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Install Doors for Dogs or Cats

As with many others on this site, this business is in demand because many pet owners are away from their homes for good parts of the day, and Fluffy and Fido need SOME way to get out.   Here’s one solution!

What a Business as a Pet Door Installer Involves:
It’s pretty obvious.  Your job is to install doors for people without the knowledge or tools to do it themselves.  And these doors come in a variety of sizes and degrees of complexity to go in a variety of doors – for example, installing a simple swing-type Doggy Door in a wooden door is a far different process than putting an electronic Pet Door in sliding glass patio doors.

Knowledge or Skills Required:
You’ll need experience as a handyman and facility with using tools – hand tools such as hammers, saws and files, but also power drills too.  You also need to be able to take accurate measurements and work with people.

Advantages:

  • Minimal start up costs if you already have the tools.  You don’t need the purchase the door until you get the job (although it’s smart to keep popular models on hand as your business grows.)

  • Not much competition in most places

Disadvantages:

  • You’ll need liability insurance, since you’re working in someone’s home and may inadvertently damage something.

  • Pet doors can be expensive; you’ll need to charge enough to cover their cost as well as your time

Resources for More Information on Pet Door Installer Businesses:

PetDoors.com
Not necessarily a business resource, but you’ll learn a LOT about doors there!

Comments/Ideas:

Obtain a wholesale license so you can buy kits cheap.

This is an unusual business that many people will not think to look for, so you’ll have to market it aggressively.  Try hangtags in upscale neighborhoods, and encourage referral business.