There are a lot of things to be said for being a dog groomer – you can set your own hours, work at a variety of places, and gain a lot of very serious dog handling skills. And you can’t really underestimate the job satisfaction that comes from seeing a sweet, clean puppy face at the end of every session.[Read more…] about Pros and Cons of Becoming a Dog Groomer
I’ve hired a lot of people over the years. A LOT. When I started my first company, Out-U-Go!, I hired new dog walkers every week (and a few months later I’d hire their replacements). Hiring and on-boarding took up the majority of my time for many months after the company opened for business, and it wasn’t until we had enough people doing the actual physical work of walking the dogs that I was able to delegate the human resources to someone else.[Read more…] about How to Hire the Right Staff for Your Business
Hurricane Laura has made landfall along the Gulf Coast, bringing with it 150mph winds and 20 foot storm surges. If you’re in the storm’s path, take some time to review emergency preparations and evacuation protocols.
When I started my first business, Out-U-Go, in 1995, we did just about everything on paper. It wasn’t all that common to even have a cell phone, back in the day. (It was a very long time ago.) Those of us who did have one of those fancy StarTAC phones tended to keep emergency numbers on a piece of paper taped to the back, because you could only store ten numbers in the speed dial list.[Read more…] about Top 5 Must-Have Apps for Dog Walkers
A professional in any field soon realizes that complete strangers often have no compunction whatsoever about soliciting advice well beyond what you should be expected to give in a casual social setting.[Read more…] about The Dog Trainer’s Dilemma: What to Do When People Ask You for Free Advice
The employee versus independent contractor debate is a hot topic on many pet sitter forums. The decision to use one or the other should only be made based on legal and financial facts, and how much control you want to have over your staff.[Read more…] about How to Incentivize Independent Contractors