Many animal care workers work either from their own homes or are otherwise self-employed, working out of an office that is close to their home. If you are self-employed, you call the shots regarding where you can work. The good news is that in the animal care world, opportunities are everywhere. Most veterinarians go into private practice. Animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet sitters, owners of doggie daycare centers, and pet groomers are just a few of the self-employed animal workers.
Veterinarians can choose to live anywhere in the United States. The ones who set up shop in a rural part of the country often have more work than they can handle. Pet sitters, dog trainers, pet groomers, and owners of doggie daycare centers can have more lucrative careers by working in major metropolitan areas. They need to serve clients who work long hours, make good money, and dote on their pets. These clients often are employed by large corporations.
Many people in the corporate world dream about owning their own business. The truth is that creating a successful business doesn't happen overnight. Building a profitable business takes time, money, and good business acumen. Even if you graduate at the top of your class, it is essential to take a few business courses. You might be the best vet or dog groomer, but knowing how to run an office and get clients are necessary skills for setting up a business.
While dog trainers can work almost anywhere, it's true that they get more work in large cities. They may work either out of their own home or at a client's home. The same goes for animal behaviorists and some pet groomers. Pet groomers can work at retail pet shops, in their own homes, or they can take all of their grooming equipment with them to a client's home. One common denominator is that all self-employed people need a home office with a good computer to keep clients' records and billing handy.