Aug 24

5 ways to make money with your pet

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Have you ever looked at your pet and just wished they could contribute to the household income in one way or another?

Now, I know that sounds crazy, but all the pet food, vet visits, toys, accessories and treats you buy them on a regular basis can add up. Not to mention the pairs of shoes, hosepipes, couches and cushions they destroy in frustration at times.

Well, there are actually quite a few ways you can partner with your pet to make some extra cash!

Here are a few ideas:


Help pet companies with market research

Cat using laptop

Just like every other industry, pet-focused companies need to know as much as possible about their target market to deliver good products.

Of course, since your pet’s ability to provide feedback is limited, you can step in and be their voice. An easy way of doing this is filling in paid online surveys focused specifically on pet products.

The best way to go about this is to sign up for survey sites, such as Swagbucks, MySurvey and Nielsen Panel.

Whilst doing online pet surveys for money won’t provide you with a steady income, paid surveys are a great way to make cash for very little effort. You could make in excess of £50 a month without doing much at all.

Read more about doing online surveys for cash.


Make your pet Insta-famous

Woman taking selfie with dog

If you have a pet (or five) of your own, your phone is probably bursting with cute and funny photos and videos of their antics.

We bet it’s crossed your mind numerous times to share these sweet snaps far and wide to get your pet its own little piece of the limelight…and maybe even make some cash while at it.

Nothing wrong with spreading the love, we think!

While there is no cut and dried recipe for turning your pet into an internet celebrity, here are a few tips that might help:

  • Give your pet a memorable nickname e.g Grumpy Cat, Maru or Manny
  • Observe their behaviour and document them doing things they love
  • Create social media accounts dedicated to your pet – it might be good to focus only on Instagram or Facebook to start off with
  • Use hashtags to help broaden your pet’s audience
  • Take good quality photos and videos
  • Post regularly to create consistency

While you certainly won’t get any money from your new endeavour initially, once your pet hits the big time you could be raking in the pounds. Grumpy Cat, for instance, earned a whopping $99.5 million in just two years. Now that’s pet goals!

For more tips, read our article about turning your pet into a star.


Share your pet knowledge with others

Woman cuddling happy dog

If you’ve had pets for a long time and enjoy doing research about their behaviour, breeds, etc., why not share your knowledge with others?

You can do this by setting up a blog and writing regular posts about interesting pet-related topics. As more and more people start reading your blog, you could approach pet product companies to partner with you. They could buy advertising on your site or sponsor some of your social media posts.

Your blog could even lead to an eBook or a full-blown book deal!

Finally, you could offer to do talks at local clubs, schools and community organisations for a small fee.  Who knows – you might even get the chance to share your pet knowledge on world stages eventually.


Sell photos of your pet to stock photo galleries

Man photographing cat

Okay, so your plan to turn your pet into an internet sensation hasn’t quite worked out. But you still have all those great photographs, right?

Good news. You can still make money by selling them to stock galleries and other online resources. People will fall over their feet to draw people to their articles, products or website with your adorable pet’s pictures!

While you probably won’t make buckets full of cash, it could provide you with a welcome little windfall every once in a while.

Read more about selling your photos online.


Include other people’s pets in activities you’d do with yours

Lots of dogs walking on leads

There are some things you do for your pet without a second thought. Well, there are some pet owners that are not able to do these things for one reason or another and will literally pay someone else to do it for them.

Cash in on this by offering your services as:

  • A dog walker (only if your dog is okay with other dogs)
  • Pet taxi service on days you’ll be taking your own dog/cat to the parlour
  • A pet-sitter (especially if your furry/feathery friend enjoys company)

Read more about making money with other people’s pets.


Bonus: Save money by entering your pet into shows and competitions

Winning cat with trophy

Finally, you will notice that many pet-related competitions don’t really offer prize money. However, in many cases, once you enter Fido or Fluffy, you could be in the running to win pet food for a year or the likes.

Many pet-related companies regularly run competitions like these, where all you have to do is simply upload a photo and get people to vote.

If you enjoy a bit more drama, keep an eye out for dog/cat shows in your vicinity to enter your beloved best friend!

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