Dogs: they are man’s best friend, and we have a way with these amazing pets. Well, it even gets better when you combine your love for dogs with a dog walking career. But there are some essential things you will need to consider before going ahead with this brilliant venture. A dog walking career can be both satisfying and lucrative when the proper steps are taken.
Research your area of business. Check with local pet stores and groomers to know if there is sufficient demand for dog walking businesses. Check both craigslist and newspaper ads. Rover.com is one of the best ways to get started for anyone looking how to start a dog walking business. The site has a wide range of resources that can be very useful for any dog lover. Also, remember to assess the level of competition in your locale as you obviously don’t want to start, only to realize later on that the competition is too much.
Offer yourself to walk dogs at your local pet shelter or humane society. This will allow you to gain sufficient exposure to everything from small, untrained breeds to large, overactive dogs. It will also help you to see accurately if such a career is your thing.
Don’t quit your full-time job. Consider dog sitting first, instead of a full dog walking business. Dog sitting is going to offer you the chance to gain experience and skills without losing your present income; and your name will at the same time circulate. But, if you are only part-time or unemployed, then get under way with a dog walking career is going to make more sense. One can be in the venture for just the price of some photocopied fliers, a free Craigslist or newspaper ad.
Contact you’re the office of your county clerk to know if you require a business license. A majority of home businesses generally need licenses; but because you’ll not have customers coming over to your home, or selling any item except your time, an operating license might be not be required. Once you start getting many clients consider obtaining insurance. Plenty of companies are available out there ready to offer you the best dog walker and pet sitter insurance.
Set up your rates. To know how people in your area charged by other dog walkers in your area, give these walkers a call. You can charge $20-$30 for a full hour or $10-$15 for a half hour depending on the area.
Promote your business. Create a company name, a logo and design and use it on your business website, cards, and fliers. Post your ads on neighborhood pet stores, bulletin boards, veterinarians, grocery stores and groomers. Your brochure or website should feature your biography highlighting your reasons for choosing to be a dog walker.
Get started with pulling in some clients via the site Rover.com review
Come up with a standard contract that doesn’t have to be very long, but should highlight all TCs, days, rates and times. The contract should also contain a disclaimer stating that the owner must have appropriate ID (microchip and/or tags), up to date vaccinations and are responsible for any damage on properties.