I can't tell you how rewarding it is to have started the fun, family-friendly, low-risk business of baking and selling dog treats. In addition to selling online, my husband and I sign up for pet-friendly events and get to watch the treats we've made sell like hotcakes. And you can't beat the benefit of relaxing at the events and chatting with like-minded pet enthusiasts. I've been able to earn extra income, and spend quality time with my husband.
Compared to a lot of businesses, this one has some great qualities; low overhead (we bake out of our kitchen and have an online store), a flexible schedule (I can bake any old time of the day), and the freedom to be as creative as I want (the sky's the limit as far as our recipes and products are concerned!)
My business, Beggles Dog Treats, first evolved from a desire to work for myself, and then tossing around some possible business ideas with my husband. A dog treats business was a natural avenue for us because we both love dogs. We also knew that it would be a stable business because, well, lots of people have pets and like to spoil them!
So I became the business owner and my husband agreed to help out with baking and marketing ideas...
When I started to think about all that would go into a dog treats business, from recipes to marketing to financials, the road before me seemed pretty daunting.
It wasn't until I did some research online that I stumbled across the one and only resource that I would need throughout this business venture (make that adventure!)
The eBook called Bake a Dog a Bone, by Chris Trombley and Doug Bertram, is basically a how-to guide for starting a successful dog treats business. The authors are experts in their field, Chris being Director of Petco Relations for Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. and Doug is currently the president of eBizWize, LLC a respected publisher of pet industry information.
Never having bought an eBook before, I wasn't sure what the quality of the information would be. But after reading just the first few chapters, I realized how well-rounded and comprehensive their information was, and I also realized what a treasure I had stumbled upon!
I finished the easy-to-read guide in one night, and learned all about the dog treats niche. They cover marketing strategies, crucial sales advice, how to equip your kitchen, recipe ideas, legal technicalities, and even what the FDA requires for pet treat labels.
They even recommend a low-cost laboratory when it comes to the nutritional analysis of your treats. All of their information has proved to be accurate in my business experiences. Plus they keep this eBook up-to-date, staying on top of the latest market trends.
You'll enjoy all the extras that they throw in, such as the Niche Marketing Worksheet, the Start-up Budget Worksheet, and the Business Plan Outline just to name a few. They also include an eBook of 300 tried-and-true treat recipes to get you started, and an eBook of 33 all-natural remedies for common dog ailments, with treat remedies being a huge seller in the dog treats business!
If you're like I was, and looking for a way out of the daily grind, starting your own business might be the right move for you. And Chris and Doug's Bake A Dog A Bone eBook is a must-have resource for anyone getting into the dog treats business. I highly recommend it.