This was a new idea to me. Alyssa McCleery from Newkirk, Oklahoma, brought this up. She has local dog grooming but had to drive hours to find a place to get her cat groomed.
I was skeptical at first, but why not cat grooming as a service?
Just trimming cat claws can be a challenge. Not to mention those longhair cats who get matted and tangled fur.
Seems like a perfect mobile business for rural areas. Show up in a van or trailer, do grooming on site and cover as much territory as you choose.
There is an economic development benefit. When someone has to drive out of town, maybe hours away, to get their pet groomed, they are going to be shopping and spending money while they wait. Better to have that service provided in town, maybe even in home, and avoid the extra out-of-town spending.
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About Becky McCray
Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.
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- Small town business idea: cat grooming – November 15, 2021
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- Rural business idea: sell foraged fruits and more – August 3, 2021
- Best practices for rural housing – July 19, 2021
- How to be more open to new ideas #IdeaFriendly – July 3, 2021
- Market your small town as a movie filming location, attract movie and game fan tourists – June 28, 2021