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9 low-cost business ideas for animal lovers

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The "Fitbit for Dogs" allows pet owners to see what their pets are up to all day through an app on their smartphones. 
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9 low-cost business ideas for animal lovers

I wish I could just play with animals all day.

If you’re an animal lover you know you’ve said that once or twice before. What if that dream could become a reality and a money maker?

“With so many people having dogs instead of children, products and services that help people care for their four-legged family members are in a growth pattern that I don’t see slowing down for the near future,” says Matthew Osborn, doo-doo guru and owner of Pooper Scooper Services.

Since 1994, the pet industry has nearly quadrupled in sales. In 2015, Americans spent over $60 billion on their pets, according to American Pet Products, a nonprofit trade association serving the pet industry. It’s estimated that 2016 will see an increase of $3 billion in sales.

If you’re an animal lover looking to go into your own business, these are 9 low-cost business ideas that could get you on your way. The paw-ssibilities are endless!

NOTE: Before starting a small business, research your state for requirements for business licenses and tax registration for small businesses.

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