Pet sitting pegged as one of 2015’s most profitable business ideas

Rising pet care spends, busy lifestyles and an increasing number of furry friends make 2015 the perfect time to launch a pet sitting business…

Dogs have long been referred to as ‘man’s best friend’ and Brits definitely sympathise with this statement.

In fact, the latest statistics from The Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association’s (PFMA) 2014 Pet Population report revealed just how much the UK loves its four legged friends, with 24% of households owning a dog and 17% owning a cat. This makes pooches and moggies the third and fourth most popular pet choices, preceded only by fish kept in tanks or ponds.

The dog ownership figures also represent a 1% jump from 2012’s statistics and indicate that pet ownership is unquestionably on the rise.

There’s certainly no shortage of customers which makes pet sitting a lucrative opportunity for any entrepreneur on the search for a new business to launch. Team this with current social and economic conditions and pet sitting businesses are well positioned for instant success.

Brits willing to fork out for canine care

Thought kids were an expensive venture? According to the latest statistics from Euromonitor International the pet food industry recorded 4% growth in 2013 while pet products jumped by 5%. Analysts predict this trend to continue as pet owners show a growing preference for “quality over quantity.”

An entrepreneurial powerhouse

Entrepreneurship is on the rise, with StartUp Britain revealing that in 2014 the number of new registered businesses hit an all-time high of 581,173. 2015 is shaping up to be just as bright, with over 60,000 new businesses already up and running.

With the jump in the market for pet care and a rise in entrepreneurship, there’s never been a better time to start a pet sitting business.

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Underpin your business with expert support

Starting up a small business can be a difficult path to navigate and having the right support on hand can mean the difference between flyaway success and disaster. As the official regulating body for the pet sitting industry the National Association of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers (NARPS UK) is committed to excellence every step of the way.

The organisation is underpinned by a core set of aims and objectives designed to help the UK pet sitting industry build a reputation as a profitable and professional sector. These 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.

10 steps to pet sitting success

NARPS UK makes setting up a pet sitting business easy with its 10 step guide to success. Pet sitters to-be simply choose a membership package, create a profile and log in to their newly created account. Members then enjoy access to everything they need to get business rolling in. This includes a pre-set business plan, discounted insurance, custom made software/mobile application, criminal record check, our Lantra accredited pet sitting and dog walking business course and income calculator.

Want to know more about how NarpsUK can help propel new pet sitting businesses into the fast lane? Head to and start exploring!


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