Entrepreneurial Ideas if You’d Like to Work Outside or with Animals

This post is for the aspiring part-time entrepreneur who does not really like computers and prefers animals and the great outdoors to working closely with other people.  Well, you cannot totally avoid the human animals, but there are plenty of opportunities to work with animals and/or be outside.

Pets …..

Dog Groomer:  LearnToGroom offers a video training course.  Learn how to hold dogs and properly use the tools needed to properly clip Terrier breeds, Spaniel Breeds, Poodles, Mixed breeds and other breeds (Old English Sheep dog, Bichon Frise, Maltese, etc).  A second course is available if you want your business to be mobile groomin.


 Pet Sitter: If you love animals Pet Sitters International can prepare you to be a pet sitter or a dog walker. The PSI Accreditation Program is an in-depth educational coursework that has been tailored exclusively for pet sitters. The curriculum includes topics on Pet Care, Health & Nutrition, Additional Services and Business & Office Procedures (37 informative topics in all). The coursework was developed with input from some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the pet-care industry.


 Pet Massage:  Massage therapy for people is now integrated into traditional Western medicine and wellness care. Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy may soon play a similar role in veterinary medicine and home-based animal care.  PetMassage offers basic training and materials for both in-house workshops and Distance Learning courses. Additional courses in energy work and water work are also available.


Equine and Canine Massage: Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world. Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 10,000 Equine & Companion Animal Massage Technicians, from every state in the US and 20 different countries around the world. As of March 2008, Equissage began it’s nationwide and worldwide expansion of satellite teaching locations.


Equissage offers on-site program for those in the New England and New York area. The  five day intensive program provides certification for Equine Sports Massage Therapy.  .


Dog Trainer: The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) has established a series of standards for professional competence.  The site lists the various organizations and links so you can begin working to toward the title of Certified Pet Dog Trainer.  


 Pooper Scooper / Dog Doo Remover.  Yes you can do this professionally.  Pest waste is a health problem and many cities and towns have laws mandating that owners pick up after their pets when they are on public property.  The Pooper Scooper cleans yards and private property, discarding the wastes in receptacles belonging to the pets’ owners. Generally scooping is scheduled for once a week. This is a business a teen-ager can start.  Scoopers charge $12.00 to $25.00 per week depending on the number of dogs.  There is even a professional organization.  The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists


National Parks and the Great Outdoors

Seasonal or Year-Round Work in National Parks:  CoolWorks.com is the Portal for more than 70,000 seasonal jobs in national parks.  http://www.coolworks.com/older-bolder is for you if you consider yourself “Older & Bolder” and are looking for a seasonal job in a great place, the employers listed in this area are interested in older, bolder workers. Each position has varied accommodations; some have RV spaces, some offer private rooms, and others have rentals nearby.



Seasonal, Year-Long, or Volunteer jobs for nature lovers and others. (for example work or volunteer at retreat centers)  Back Door Jobs offers jobs and learning experiences in ecology, sustainable agriculture, teaching English as a Second Language and more.


Rancher:  If your love of wildlife includes the animal variety, consider alpaca ranching. The Alpaca Owners and Breeding Association can provide information and contacts.



Professional house sitters / property managers get free board and sometimes a salary. Live on estates, mansions, farms, ranches, resort homes, retreat centers, camps, hunting and fishing lodges, vacation homes, and even private islands.  Great work is you want to do something seasonal or if you are one of the “working retired.”  Caretaker Gazette is published bimonthly and informs member of new caretaking and house sitting jobs via an email update service. 


Bee Keeper.  You do not need to live in a rural area to keep bees.  There are now bee keepers with hives on high rise buildings in major cities. 

http://www.sustainlife.org     free coursehttp://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class/http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/bgbees-new-beekeeper-training-program/   a program for urban bee keepers

Organic Farmer, Landscape Company Owner, Winery Owner, Travel Writer, and Archeologist  Yes, you can get paid to go on digs.  There are E-books telling you how to get started, priced from $15.00 to $30.00 at  http://www.fabjob.com/

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