How to Start a Dog Grooming Business

shihtzu-with-curlersAre you looking for a business? Do you enjoy working with animals? Do you have the patience to give them thorough care? If your answer is ‘Yes’ then here’s a solution for you!

If you are new to self-employment and are passionate about animals, then a dog grooming business offers a relatively straightforward way to ‘get in the game’ and also a great way for you to combine that passion with a realistic career. No need to have a degree but of course, you may spend some time on training and put considerable effort into planning and advertising your business.

Groom to success. Pet grooming is an excellent way to turn your love of animals into a small business opportunity. If you are considering pampering pets for a living, here is a guide to starting your own pet grooming business:

To start a Pet Grooming business, you have to learn the INs and OUTs of the business.

Step 1: ENROLL IN A PET GROOMER TRAINING PROGRAM – You need to acquire necessary skills and for you to do that you have to enroll in a training program. Whatever form of training you pursue, you will likely follow a course that starts off with simple tasks such as shampooing a dog. As you gain more experience, you may acquire some useful skill set, as well as information on pet behavior and safety.

Step 2: ACQUIRE A CERTIFICATION – One does not require certification to become a dog groomer. However, obtaining this via training from an accredited pet grooming institution will not only give you greater knowledge but this will also afford you the credibility, skills and confidence to better serve your furry clients. To be certified, you must pass a series of written and practical examinations.

Step 3: MARKETING AND BUSINESS CONSIDERATIONS – Anyone that runs a company has to think carefully about where they locate their business. This is because where you are located says a lot about you and your business. You need to check the accessibility – the impact on how it is easy for you to attract new customers. Also, there are tax and liability so you might take the consideration in getting a consultant or a lawyer, same goes with having an insurance for your business. Advertise your business. Depending on your advertising budget, you may use fliers, social media sites and to spread the word about your business. You may also visit local pet stores, pet supply stores and veterinary clinics to introduce yourself. Such businesses may offer referrals or allow you to leave advertising materials in their facilities.

Step 4: Purchase Supplies and Pricing rates – Purchase supplies and equipment for your pet grooming business. You may need a variety of grooming tables, tubs, dryers and cages. You may also need clippers, brushes, scissors, combs, shampoos and styling tools You will want to purchase high-end grooming tools that are lightweight.   Since you will be using them for eight hours a day, you will need devices that don’t vibrate excessively and that are easy to use in any hand position.

When determining the prices for grooming services, it is wise to research the current rates in your area. It is also important to consider the breed of dog, the type of cut required, and the time it takes to complete the grooming service when establishing your rate. Offering a special discount rate to first-time visitors is another sure way to get new clients in the door

Pet services are the fastest growing sector of the pet industry. Dog grooming businesses should show continued profitability as owners continue to increase their spending across the board on care and services for their pets. Like any business, if you are not entirely dedicated to making it a success the whole exercise could amount to nothing more than a waste of your time. However, as much as you enjoy what you’re doing and are having fun, always take care of the business side too and you should grow and prosper from this very enjoyable industry. Start your business now and meet your future furry clients.