How to Start a Dog Walking Business, Part 6 is a summary of the main points from my previous 5 articles. You can use the summary outline as a reference for when you finally decide to start a dog walking business. I also highlight what I believe are the most important points to focus on and I have some final thoughts on having a dog walking and pet sitting business.
Starting a Dog Walking Business Part 5 is about getting reviews and testimonials from your clients, and asking them to act as references. I also cover regular management using a spread sheet for client contact info, scheduling and calculating fees owed and paid. Finally, I cover various topics such as hiring walkers, ongoing website concerns, raising rates, and more.
How to start a Dog Walking Business Part 4 covers insights and tips for the actual dog walking and pet sitting. Some of the tips are about your first walk or pet visit, scheduling the optimal route, supplies you’ll need, managing all the keys, foul weather gear and footwear, and much more.
How to start your own dog walking business part 3 is all about getting clients so you can make money. I cover the various online and offline techniques I used in the beginning and that I use now to have clients contact me. I also have pointers for when you meet new clients.
Part 2 of setting up a dog walking business covers setting up your business similar to other dog walking and pet sitting businesses that service your area. You want to research what they charge for services and see what kind of experience and certifications they have. Basically, make your rates competitive and look into getting similar certifications, experience, and reviews.
I will go over how to start a dog walking business and some of the things you need to think about before you start. You need to decide what other services other than dog walking to offer: pet sitting, boarding, pet taxi, etc. I also cover deciding the hours you are willing and able to work, and determining the size of your service area.