How to Make Money Selling Pet Hampers

Pets are owned by all, and loved by many. People will spend huge amounts on their pets at a time, be it at the groom, the vet or just plain buying gifts and toys. Starting a pet accessory business could potentially make you rich. It all depends on the way you market and run your business.

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  • You can do it from home.
  • There are all kinds of tutorials on making toys and gourmet treats.
  • Start-up material costs are low.
  • Selling price for accessories and toys are high.
  • There are so many different things to make; it’ll never be boring.
  • Your clientele list grows daily.

Get the “know how”

To make these toys, accessories and gourmet treats for the pet accessory business you’ll need to know a little about animals and what they like. Check out YouTube for videos about dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters, and fish. It will help you get an understanding of how the animals like to play and what type of accessories will be needed.
You can also look at Pinterest for ideas on different toys and apparel to make for the animals. For the treats, there are hundreds of recipes for gourmet, delicious and organic treats. To make the treats more attractive you may want to put them in a well decorated bag with a ribbon or a fancy looking box. Taking a course in woodwork and/or sewing will help you with the physical part of your pet accessory business.

Where to sell

Facebook is the best place to sell these pet accessories, treats and toys. People usually look on Facebook for everything and anything they want. You can make a Facebook page and a group where people can buy your pet hampers. Always remember that people are suckers for specials, even if it isn’t really cheap, it just has to sound like it is. You can also rent a store in a busy retail centre where people can see some of your best creations on display and buy directly if they don’t want to wait for orders online. Making a little video of animals using these accessories is a great way for you to market the stock from your business.

List of accessory and toy ideas:

  • Pet beds.
  • Hamster houses.
  • Hamster wheels.
  • Bird swings.
  • Pet purses (for carrying pets).
  • Cat scratch poles.
  • Tyre on a rope.
  • Pet grooming supplies such as brushes, combs, glove brushes, shampoo and conditioner, bows and ribbons.
  • Toy mice.
  • Balls.
  • Squeaky toys.
  • Pet houses.
  • Balls with treats in.
  • Soft toys.
  • Moving toys.
  • Clothing such as hats, Halloween wear, bandanas, socks, shoes, rain jackets, PJs, jerseys and hoodies.

Your target market

Identifying the best items to sell is important so that you can be sure to not have stock on the shelves for too long. Start by buying a few small items and see how the selling goes at a few sites and places. It will help you to decide on a target market if you don’t plan on focussing on all pet types. It may be a better option to have less quantity and more quality, at least in the beginning until you get your business up and running. You can also set up a poll to find out how many people own which types of animals.

Final thought

Pet bedding is one of the most expensive things to buy for pet owners. This is a great starting item. When it comes to treats, people are health conscious, and so will be more likely to buy from your pet accessory business if you can explain why your treats are good for their pets to eat.

Author: Chanel Gauché (2017)


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