I am always interested in “outside the box” ways to start a side business or earn money. So when I started reading about how Kristin Larsen started her dog treat bakery business from home and eventually turned it into five figures a month, I wanted to know more!
In today's post, I'm sharing with you a few details about Kristin and what she accomplished, some things to think about before deciding to begin a dog treat business yourself, and how you can sign up for her free workshop which gives you a lot more details.
Yes, Kristin does have an e-course that teaches you how to do it by following the exact steps she took to make this successful business venture happen for herself, but it won't be for everyone.
The free workshop is what you should do first to decide if you think a dog treat bakery business would be suited to you.
Kristin Larsen is someone I've been familiar with several years. In addition to having a successful dog treat bakery business, she also made money managing Pinterest accounts for other people as a Pinterest virtual assistant.
I knew about the Pinterest VA part of her entrepreneurial journey and have in the past shared info about the resources she has to teach others to do that as well.
However, I didn't know very much about her dog treat bakery business venture, and when I read more about it all I could think was how it's a unique idea for a business — something not everyone is doing, either (not a lot of competition is a good thing).
Kristin was doing her dog treat business on the side at first — mainly selling at local farmer's markets and on Etsy — but she eventually turned it into a five-figure venture. Her treats were even offered in Emmy swag bags one year!
Why Would Anyone Want Homemade Treats Vs. Store Bought?
You may be wondering why anyone would pay you to bake treats for their dogs when they can just go to the grocery store and pick something up.
While the grocery store and what they offer is super, super convenient, we all know how much people love to pamper their dogs.
And we also know that in recent years, people are all about homemade, natural foods with natural, not processed ingredients. And this extends to not just people, but our pets too!
Many people love the idea of rewarding their pets with something baked with more thought and care rather than something mass-produced.
Even if it's just an occasional treat, people will spend the money on this at times. Especially if you can create something that looks appetizing for your pet and is packaged attractively.
Is There Really a Big Market For Dog Treats?
Yes. Millions of dollars are spent every single year on dog treats by consumers, and a large portion of this comes from “all-natural” food and treats.
In fact, people are spending more money on their pets since the pandemic as many are forced to work at home and are around their pets more than before.
So, people do want and need these!
Is It Expensive To Get Started?
Overall, you can start pretty small. You use your own kitchen and invest in some ingredients, bakeware, packaging, etc. Some of this stuff you can use things you already have.
You also need to see about getting a business license, and it's important to check the laws in your area around preparing and selling food made from your home kitchen.
Even if you are just cooking for pets, there are still different regulations in place revolving around food made and sold from your home which will vary depending on where you live.
Other Things to Think about With a Dog Bakery Business
You are of course going to need to promote yourself to begin earning money. You don't necessarily have to have a website starting out.
It's best to just use your social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook would be best to start) and post attractive photos of the treats you make.
Do the social media sharing consistently so that people don't forget who you are, and invite your friends and family to share. The better you can make your photos, the more interested people will be.
According to Kristin, it's not that hard to earn anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per month doing this just on the side. And it can be a full-time job if you have the time to invest in it fully.
If You Are Interested In Learning More …
If you want to know details about this, just sign up for Kristin's free workshop. It's no strings attached and will help you decide if you should sign up for her full e-course.
In the workshop, Kristin gives you more specifics about a dog treat bakery business and what it takes to get it going.
In the full e-course, you'll get access to the EXACT steps she took to turn it into a money-making venture for herself, including:
- Pet treat recipes
- Legally forming a business
- Attractively presenting your treats
- Packing and shipping treats
- A pricing structure to make it easy to price your treats
- Where to sell your treats
- How to accept payments
- How to promote your business
There are also bonuses included, such as how to create nutrition labels, a dog treat recipe book, and 30 days of free access to the Diva Dog Bakery Facebook group which will help you a ton because you can converse with other people enrolled in the course and ask questions.
Where to Start
Good luck if you decide to give this a try!