Have you ever thought about starting a dog walking business?
Maybe certain shows like King of Queens have got you interested in this possible business idea.
While the job may be fun you should definitely love animals because you will be around them all day long!
Keep in mind that walking dogs may sound easy, but it isn’t always is. You have to know how to be able to control dogs, especially since you will probably be walking more than one at a time. If you lost a dog or if two of the dogs got into a fight, could you control it?
Here is how to start a dog walking business.
If you want your dog walking business to be professional and be an actual business, then you might want to look into things like legalizing the business (maybe you want it to be an LLC, partnership, or something else? – contact a lawyer or accountant if you have questions about this), obtaining dog walking insurance, and so on.
It also never hurts to get signed contracts before you start walking someone’s pet as well. You want to protect yourself in case anything does happen or if any disagreements arise.
Look for clients.
If you are new to the dog walking business, then you may want to start by walking dogs for those that you know so that you can see if you like it first. Walking your own dogs will probably be different from walking a stranger’s dog, because you don’t know how they will behave.
Once you decide that dog walking is for you, you may want to expand more and look for new clients. There are many ways to look for new clients. You could:
- Put up flyers around town. Look for bulletin boards especially!
- Post advertisements for your business online. Maybe a website such as Craigslist would work?
- Create a website. New customers can easily find you and find out more about you if you have a professional website.
Always provide great customer service.
The dog walking business is a business where referrals are huge. Most people are not just going to let any random person enter their house and take their dog, so you will always want to watch your reputation.
Word-of-mouth is huge and most future clients will want to hear testimonials or reviews from past clients.
Would you ever walk dogs for extra money? What tips do you have?