Making Money With a Dog Walking Service
Do you like dogs? Then a dog walking service may be the perfect home business
for you. A dog walking business can be a fun and profitable way of making money
from home. A professional dog walker takes clients' dogs for regular walks, either
one dog at a time or a few dogs together. There is a growing demand for these
services as so many families have busy schedules and are away from home all day
unable to exercise their dogs themselves. Exercise is an essential component of
correct pet care and many people look to dog walkers to hep them out.
There are many advantages to starting a dog walking service. The only real
skills you need are a genuine affection for dogs and the physical stamina to
walk the dogs. Commitment to your dog walk routine and reliability are essential.
A great deal of information about dog care and dog behavior can be found from
books in your local library or relevant internet sites.
Your start up costs are low. You may have to purchase a few good leashes,
pooper scoopers and bags. Buying liability insurance is always advisable. Your
business expenses are limited and there is good profit potential with a dog
walking service. In addition you can stay healthy and fit while making money!
Before starting this home business you need to plan a few things. You need
to work out your daily walks and routes. Find out where you can best walk the
dogs and work out some good thirty minute routes. You need to set your fees.
Research other dog walking businesses in your area and see what the competition
is charging. Decide on the type of dog walks you will offer - private or group
walks, the number of walks per week and so on. If you are just starting out you
can get some relevant experience by volunteering to walk dogs at local animal
shelters and dog rescue centers. This will provide you with good experience in
handling a number of different dogs and give you the confidence and credibility
to find paying dog walking jobs.
Finding dog walking jobs can be done on a small marketing and advertising
budget. Cost-effective ways to advertise your pet services include designing
and printing eye-catching and informative flyers. Post these flyers around
your neighborhood targeting potential clients. People likely to use a dog
walker include busy professionals and elderly people so post flyers in office
blocks and retirement communities. Pet owners going on vacation will often
need a dog walker. Post your flyers on local community boards. Another useful
place to post your flyers are veterinarian offices, pet grooming services
and pet supply stores. Once you have your first clients you will be amazed
at the number of referrals you get if you provide a good and reliable service.
Walking dogs is a good way to earn income from home. It is fun, rewarding
and keeps you fit and healthy!
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