- Investing- I always tell people that whatever business they start they need to at least make a minimum investment. Lets think, where are your clients located? clients can be located everywhere, if you are doing dog walking in your neighborhood only, there isn't much scope for growth and your intake would be minimal. You need to get as much clients as possible. This may cause you to expand your car to a van to accommodate picking up and dropping off of these dogs. This is the first part of transforming a hobby into a fully fledged business. If you want elite clients who want nothing but the best for their dogs then you have to invest in your business. Secondly, you would need some kits like the first aid kit, dog toys, a water bowl and a leash. These are the basic things you'll need that will help to turn the outing into a fun and successful one.
- Organize- The second part of the business would be proper organization. You need to keep a book with all your appointments so that you do not miss out on any and you know your route. On top of that you need to have a separate book with the contact details and names of all your clients. You also need to keep the keys of the clients' homes safe and secure and organized so you don't have any problems with pickups. Label the keys properly so that you do not mix them up. In another book, keep a list of the dogs and all of their requirements. Some dogs have some special needs or allergies or phobias. Watch the dogs' behaviors and interactions with each other to avoid any problems as you do not want the dogs to get distressed while dog walking.
- Advertise- The last step to setting up a successful business would be proper advertisement. Word of mouth is usually the best technique to get a lot of clients. However, you can take some additional efforts to expand your business and reach within the community. Some options are: advertising through flyers, posting posters on local mailboxes, advertising in your local newspaper, going door to door, advertising at local apartment buidlings, dog parks, pet stores or vets, or wearing a t-shirt with your company's name and contact details on it while dog walking.
If you love animals and really like working with them, you can consider starting your own dog walking business. Yes, people do pay nicely to have their dogs walked. There are many people who just do not have the time or simply physically incapable of walking their pet dogs themselves and therefore require the service of fit and able individuals whom possesses a natural love for animals, especially dogs. So what tools does one need to succeed in the dog walking business, well lets get you started.
Clive Williams is an Animal Enthusiast and the father of two dogs, Nica and Venom.