In Britain, we’re simply a nation of animal lovers. From man’s best friend to those infamous cat vines (yes I’m talking about ‘cat in shark onesie rides automatic hoover!’), we just can’t get enough of our furry friends. And with rising pet care costs, increasingly busy lifestyles and a nation obsessed with endless animal-based media, 2015 is proving the perfect time to launch your pet sitting startup!

The Audience:

One major selling point of a pet sitting business is that your target demographic is rather limitless. Providing the customer owns a pet (or knows someone that does) your service is likely to appeal. And with 24% of UK households owning a dog and 17% owning a cat according to The Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association (PFMA), there is massive scope to turn our boundless love for ‘Lucky’ and ‘Ruby’ into a lucrative business.

Securing Professional Support:

The margin between startup success and startup slump is incredibly narrow, so it is imperative that you recruit expert opinions and support from within your field. When it comes to pet sitting, The National Association of Pet Sitting and Dog Walkers (NARPS UK), is committed to providing aims and objectives that hope to elevate the reputation and profitability of the UK pet sitting industry and include:

  • Setting industry standards by working with government, local authorities and partner organisations.
  • Promoting best practice and representing the interests of members and the wider profession at local and national government levels.
  • Supporting pet care professionals to deliver high standards of care by providing quality information, education and training.
  • Providing members with benefits, which reduce costs and achieve a more profitable business.

Lets Get Sitting:

So if the thought of starting a business amongst our furry friends has you bounding about the room in excitement, NARPS UK is on hand to help get your paws off the ground. Simply visit their website and follow their 10 step guide to pet sitting success by choosing a membership package, creating a profile and logging in to your newly created account. Here members can enjoy access to invaluable resources such as business plans, discounted insurance, custom made software/mobile application, and a Lantra accredited pet sitting and dog walking course.

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