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Animal lovers are a special breed. (pun intended) There is something special about the connection between a human and an animal, and some of us are so passionate about that “special something” that working with animals becomes a regular part of life.
If you like the idea of working with animals and you want to start a side income from it (perhaps with the goal of turning it into a full-time income down the road), there are many options for you. Some of them are online, others are in person, and some are actually made by you
Here are some of the best options for getting a side job working with animals:
1. Start a pet-sitting business
Pet-sitting is a great way to spend some time with your furry and feathered friends without the ongoing demands of the other side hustle. This is work you can do with real animals, so you’re getting that delicious quality time and getting paid for it. Pet-sitting is a great way to get your “pet fix” when you can’t keep your own. You can do this in your home or at a client’s home — successful businesses have been built using both methods.
2. Become a dog walker
Being a dog walker is a lot like pet sitting, but the workload is structured differently. Most dog walkers spend some time each day with their animal clients and may have a steady, ongoing gig several days a week, whereas pet sitting can be a bit more sporadic but involves a lot of time. The adjustability potential is one of the real advantages of this gig.
3. Write for animal-based businesses
Of course, I’m going to mention freelance writing because it’s one of my favorite side jobs out there. Freelance writing is an ideal side job because you can set your own hours, choose your own clients, and even set your own rates (within reason, of course). Not sure how to start? Here are some ideas:
- Talk to your local veterinarian’s office, stables, pet stores, or other animal-related service providers (such as trainers, groomers, or trainers) to see if they need writers for newsletters, email lists, or social media.
- Visit your favorite pet-related brands online and see which ones have active blogs You might be able to start writing for them!
- Do a google search for [write for us] + Pets (or whatever topic you want) and see what results pop up. Not every opportunity will pay, so check the contributor guidelines
4. Start a YouTube channel about animals and monetize it
Animal videos are incredibly popular. Whether it’s inspirational stories, instructional tips and guides, or funny animal stuff, YouTube channels can be really popular. If you’re interested in starting your own channel and monetizing it, this can be a fun way to make a side gig out of your pet interest on your own schedule.
5. Start an animal-related blog
Starting a YouTube channel and becoming a freelance writer is my other favorite way to work from home, blogging. You can even tie all three ventures together!
Blogs are a great way to share your love of animals in a way that is helpful to others and helps you grow your own knowledge… and get paid to do it. Building a solid income from blogging takes time, but if you’re smart about it, it’s possible to start making money fairly quickly.
6. Animal husbandry
Grooming requires a certain skill set, but if it’s a skill you already have or are able to acquire, you can make a decent side income from grooming. Whether you rent a stall at a grooming shop, work for a kennel, stable, or vet, or you set up your own travel grooming shop (people love it when they can come to them), grooming can be a fun way to pass the time. Caring for animals and bringing in some side income while you’re at it. Plus the shampoo smells really nice!
7. Obedience Trainer
If you’re really into dog behavior, you might have a great “in” as an obedience trainer. Whether you strike out on your own or join a certified program like Bark Busters, mandatory training programs can be extremely profitable while you’re doing a very helpful service for your clients and their pets: making everyone’s lives better. Some trainers focus on equipping families in their own homes, others will come to a new site for dog classes, and there are even obedience trainers who will have their clients’ dogs come and live with them for as long as it takes to get rid of them. Behavioral problems. No matter how you do it, being an obedience trainer makes a noticeable, positive difference in the lives of your clients and their pets, and it’s a great way to make some side income.
8. Pet photography
If you’re good with a camera and you know how to charm your way into the hearts of the animals around you, pet photography can be a really fun way to make some side income. You can visit your clients in their homes, set up your own studio, or focus on shooting outdoors — photography can be incredibly flexible once you’ve mastered the basics. And your reward (in addition to your payment) is giving your clients lasting memories of their beloved animals.
9. Become a pawTree petPro
petPros represents a line of all-natural foods, supplements, and treats. pawTree not only offers customized nutrition plans for pets, but also offers pawPairings superfood seasonings that add delicious nutrition and variety to every meal. If you don’t eat the same thing every meal, why should your pet? pawTree petPros simply talk “pets,” hand out samples and ask people to try the products. You can work part-time or full-time and have complete flexibility. pawTree even offers online training. You can have fun and earn money from home while helping pets live happy healthy lives.
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What is right for you?
The most important thing to consider when you want a side income is how you want to make it. When you know your niche (like an animal), you just need to decide whether you want something online or offline, skill-based or not, and how much time and resources you have to devote to getting it off the ground.
These ideas offer a wide range of possibilities for you! Which one would you choose? Let me know in this comment!