Start A Dog Grooming Business

Written by Sara Strand
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It can be easier than you might guess to start a dog grooming business. What can make the difference between a smooth transition to professional dog groomer and a lot of unnecessary hassle can be just a little forethought. Before you even get started, before you even groom one dog, I would highly recommend creating a business plan. Mapping out your business plan will give you a clear idea of where to start and what you need to do to start a dog grooming business.

What Does it Take to Start a Dog Grooming Business?

In your plan, one of primary things to think about is, of course, your financial situation. How much do you need to make to live comfortably? How much start-up capital do you have? What are the costs involved when you start a dog grooming business? Start off with clear answers to these questions to help you plan realistically.

Other things to think about when creating your plan will include your long-term goals. Do you eventually want to own your own pet salon? What are your career goals? And perhaps most importantly, define your life goals. Decide what you want from this career: more time with the family, a larger income or income supplement, or simply job satisfaction? Whatever your personal goal is, this should drive your planning and keep you grounded.

Don't worry if your plan changes over time. It probably will. As long as you update your plan with new information periodically, it can still help steer you in the right direction. A good rule of thumb is to review and revise your business plan every month in the beginning, then every three to six months as your business grows.

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