The Mobile Dog Groomer Start Up Plan

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Are You Ready to Start Your Business?

You’ve decided the time to finally start your own business is now. You’re excited. You’ve perhaps been working in at a dog groomers shop for awhile now and you know you’ve got the talent.

But are you ready?

Traits of a mobile dog groomer

First off, even people who love dogs aren’t going always to make for the best mobile dog groomer. So, really evaluate if this is the right business for your.

A mobile Dog grooming business is best for:

  • Someone who understands dog behavior and how it might change by breed.
  • Naturally calm.
  • Not squeamish. A very anxious dog is known to through up or have diarrhea when being groomed.
  • Okay with being alone -aside from the dog- most of the day.
  • A confident driver
  • Good at meeting deadlines. You go to your appointments, so planning ahead to make sure you’re not late is important.
  • Able to afford the equipment and business software.
  • Physically capable of handling and moving around dogs of varying sizes
  • Skilled at dog grooming.

If you know this is the business that’s truly right for you, then it’s time to get started!

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5 Ways to BUILD your clientele for your business

Number One: Focus on customer loyalty

Referrals and word of mouth is the strongest marketing you’ll ever get. People will trust their friends’ experiences and recommendations before they listen to anything they read online. Thus, one of the best ways to get more customers is to treat your current customers right. This happens with excellent customer service, a product worth having, and even customer loyalty programs!

Number Two: Connect to other businesses in your industry

build your clientele

Networking with other businesses in your vertical is another great way to build your clientele. For example, if you’re a hair stylist you’ll want to connect with nail salons, beauty shops, etc. and become the stylist that they refer their customer’s too. The same goes for wedding photographers. Think about other business that work in the same vein as you do and connect. So, in this case it would be florists, cake shops, wedding planners, etc.

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For the Entrepreneur Feeling like Giving Up

When you’re feeling down and stressed, feeling like everything is going wrong…stay off of social media. If you find yourself comparing yourself to the success of others, social media is only going to make it worse, unless you’ve taken the one piece of advice that any successful entrepreneur will share. You need to surround yourself with like minded people that bring you up and power your energy.

You need to surround yourself with like minded people that bring you up and power your energy.

When you do that and you scroll through Facebook because you’re feeling stressed and looking for a distraction you’ll be lucky enough to have a friend share the photo about and a message like this:

“This is Jim Thorpe. Look closely at the photo, you can see that he’s wearing different socks and shoes. This wasn’t a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma, represented the U.S. in track and field. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can. That’s the pair that he’s wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock. Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day.

This is a perfect reminder that you don’t have to resign to the excuses that have held you back. So what if life hasn’t been fair? What are you going to do about it today? Whatever you woke up with this morning; stolen shoes, ill health, failed relationships, failed business, unhealthy food around… don’t let it stop you from running your race.

You can experience more in life if you’ll get over the excuses and get on with living. You can have reasons or you can have results…but you can’t have both. Put on whatever shoes you can find today, and keep going towards your goal. Don’t have a reason to back away from the gold medal you could be winning!”

M. Armsby
Living your life as an entrepreneur is hard.

Part of what makes it hard are these three harmful entrepreneur behaviors that you’ve got to shake now:

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If Your Business Strategy Doesn’t Work…Change it.

You’ve made a plan. You’re excited and doing everything right. You’re consistent and you’re taking the advice from experts in the field. But then month after month your business strategy doesn’t work and eventually, you give up.

This is a super COMMON problem for entrepreneurs. And it happens when young entrepreneurs copy and paste what is supposed to work into their business strategy and then don’t adjust it far enough when it’s not working.

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