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3rd January 2019

By Karen Pickwick

Pet grooming tops a list of the best new businesses to start in 2019 – and dog training is second.

A leading UK local services marketplace analysed data from more than 400,000 British businesses and three million job requests to reveal which start-ups would be the most successful, based on supply and demand. Grooming tops the list, with only 20% of job requests finding a professional on average across the country, indicating there is not enough supply in the sector.
 
Bark.com has been collecting and analysing its job request data over the past year to determine which job sectors are over-serviced, which need more supply and how much money can be made on average in these sectors.
 
The company hopes the data list will be useful for members of the public who would like to start their own business this year, by giving insight into which business sectors need more service professionals.
 
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Below is the 2019 list of sectors that need more professionals to service demand, along with the average ‘job’ price:
 
1.       Dog and pet grooming - £34.16
2.       Dog training - £99
3.       Catering – £700
4.       Gardening - £18/hr
5.       Personal training – £30/hr
6.       Wedding car hire – £295
7.       Marquee hire – £925
8.       House cleaning – £13/hr
9.       Hypnotherapy – £75
10.     DJ – £235
 
Dog and pet grooming is the most underserviced sector in the UK according to the data, with just 20% of job requests being answered on average. Dog training is closely followed, with a 33% response rate and then catering with a 44%. It is estimated that there are 8.9 million pet dogs in the UK, with the pet care market valued at £4.4 billion.
 
The average dog and pet groomer can do six jobs a day, according to Bark.com. Following a standard five-day work week, a pet groomer can make £1,024.80 before tax per week. Courses in pet grooming start at £1,200 on average.

In 2017 there were 3.4 million sole traders in the UK, with SMEs accounting for at least 99.5% of the businesses in every main industry sector.
 
Bark.com is a site where members of the public can find and connect with local service professionals from more than 30 industries. Service sectors include plumbing, photography, personal training, building, cleaning, catering and counselling, as well as an array of other professions. The website operates in the UK and US and generates £1bn worth of business through the platform every year.
 
Co-founder Kai Feller said: “We wanted to create something useful for the public with our insight and data and a list of the sectors that need more professionals was an obvious choice for us, considering what we do. The pet market is huge in the UK, we’re a real nation of dog lovers, so I’m not surprised there’s an abundance of customers in the space, however there is obviously a shortage of professionals.
 
“I hope this list helps advise those who have been deliberating on whether to start their own business and encourage more entrepreneurial spirit. Being self-employed and a sole trader has some amazing benefits, but it can be a big risk to take. I think the list encompasses enough sectors where most people will be able to read it and think, ‘Yes, I could do that’. Hopefully next year we’ll see an even bigger rise in small businesses.”