If you love dogs then a Dog Walking Service may be an excellent start-up small home business for you. You would be doing people a service as well as making money quickly. Many busy working people are in need of someone to take care of their dogs during the day.
Check with your local authorities to make sure you have all the necessary licenses and permits. Set up a LLC (Limited Liability Corportation) and get liability insurance to protect you in case a unfortunate situation should arise. Training in dog behavior will also prove valuable.
If you should also decide to do dog sitting as well. you will also need to have a fenced yard with the ability to separate the dogs in case they do not get along while waiting for their owners to pick them up.
In time you may wish to expand your dog walking business. Check our dog grooming page for more information.
Get in touch with the Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) for help with loans and information on starting a small business if you have questions.
Most small businesses need enough backup cash to keep their business solvent for 9 months to a year before it becomes profitable. This should not be a problem with a dog walking service. You will probably not make a lot of money at first, but because of your low overhead, you should be bringing in income much quicker.
Another reason small businesses fail is that people do not have the necessary skills to handle the paperwork. Such as taxes and bookeeping. Get a good business software program like Qucikbooks or talk to a tax professional about keeping your bookeeping records organized. You must keep precise records or you may run into trouble with the I.R.S.
Don't forget you will need someone to answer your phone when you are busy with the dogs. You will be unable to answer the phone when you are handling dogs and many people will not leave a message. Missing business calls will kill a business.
Check with pet shops, veternarian offices, boarding kennels, dog grooming services, obedience schools, dog pounds, dog rescue locations and any other places you can think of to get business and leave business cards and flyers if possible.
When you have time, volunteer to walk dogs at the dog pound to help the staff. If anyone asks them about dog walker or sitter services, you will get their recommendation. If you love being with dogs, a dog walking business may give you something that you will enjoy, and make money doing.
Captain Lucky's Recommended Training (Ebooks)
Dog Training is a free mini-course on training and handling of dogs. This is something that most every dog owner can use. Check it out.
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How to Start a Home-Based Pet-Sitting and Dog-Walking Business has everything you need to know to run a profitable pet-sitting and dog-walking business from your home. Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based pet-sitting and dog-walking business?
There is no better time to do so than now. This fledgling field, which combines the appeal of working with animals, a viable customer base, and truly low start-up costs, is fast becoming an established profession for many.
The Dog Walker's Startup Guide was written by a dog-walking pioneer, this book provides all the information anyone would need to start up his or her own dog walking business.
Presented in twelve well-defined steps, the author's action model incorporates everything from business basics to the fundamentals of animal psychology.
Supported by a strong website and ancillary materials including a training DVD, the book will appeal to those seeking financial freedom at the end of a leash.
The Unofficial Guide to Marketing Your Small Business has the inside scoop for such a low price... for when you want more than the official line!
Whether you own an upscale boutique or a plumbing company, a design studio or a dog walking service, a wholesale business or a homey cafe, marketing is critical to your success.
This guide helps you create a cost-effective, targeted marketing plan with a consistent image and message to build your customer base and your business.
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