Animal grooming is hard work, but you also get to hang out with pets all day. Shampooing, fluffing, pampering, clipping nails, grooming fur — for many people, taking care of their pets is one of their highest priorities. For self-employed groomers, that can pay off handsomely.
A good way to find out if pet grooming is the job for you is to take a job with another groomer first. The pay may not be as high as if you were self-employed, but it's a good way to find out if you like the profession. The work is fun for animal-loving energetic people but is also physically demanding. Self-employed pet groomers can make upwards of $75,000 a year if they have a steady amount of pets coming in [source: NBC]. Once groomers establish a clientele of regular customers and their pets (or pets and their humans), they can operate out of their homes, a mobile unit or their own shop, depending on their needs.