Dog Walking

If you have a dog, would you pay $15 a week to have someone walk your dog? Could you walk more than one dog an hour? Could you manage four dogs at a time? Four dogs an hour, eight hours a day, at $15 an hour is $480 a week or $1,720 a month.

Then you could add a dog bath and brushing and increase your income by 25%. You could test market the idea in your neighborhood by putting door hanger advertisements on people doors. You aren’t allowed to put information in their mailboxes, but there’s no reason you can’t print up 100 flyers, 3 to a page on an 8 ½ by 11 brightly colored sheet. The cost will be less than $10 for 300 flyers. If you pick up three clients for your efforts, you would have more than quadrupled your ten-dollar investment the first week.

If you don’t have time to put the flyers out, pay your children or the neighbors children ten cents a piece for putting them out. Or better yet, use the time to get your daily exercise while distributing flyers.
Be sure you know your neighborhood demographics, you don’t want to put you effort into a neighborhood where most of the families are just getting by financially. You want to work with an upscale neighborhood, especially if it looks like the inhabitants leave early and get home late.
How about a delivery service? You will need reliable transportation. Who do you think would benefit from a delivery service? A list of prospects includes Lawyers, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers and Appraisers.