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The UK’s leading local services marketplace has analysed data from more than 400,000 British businesses and three million job requests, to reveal which businesses will be the most successful to start in 2019, based on supply and demand. Dog and pet 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.

The UK’s leading local services marketplace has analysed data from more than 400,000 British businesses and three million job requests, to reveal which businesses will be the most successful to start in 2019, based on supply and demand.

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.

Bark.com hopes the data list will be useful for members of the public who would like to start their own business in 2019, by giving insight into which business sectors need more service professionals.

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

Bark.com has also created a list that details the underserviced sectors in the UK’s major cities, the sectors that are currently being over serviced and should be avoided, along with the average salaries that can be made for all sectors: https://www.bark.com/blog/the-businesses-you-should-start-in-2019/

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’s estimated that there are 8.9 million pet dogs in the UK* with the UK pet care market valued at £4.4 billion**.

The average dog and pet groomer can do six jobs a day. 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 £1200 on average and can be obtained via City & Guilds.

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. Bark.com operates in the UK and USA and generates £1 billion worth of business through the platform every year.

Bark.com 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!”