Monday, March 7, 2022

A Freelance Gig to Consider: Pet Food Maker


Although some people associate this type of business with "gourmet pet food", I believe the demand is much greater.  More people are buying pets and things that give them a certain quality of life, such as clothing.  However, I personally believe that eating food that's nutritionally sound will reduce trips to the vet.  Yes, just like with us humans.

Help Change Pet Eating Habits

Then there are people who find it cute that their cat's munching down on sushi or is throwing a tantrum because they want a piece of your beef brisket.  If you don't believe me, there are numerous TV shows and streaming channels loaded with such content.  The flip side is the fact that your pet's health may be compromised while posing for the camera.

Satisfy a Need that May Be Affected by the Pandemic or Recession

In the meantime, there's another factor to consider in starting a pet food business.  Our current economy has availability of certain goods and some of what does make it to the shelves has been marked up.  Since this latest war, we can expect further price increases in the coming months.

Help Pet Owners Save Money

Gourmet pet food is already marketed to certain breeds (read: premium or pricey) but now some claim to act as a preventative health product.  While I have no personal knowledge of the industry, I do know that many pet foods on the lower price scale contain less-than-healthy ingredients that may damage their organs or other vital body parts.  Anyone with a cat knows that alternating wet food is best for their kidneys, especially if they don't drink water regularly.

Getting Started

While there are some videos and other resources that say you can get the ball rolling for about $1K, it may be best to research your target audience. You may find the dog and/or cat food market may be oversaturated if you're going live.  On the other hand, opening up an online store that targets a specific need, such as pet weight loss may be profitable.

Whatever concept you come up with, this article by The Balance has some good feedback for making sure you take to right legal steps next.  In these times, following safety provisions is key to not getting dinged financially before you even get on a roll.  It may also help to see what your competition is doing and look into ways to prove the effectiveness of your final product.  Oftentimes, seeing is believing since pets can't tell us whether something is too salty or they don't care for a particular protein

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Site Update: March 2022

With the current economic climate being what it has been for the past couple of years, we've decided a change was the best move to make right now.  We know many of you are struggling to grow your business or get resources without buying someone’s outdated Patreon project or sitting through a directionless presentation.  One of the new blog goals is to be a place for you to share your business. 

Give yourself a plug for less than a regular cup of coffee and network with like-minded brands! Freelancing has become a way of life for many and often growth is achieved when we step outside of our comfort zone.

When you fill out the form, state the name and nature of your business in 50 words or less, along with contact information, social media links, and any visuals you believe are relevant to a specific audience.  Like any other advertising plan, we at Anthracite Creative Solutions reserves the right to deny any content that doesn’t appeal to general audiences.  If you’re in doubt or would like to appeal your case, contact us and we may be able to work something out.

The other matters include the new format we’ve adopted.  Our big change involves becoming a strong resource for freelancers.  We want to provide regularly updated information about new opportunities, legal matters, and changes that affect your business.  The tone will remain the same, meaning we’re steering clear of the political stuff and any bad news (like a content company that doesn’t pay) will have verifiable proof.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you’ll share this info with others!