From walking dogs to selling seeds, plants, and honey, these women have turned their passion for Mother Nature into money. Learn their secrets so you can start earning too!
“I earn up to $12,000 a month as a dog walker!”
“I’ve always been a dog owner, and our family had two dog walkers who helped us out. I had wanted to be a dog walker myself, but I was nervous about leaving my full-time job as a social worker. Then, when I learned that one of our walkers was closing her business, I reached out and she said I should open my own dog-walking and pet-sitting business. She offered to help me get the business off the ground and referred a handful of her clients to me. So I gave my notice at work, and three years ago, opened Milwaukee Paws Pet Care (MilwaukeePaws.com).
“When I started the business, I got my license, formed an LLC, purchased insurance, and business cards, set up a website and took a pet first aid and CPR class. I spoke to local groomers and veterinarians to spread the word and find more clients.
“Late spring is one of the busiest times of the year. We offer services such as dog walking, urban adventures, cognitive enrichment, and long leash hikes, where we take dogs out to parks and other areas for one to three hours. The dogs get out and exercise, and our clients can do their meetings from home. I make between $10,000 and $12,000 a month, and as people go back to work, we expect sales to pick up. The money I earn pays the bills, goes back into the business and allows my husband and me to travel several times throughout the year!” -Dawn Jacques, 50, Milwaukee
“I bring in up to $3,000 a month selling honey!”
“I’ve always had a love of nature, gardening, and bees. About 10 years ago, I wanted to improve my gardening and help the bees, so I bought a beehive and equipment. I learned about beekeeping from books, YouTube videos, classes, and my local beekeepers association. When people heard I had bees and asked to buy honey, I thought it would be a great side gig.
“I first checked in with my state about the rules for selling honey, and I sourced basic canning jars and packaging. At first I had a regular beehive, but it’s labor intensive and it can be stressful for the bees because they can be crushed each time the honey supers (the boxes bees store honey in) are moved. So I purchased the Flow Hive, a kit that allows you to harvest the honey without opening the hive, moving the honey supers or disturbing the bees. The honey flows right into the jar — it made the work so much easier!
“To spread the word and network, I attend master beekeeper events, where I educate people about bees and how we can support them. I also post photos on Instagram (@GardenVarietyBees) and have 12,000 followers. Through these experiences, I have other potential opportunities in the works. There are companies who want me to promote their products, and I have been asked to be a lead author on a book about bees.
“I’m passionate about bees, and working with them is so calming! Now through July is my busiest time of year and though my revenue varies, I’ve made up to $3,000 in one month.” -Nanette Davis, 49, Houston
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.