Providing transportation (or taxi) services to dog owners who don’t have the time to drive dogs to vets, groomers or kennels can be a feasible business opportunity. If you enjoy working with dogs, and you are conscientious driver, starting a dog taxi service will give you a platform to exploit your skills and make money at the same time. When starting out, however, there are a few startup expenses that you need to meet:
1. Purchase the right equipment
If you don’t own one, a vehicle is going to be your greatest startup expense. While cars are just fine for carrying smaller dog crates, you are going to need sport utility vehicles or vans for transporting large dog crates. Irrespective of the type of vehicle that you choose, it should be clean, well maintained, and air conditioned.
You will also need crates of varying sizes to accommodate different dog sizes. While using dog crates is the most common option for dog taxis, you should also have some dog harness seatbelts in case a client specify that their dogs are not to ride in crates.
One of the best ways of ensuring that your dog taxi business is found by potential customers is launching a website. You can do this yourself with sites like WordPress or outsource to a professional designer.
Another good marketing strategy is to advertise on the van that you are using for transportation. You can do this by applying permanent lettering on the vehicle or by using customized magnets if you prefer a non-permanent option. The van will not only act as moving advert for your services but will also be visible to potential clients when you park it at dog or other pet service locations.
3. Insurance Coverage
You need an insurance policy to cover you against liability issues that may arise when a client’s dog get hurt while on transport or under your care. You also need comprehensive and collision coverage as well as commercial automobile policy for liabilities that arise in the event that a dog causes damage to your van or when you require a dog owner or handler to accompany the dog in your vehicle. If you are going to hire drivers, you may also need to take workers compensation coverage to cater for medical payments or limited liability income in case the driver is hurt while operating your van.
With a relatively low startup cost, any domestic pet transport business is a profitable way of entering the pet service industry. For more information on how you can get things moving in this kind of venture, you can seek for mentorship from other people who are already in the pet transportation business.