Dog Walking Business
With people working 9- 5 they often do not have the time to walk their pets in the day. As a dog walker you would walk their pets for them in the day. This simple business idea could become profitable with a good amount of customers. If you are walking more than one pet at a time then you could increase your profit further.
Dog walking has become increasingly popular over the last few years and I think the reason being is that there are thousands of dog lovers who want or have dogs, but these people also have to go out to work too. You cannot leave a dog in the house for hours on end by itself with no outdoor walk to stretch the dogs legs and let it go to the toilet.
it’s simple and low-cost to set up and you get to work from home and choose the hours that suit you.
According to an industry expert, only 3 percent of households nationally use a pet sitter or dog walker. Even so, that adds up to 50 million to 60 million visits annually, according to the same source–and that number is on the rise. In fact, the outlook for pet sitters and dog walkers has never been better.
Simple Steps for start Dog Walking Business
Decide Your Business Name
this is important for advertising purposes. Once you have decided on a business name, you might want to think of getting a logo designed for you.
Check your business is legalized or not
legalize your business, you should go your state’s business website and register your business. Dog walkers in general, do not need a business license, but you still require letting your state know you are into a business.
Maintain the Papers/Agreements
Make sure that you have a signed service agreement and a pet profile so that you will know the dog’s like and dislikes as well as how to take care of it. To have this professional paperwork,
Decide the Payments
Now you need to set your rates of pay. I would set a half-hourly rate as well as an hourly because an hourly rate may be too long for some dog owners’ needs. Look Online or ring around local dog walkers to find out what their half-hourly rate is as guidance.
Dog handling skills
There are animal welfare courses that you can take either locally or by distance learning. If you want to take your dog walking business seriously and to the full extent, then a diploma in animal care would be a welcome addition to your business and attracting customers.
Advertise in social media, create a blog about the company or even create a website about its services. With the technology available today, promotions wouldn’t be too difficult. Get few business cards and ask if you can leave a bunch at pet supply stores and veterinary offices, ask if a veterinary office can refer you.
Flyers are an excellent way to advertise for local small businesses and services. Create and print them off yourself or you can get them done cheaply at a printers for a more professional look.
Word of mouth is another excellent and free way to get your service made viral. When you show that you provide an excellent service to your customers, they will automatically start talking about you and your services.
You will have to check with your customers if they are happy enough for their dog to be walked with other dogs, some people are not keen on this idea. Also, individual Councils have various rules on how many dogs can be walked together at any one time by an individual so please check with your local council