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Pet Store Management Questions?

What is the monthly cost for a good sized pet store? I am thinking of owning a pet store and want to know how much how much it would cost monthly which is including buying pets and supplies and paying
employees. I would want to breed the pets so not as much do I need
to know how much it is to buy them then to paying monthly costs like mortgage. Also, what is a good number of employees and how much should I pay them? Overall how much money could I make and how much would the monthly costs for the pet store. Thank you to all!

P.S. What do you think of this name for it? “Liz and Cam’s Pet store.” That is my cousin and my code names.
If you don’t think that’s good please tell me another name!

P.P.S. What do you think good gallon sized cages for all types of pets are? Are ten gallons enough for everything from hermit crabs to
big hamsters. Then for big reptiles to rabbits 30 gallon tank?

P.P.P.S. What should I sell the animals for? Please give me estimates on most store bought animals so it is less than the other
pet stores but still making enough money to support a family.

P.P.P.P.S. I am thinking of sharing the Business with my cousin.
How much should we each get to make it an even pay between us? Also how hard is it to breed rodents, fish, reptiles, and birds in a pet store. Thank you to all who answers!

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2 Responses to “Pet Store Management Questions?”

  1. success_marker May 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    To lease/purchase the space in which to open your store will vary place to place. It could cost anything, really. From $1000-$10,000 for high end real estate.

    1. Most names do fine. Yours proposes a close, homey feel. I like it.

    2. 10 gallon tanks will work with small rodents. Rats and larger will do better in wire cages, as would guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. A “big” reptile would meed more than a 30 gallon- depending on how long it takes to sell the animal.

    3. This sounds like work for the business owner or marketing consultant. Anyway, prices vary with the area you are in, generally speaking. Even if prices were constant throughout the states there are too many breeds, species, and color phases available to list here.

    4. Without a business model and estimated monthly revemue that the store brings in, no one will be able to tell you how much $ you could earn. When you open a private business, it can be really hit or moss and earnings can vary widely from month-to-month.

    Breeding animals in store. I don’t think so. Rodents like hamsters and rats breed readily and easily but nothing else would be easy to breed. Fish breeding varies with the species depending on pH, light duration, temperature and M-F ratio. Birds can be even more dificult to breed and are very fragile as young chicks. Reptiles can ve just as difficult to breed as the more advanced fish- but again, it varies from species to species.

  2. Shelley May 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    The lease depends on where you are and what type of building you want to lease for your store. If your in a mall it could be a couple of thousand a month or much more. Don’t forget you’ll also need insurance for the leased space and Business insurance.

    Breeding animals is very expensive and will require research into the needs of each animal. you will also need to pay a vet for his or her services. all parent animals need to be vet checked and all offspring need to be examined prior to being sold. You will also need to pay fees to have sickly animals humanely euthanized. And there will be a fee for the disposal of dead animals.

    Contact the SPCA it’s a good idea to have a good relationship with the SPCA. find out exactly what you need to provide in order to have the animals in humane conditions.

    It’s hard to say what the monthly costs will be because I don’t know what the costs are in your area.

    for a small Business maybe bring in one or two more employee for the first little while or the two of you could run it but you won’t have much free time. What ever minimum wages is in your area is the least you can pay them. Remember you will need insurance when taking on employees and you need to be aware of workplace health and safety requirements in your area.

    Love the name by the way

    a 10 gallon can only hold 5 small hermit crabs. I would suggest getting bigger. Look into getting custom made glass tanks or industrial build tanks. Shop around see what you can find. over crowded tanks are not attractive and do not make for good sales or reputations.

    the price of animals depends on how much it costs you to get them. Research your sources if you go to breeders personally visit their facilities and never purchase animals for sale that are unhealthy or come from inhumane conditions. Better yet look into teaming up with a rescue and having adoption days or adopting animals rather that getting them from breeders. some pet stores will take animals from the shelter and sell them adding a fee to the adoption fee. something to look into

    you need to find a small Business adviser in your area. You will be the last person to be paid after all the bills other employees and all other fees. Don’t expect to make a profit right away. Look into local programs that help small Business set up and use any free advice you can get.

    Breeding animals is very expensive, time consuming, and heart breaking. You need to have well rounded experience in any animal that you choose to sell. It may be easier to focus on animal products rather than live animals.

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