Start by talking with pet sitters who already have a dog walker business. For instance, you may not realize that one of the things you must have is insurance.
We spoke to Melissa Thomas, dog walker at Woof Dog Walking Service in Delaware. So here are her top tips for anyone thinking of going into the dog walking business.
TIP #1 How to find clients
First things first. Before you can become a popular dog walker with lots of clients, you’ll need to start building your business from somewhere. For instance, you can meet your friends and neighbors and let them know you want to start pet-sitting or dog walking.
TIP #2 Start slow
Secondly, you may be in a hurry to earn cash from your dog walker service. It’s probably a better idea not to leave your job just yet. Consider running the two side-by-side by dog walking after hours, or by cutting down your hours in your regular job. This way you won’t be desperate, and you’ll give your dog walking business time to grow.
TIP #3 Get some experience
In the beginning, consider working with a Dog Walking Agency.This way you’ll learn the ins and outs of the business without shouldering the responsibilities that come with owning a small business. In fact, joining an agency is the easiest way you can start earning income as a dog walker.
As mentioned before, you may not be able to get clients without having the experience or the reputation as a good dog walker. Pet owners will never let their pets go out with just anyone. Build your reputation. Dog owners may have to hand over the key to their homes so they need to trust you. Some of your clients would want to see your dog walking insurance. Another great thing about working for an agency is that they will even take care of the legal requirements, such as dog walking insurance.
TIP #4 Learn the law
Also, learning about the laws of the city you are in is important when trying to start a dog walking business. For instance, where can you walk the dogs, and where can’t you?
TIP #5 Know your way around your town
It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the layout of your city. This way, you won’t have to roam around aimlessly. So, get to know the hideaway spots, parks, back trails, and dog parks you can walk your furry friends to. Learn from experienced pet sitters.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and start your business. Keep all these tips in mind. It is also important to protect yourself from any liability. How? Ask Small Business Liability.
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