportunities to create new and unique products and services.

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