Are you a pet lover? If you are then you may just be ready to start an online pet store. I believe that you absolutely have to love pets in order to own a pet store. There is just no way to fake it with pets, the simply know who loves them and who doesn’t. If you are looking for an exciting business than take a hard look at the pet industry. An online pet store can be build as extension of other companies like pet food, pet toys and pet training aides.
Now you may think that starting an online pet store will be an overwhelming experience but it doesn’t have to be. In this day and age you can sell products online but you don’t have to stock those items. There are lots of companies that will fill your orders for you they are called drop shippers. Therefore, you may only have stock very little in actual products if any at all.
All you will need is what is called a ecommerce website which will allow your visitors to browse your inventory an click on the item they are interested and then simply check out and pay for the items. Then you will receive a notice that someone has purchased something from your store. In some cases you can have these orders automatically forwarded to the drop shipper but I personally like review my orders then forwarding them on at my discretion.
Now picking a company to handle your drop shipping is as easy as doing a search online. There are literally hundreds of drop shipping companies. The main goal is to first choose a reputable company. Most online companies will have testimonials plus you can check with the Better Business Bureau in the state they are located in. After you have chosen a company try to build your inventory around items that are popular to start. Be careful about listing high priced exotic items until you have gotten your feet wet.
These items generally have a high return rate. You will be much better off starting with those items that in fact you would purchase, like high quality feeds, pet enclosures, leashes, toys and pet training books and videos. This way you will begin to start making money and build a reputation. From their you can add items that are purchased more on a whim than on necessity.
As in any business customer service is still king. So make sure that the items you chose for your online store are pretty much always in stock. So starting an online pet store is truly not hard at all just remember that this is a business and it still requires work and dedication to be successful. Just because it’s a virtual business doesn’t mean you don’t have to mind the store.