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Pet Food Delivery Services (Non-franchise)

Dog guarding the recent pet food delivery!A Pet Food Delivery Service could be a paws-itively profitable home business, given the busy lifestyles of most pet owners and the hassle of shopping for routine pet products.

Shopping convenience, in survey after survey, is at least as important as price in determining where someone chooses to shop. After all, who wants to pull into a huge parking lot, look for a spot, grab a cart, walk all the way to the back of a busy store, lift a big bag off the shelf, walk back up front and then stand on a long checkout line? Then lug the heavy bag back across the parking lot to the car?

This would be an especially popular service for people with lots of pets or people who find it difficult to go shopping (seniors, parents with young children.)

What the Business Involves:
You would deliver large bags of food to residences (and possibly businesses) in whatever area you designate. For additional profit, you can also deliver everyday stock-up items, such as treats and litter, or food-related products such as bowls, waterers and place mats.

Knowledge or Skills Required:
Other than basic business skills and personal traits such as punctuality and dependability, you can start this business with little or no specialized knowledge. You will need a large, dependable vehicle and enough physical strength to lift heavy bags of pet food.

Advantages:

  • Easy to start
     
  • Inexpensive to start (assuming you already have a suitable vehicle)
     
  • Easy to add profit to a Pet Food Delivery Service by offering other pet products

    Disadvantages:

  • Requires physical strength
     
  • May require storage facility for food
     
  • Customers will rely on you to deliver their pet's food - if the snow is 12" deep or you break your arm, you'd better have a contingency plan

    Comments/Ideas:
    One convenience you could offer would be the development of standing orders, where your Pet Food Delivery Service automatically delivers a customer's regular order of food on a weekly or monthly basis.

    In addition, natural pet food is very popular; be sure to offer multiple brands/types of pet food.