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Cash in on Your Adorable Pooch
If your dog is anything like mine, they’re a member of the family, one of your dearest friends, and a pivotal member of your support system. They’re also expensive, which can be a problem when you’re on a tight budget. The good news is that it’s possible to use your dog to help supplement your work at home income. Yes.. you really can make money with your dog – even the average person (and average pet!) Here are some creative ways to turn your fur baby into an income machine!
Leverage Social Media
Go to Facebook and you’ll find several accounts that are run by dogs. The odds are pretty good that most of these started off as a cute way to include pets in social media, but in many cases, they have turned into accounts that generate money. The trick is to slowly use your dog to develop a brand. Once you have done this you can use them for all sorts of things, including helping other people promote products, write books “authored” by your pooch, and other interesting money making ventures. Two animals that have helped their owners build a fabulous brand are Ricochet-Surf Dog and Grumpy Cat.
Make Videos of Your Pooch
Just a quick warning, this is often the hardest part of the process. The video has to be of your dog doing something awesome. Watch your dog for a few days and see if they do something interesting that makes you laugh. If they don’t you should teach them a great, humorous trick and then make a video clip. Just a word of warning, make sure that the clip doesn’t show any type of behavior or environmental issues that could be considered unsafe.
In addition to posting the video to your dog’s social media accounts, you should share it on your own as well. Invite your friends and family members to do the same. The more the video is shared, the greater the likelihood of it going viral, and having a video go viral or to trend is your ultimate goal.
Stay With It
Don’t assume that just because one or two of your dog’s videos has gone viral, that you’ll start to be approached by companies that want to use them for promotional purposes. It’s going to take some time and you need to continuously work to build their fan page. Marketing experts are quick to point out that the animals that have really started to rake in the cash are the ones who have at least ½ million fans.
Showcase Your Dog’s Personality
The pets that really do well are the ones that have a wonderful personality, great pet parents with strong marketing skills, and a good story. If you rescued your dog, or if they work with kids with special needs, or have a unique background, make sure you share it.
With a little creativity and a lot of hard work, you can partner up with your pet and create an Internet empire with a steady stream of residual income.