If you have ever thought of owning your own dog grooming business, it may not be as difficult as you think. If you love animals and do not have the training or education needed to work in other sectors, this could be the perfect small business. Statistics have shown that the dog population as well as the number of people taking their pets to professional groomers is growing. In fact, the need for dog grooming businesses is expected to grow by as much as 20 percent over the next year alone. This gives you an excellent opportunity to build a business that you love and one that offers a good income potential.
The expenses for opening a dog grooming business are not nearly as much as they are for other businesses. You will of course need somewhere to do your grooming but you can actually use your home in many cases. If you have an outbuilding or have the means to have one built, you can put it up on your property and have your business right next to your home. You will of course need to check out the insurance, licensing and zoning requirements in your area.
As far as what you will be doing, groomers typically offer shampooing with or without flea and tick treatments as well as facial hair trimming, nail trimming, cleaning out ears and treating for ear mites and shaving in many cases for certain breeds. There may be other jobs that you can offer, but this is normally up to you and what services you want to provide to your clients.
You will need basic dog grooming training as well as training or experience with managing a small business. You can likely pick up dog grooming classes in your local area or check out online options for learning how to properly groom pets. Local courses can be a bit more expensive but you have the benefit of getting one-on-one training and hands-on experience before you open your business.
You will need some ways to market your business. After all, no one will hire you to groom their pet if they do not know that your business exists. Check out the cost for advertising in your local newspaper or use social media marketing. You can also have flyers printed up, or print them yourself on your computer, and ask to hang them in your local businesses. Networking will be an important part of your new business. Dog shows are a good place to network so be sure that you make note of any dog shows that are going to be in your area and attend all that you can.
Branding yourself is critical. Once you have chosen a name, you will want your name to be remembered. Choose a name that is easy to recall and something that relates to your dog grooming business. For instance, if you are going to be offering dog grooming then you certainly do not want your business sign to read “Granny’s Bakery”. Choose a name that relates to your business but gives your potential clients something that they can remember easily.
Once you have your grooming business opened, be sure that you are setting the right mood and showing the right image. Dog groomers do not have to wear high heels and full makeup. You want your clients to think that you are professional but you also want to be comfortable. If there are other groomers in your local area, don’t be afraid to chat with them. Find out what they charge and maybe even where they order their supplies.
If you love dogs, a dog grooming business can be a very rewarding career choice. Take your time and do your research before you begin and you could eventually own the business of your dreams.