If you’re a dog lover and have been seeking a profitable business that you can enjoy then a dog grooming may be right for you. It’s estimated by the APPA (American Pet Products Association) that Americans spent over $9 billion on pet services in 2019. Of that, $2.6 billion was spent on dog grooming.
Here are 5 easy steps to get started.
Even if you think you know it all, you’ll still benefit from being certified. If you joined a pet services site such as Barxie, pet owners will be searching first for dog groomers who have certification. During a course, you’ll learn how to handle all temperaments of dogs, and common health issues that you may see during a typical dog grooming session.
2. Type of business.
Do you want to run your own business? Should it be a sole proprietorship or a corporation? Of so, you’ll have to consider whether you need a registered business license. There is also insurance to consider. But if you sign up through a dog services site, such as Barxie, some of these complicated tasks will be done for you. All you’ll have to worry about is showing up at your bookings and providing excellent dog grooming services.
3. Best supplies & equipment.
If you’re providing mobile dog grooming services then you’ll need reliable transportation and a good kit of grooming supplies. The basics include clippers, scissors, and sheers. If you’re bathing dogs, you’ll need shampoo, conditioner, spray, and ear cleaner. To add a bit of whimsy to your services, you can also stock up on bows and bandanas. If your services are to be done in your home, or from a mobile SUV or van, you’ll need a bathtub or doggy shower station and a professional grooming table.
4. Pricing your services.
You don’t want to go too low with your pricing, as dog owners may wonder if you’re rushing through the session. On the other hand, you don’t want to be priced so high that potential clients think you only offer luxury dog grooming services. Check out the competition and price somewhere in the middle. If it’s not quite right, you can adjust it easily on our Barxie site.
5. Marketing your services.
Marketing can be a big expense, especially when you first begin. Word-of-mouth helps. It can help to have an attractive sign made up at your local sign shop to place on your front lawn, or to have painted on the side of your vehicle. If you’re signing up on Barxie, most of the marketing is already done for you. But you still need to write a coherent and attractive dog grooming listing that makes you stand out from other dog groomers in your region.
Your dog grooming business will change and evolve as you become more experienced in your business. You may wish to add additional services to your clients. Since the holidays are ahead, now is the perfect time to start a new dog grooming business!
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