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Things To Think About Before Starting A Dog Walking Business

Jun 5, 2008
Introduction

If you are the sort of person who actively likes being with dogs, but are unhappy with the sort of line of work that you are in maybe it's time to combine an activity that you love with a way of earning money! One of the simplest ways of doing this is to start a dog walking business. If you are unsure of what all this would entail then as with any business, it requires research: fortunately there are plenty of pet trade magazines and website that can help with this side of things.

What is a Dog Walker?

Qualify what a dog walker does. Do you know? For example there is a great deal of difference between a pet sitter and a dog walker. Pet sitter responsibilities are based around the general domestic needs of a wide variety of species: not just dogs. A pet sitter might be required to feed, administer medication and keep the pet happy. A dog walker simply walks dogs, and cleans-up the poop of the canines in their charge. Watering and maybe administering meds can also be part of the remit.

The Legal Side of Business

When setting up a business it best to understand the type of business that you will be running: as most dog walking business are solo affairs, then it would be wise to research being a sole proprietor. If you intending to involve anyone else then will they are a partner or an employee? What about protecting your personal assets in case of failure? In this case you might consider a Limited Liability Company. Other legal requirements might involve contacting your local authority as you may need a licence, or to register. Of course good insurance is a must.

Administration

Any business will generate admin. This will involve contracts with you clients; reports on what your doing; a register of client details; vet details and pet care information; tax details. The most important are the rates you charge for your services. This can be dependant on the area where your clients live as well as what you will include in your service: for example, would you be qualified to administer meds? Therefore look at what client would require a dog walker and sort out the rates accordingly.

Conclusion

If you want to run a business that is fun and healthy, then a dog walking business is a great idea for any active person. You will get paid for doing work that you like and for being out and about rather than for being behind a desk or stuck on the shop floor. You should always remember though, that it is a business, and you should treat it as such. You should always treat your enterprise with a professional approach, and be ready to fulfil all of your commitments, even if the weather is lousy, or if you just don't feel like it. If you are willing to do all this, then you could be starting a successful business.
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Are you considering starting a dog walking business ? Find out some of the things you should think about before starting out. If you have any dog or puppy training questions too, feel free to stop by our website.
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