Thinking of Starting a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business? Read This First.
I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon cropping up in Toronto in the last few years. It’s starting to feel like it’s raining cat (sitters) and dog (walkers) – so many businesses starting up, then closing after the hopeful entrepreneur realizes that running a business isn’t ALL tailwags and kitty kisses. If you’re thinking of starting a dog walking business, please read this first!
When you think about becoming your own boss, it sounds like a dream. But with that dream comes a hefty dose of reality: you are now a business owner. If you think you’re going to be walking dogs and cuddling cats all day, think again. All the boring business stuff is now your responsibility—you’re now an accountant, a secretary, a graphic and web designer, a social media and marketing specialist, a customer service representative and more. You have to take care of insuring your business, keeping up your education, pet first aid credentials, bookkeeping, buying supplies (you’d be surprised how quickly you’ll go through treats and poop bags), managing clients, answering the phone, finding new clients, keeping your website up to date, upholding policies, and finding a backup for days you just can’t make it to work.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to steer you away from entrepreneurship if this is your dream. I just hope you realize that starting a business is a big adventure, with ups and downs… a LOT of ups and downs. I say this from experience—and it’s a sad reality that most small businesses fail in their infancy. I think one of the biggest reasons for this is that young entrepreneurs have this big shiny dream (which is awesome!) and fail to create structure and foundation that their business so desperately needs in its formative years (which is less awesome).
If you’ve read the above and you feel ready for the challenge, that’s wonderful! I will be the first to encourage and support you to follow your dream. Please don’t hesitate to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I would be happy to help you with any questions you may have. 🙂
If, however, you’re feeling dizzy and overwhelmed by all the new hats, I have good news. There are alternatives—you CAN walk dogs and cuddle cats all day, without all the boring business stuff. When you’re hired as an employee for a pet sitting and dog walking company, you don’t have to worry about anything other than being the best pet nanny you can be. And the rest of your day belongs to you, not to the dozens of phone calls and invoices and questions from clients.
Even more good news? PetsGo is hiring! I invite you to read our employment page and apply if it sounds like a good fit for you.
Pet sitting and dog walking are an excellent source of supplemental income for somebody who either works/studies from home, or is a stay-at-home parent. If this sounds like you, apply now!
Whether you want to apply or not, you’re welcome to join our Facebook community of Toronto Pet Parents!
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