If you have a pet then you will know how much money they can cost. There is insurance and food to think about, as well as those little extra treats that let your pet know that you love them. However, you may be interested to know that there are several ways that your pet can actually make you money.
Make Them A Star Of Social Media
Anyone can become a hit on social media these days and this includes your pets. Instagram is the social media channel of choice when it comes to posting cute pictures of your pet online. It is already the home to many pet stars such as Grumpy Cat. The owners of these pets have signed deals where they post pictures of their famous pets with particular brands and get paid for this. In order to have the biggest chance of success with this then you need to post regularly but everything you post needs to be high quality. You should also consider coming up with a unique hashtag for your pet.
Get Them Involved In Acting And Modeling
There is also demand for pets to be stars of the stage and screen. In order to do this you will have to get your pet signed up to an agency that provides animal actors for TV shows and films. Not every pet is going to be cut out for this line of work though. The things that these agencies look out for in a pet is that they are obedient, have their own personality and are photogenic.
Sell Stock Photos Of Your Pets
If you are fairly good at taking photos then you may be able to sell stock photos of your pets. You can upload these photos to sites such as Shutterstock where people are able to purchase them. You will be paid every time someone uses one of your images. You may even be able to advertise your photography services to other people that want photos of their pets.
Sell Produce From Your Pets
Depending on the types of pets you have, you may be able to make money from the things that they produce. If you keep chickens in your back garden then you will find that there are a lot of people that would like to buy their eggs from you rather than at a store. An animal that is becoming increasingly popular as a pet is the alpaca. These pets need a lot of space so they will only be suitable if you have a large outside area where they can live. Alpaca wool is very much in demand at the moment and people are prepared to pay good money to this. The amount of wool that you can get from an alpaca will depend on their size and some animals will produce more wool than others.
Charge People To Sit With Your Pets
If you live in a big city then there may be a lot of people that are not allowed to keep pets of their own because their building does not allow it. Everyone knows how therapeutic spending some time with an animal can be and there are people that will pay to spend time with your pet during the day while you are at work. This also has the added advantage of not having to pay a pet sitter. You will have to make sure that these people are properly vetted before you let them spend time alone in your property.
Take Other Dogs When You Walk Your Own
If you have a dog then you are likely to spend at least an hour a day taking them for a walk. This gives you a good opportunity to make some extra cash by doing something that you would normally be doing anyway. Advertise for dog walking services in your neighborhood and you may find that your dog soon has some company on their daily walks. You may have to get some insurance but this can still be a very profitable venture. The important thing to remember with dog walking is that you should not take on more dogs than you are comfortable with as you will be responsible for keeping them safe.