The Dog Grooming Business

Published: 13th April 2010
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If you love animals and you like to work from home then a pet grooming career might be for you!

Dog grooming schools businesses are more than just teaching you how to wash dogs. They can include cleaning ears, brushing teeth, trimming nails, and shaving the animals coat in stylish ways. The animal can be a dog, cat, or any other type of animal.

The possibilities are limitless... like having customers drop their dogs at your house or you can start a mobile dog grooming business.

Dog grooming schools do require that you become a certified dog groomer. You should research different grooming schools in your area, and choose one that fits your needs. Try to find one that offers pet grooming business management classes with the actual dog grooming classes.

During your training or soon after your done, you should start to create a pet grooming school plan. Since you will incur some start up costs for your licenses, training, insurance, and equipment, having a business plan can help you obtain something like a small business loan to get started.

The pet grooming industry is estimated to grow over 10% in the next 5 years. This means that something like dog grooming schools businesses will likely grow and succeed quickly. This will mean that you will have to complete some office work daily as well. Owning a dog grooming school business is not just dog grooming.

Pricing can be difficult to determine, but a few phone calls to local grooming salons, or individuals who perform pet grooming, will give you an idea regarding what services you should be providing and an estimation of the fees. A question you should ask yourself is; will your business be just a dog grooming or if you will groom other pets too?

Your business is client oriented, so you will need to build a clientele list. One way to do this is to get your name into your community by placing flyers at pet stores, veterinarian offices, SPCA and other various animal shelters. You can create a press release for your local newspapers and radio stations. You can even offer your services to the local animal shelter. If they like your work, they will refer people to you.

Animal grooming is constantly changing so make it a priority to attend local dog and cat shows, and the pet grooming industry expos, and conventions.

Consider subscribing to industry magazines as well, and check the internet frequently. It is a ton of knowledge. There are also web sites, such as PetGroomer.com that are there to help people start their animal grooming business, obtain training, with a calendar of events.

Since you will be self employed, you will have to rely on your ability to keep customers happy and coming back. This means never canceling your appointments, maintaining a clean work area, and being a professional at all times. Even though you work from home, or out of a van, professionalism keeps your customers coming back and not looking for another pet grooming business.

You can easily break into this industry by purchasing a franchise, which give you the credibility of an established name or you can purchase a local pet grooming business that is currently for sale and of course, you can start your own grooming business.

Be sure to check with your local government for zoning, licenser, and insurance requirements for your type of business. This is very important and could be the difference of your grooming business succeeding or failing. Dog grooming schools, mobile pet grooming or dog groomers who work from home are still businesses no matter how much fun you have doing them.

I own 3 dog, a Lhasa Apso (Koukla) a Boxer/Labrador mix (Stella) and a Cocker Spaniel (Joe). I recently researched dog grooming schools with business management in my area because I thinking of changing careers.

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