You can start your own business, building dog houses for yourself, and others to sell for you. If you can build, quality dog houses, that will stand up to any weather, and can also offer upscale models of quality dog houses, you could have a nice part time, or full time business for yourself. Some people like a simple “A” frame style dog house, with no frills, just something simple, Fido can sleep, and live in.
Other people want the very best for their dogs, they are like family to them and they treat them that way! If you can build some houses that are sound, and quality built, and have some extra amenities with them, to make them stand out from your average house, like windows, or a front or back porch, a balcony, an upstairs, downstairs model, you could make really good money and have building them at the same time!
You could have several styles of your dog houses. You could take pictures of them, and make up a nice flier that you can take to pet supply stores, feed supply stores, dog motels, dog groomers, and more. Offer to put some of your houses in their stores on consignment. You can give the store owner a percentage of each dog house they sell or take an order for you. If you could design your own doghouses, that you could fit in a box, and give simple directions on how to put them together, you could sell your dog houses through the mail, to companies and internet sales.
Lots of people are used to putting furniture together themselves these days. Lots of stuff comes in boxes from overseas, and you pretty much have to put it all together most of the time. You can your own houses that fit in a box, and easier to handle and ship out. You could also sell them online on the major auction sites, as that is an easy outlet to start a business quickly, if you have a good product. Also, ask other pet shop type websites, to list your houses on their website, and you will drop ship each one, and give them a commission for each dog house sold through them.
You should put signs on your vehicle saying you build “custom dog houses” and then, if you can print a picture out of a completed dog house, in color, and laminated it, you can make up some magnetic signs of some of your models, with the prices underneath each house. You would get lots of customers that way also.