Start A Pet Supplies Business - Business Ideas

Start A Pet Supplies Business - Business Ideas
Start A Pet Supplies Business

Over 70% of U.S. households own a pet.

With pet ownership set to increase in the coming years, starting a pet store can be a great business opportunity.

A pet store can be profitable regardless of the economy’s performance. Typically, pet stores have shown revenue growth even during recessions.

To start a pet store, determine the business niche and find a good location.

Starting a pet supplies business requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell pet supplies, or selling pet supplies online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Key Stats

market size
$208B
starting costs
$13.7K
gross margin
40%
time to build
210 days

Startup Costs

Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Office Space Expenses $0 $7,000
Inventory Expenses $350 $14,750
Software Expenses $150 $2,794
Website Costs $13 $215
Advertising & Marketing Costs $0 $2,450
Total Startup Costs $513 $27,209

Successful Businesses

Business URL Rank
Pet Supplies at zooplus Online Pet Shop, Pet Food & Pet Accessories. zooplus.co.uk #124,505
Pet Product News petproductnews.com #213,730
Revival Animal Health revivalanimal.com #214,128
Cherrybrook cherrybrook.com #238,983
The Anxious Pet theanxiouspet.com #295,670
Pet Age petage.com #323,564
Pets Corner petscorner.co.uk #328,118
Central Pet centralpet.com #566,463
Wags Supply wagsupply.com #810,931
Lucy Pet Products lucypetproducts.com #935,114
Pet Supplies petsupplies4less.com #936,329

Pros & Cons

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Ability to start your business from home It's not necessary to have a physical storefront or office space to get your business started. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home, at least in the beginning!
Little startup costs required The cost to start a pet supplies business costs significantly less money than most businesses, ranging anywhere from 12 to 27,209.
Rewarding work Starting a pet supplies business can be really rewarding work. After all, you are solving an immediate issue for your customer and you're working on something you truly care about.
Scalable With businesses and processes changing daily, there will always be demand for new features, products and services for your business. Additionally, there are several different business models and pricing tiers you can implement that will allow you to reach all types of customers.
Traffic to your website A pet supplies business gives people a reason to visit your website and to keep coming back to you!
Cons Description
Crowded Space Competition is high when it comes to your pet supplies business, so it's important that you spend a good amount of time analyzing the market and understanding where the demand lies.
Finding The Right Supplier Most businesses in this space go the supplier/manufacturer route, which isn't a bad thing! However, finding the right supplier can take a lot of time, energy and trial/error. If done properly, this process can save you months (if not years) of time and energy. More on this below in the "finding a supplier" section.
Security Issues With any Saas business, data loss and security issues may arise throughout your process of building your product. It's critical that you understand exactly what you're responsible for and how to avoid potential issues down the road.
Lack of benefits With a pet supplies business, you are typically self-employed and responsible for finding your own insurance, which can be quite costly and time-consuming.
Isolation Often times, as a pet supplies business, you typically work alone and do not have much face-to-face interaction with other team members.
Taxes As a pet supplies business, you typically pay self-employment taxes which can be quite high. It's important to understand what you will be paying in taxes each year so you can determine if the work you're taking on is worth it.

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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