Attention dog enthusiasts: Starting a dog grooming business can be an absolute delight and key to your financial freedom! If this business thought grabs your enthusiasm, you will be happy to know that understanding and learning how to start a dog grooming business is straightforward and easy. The beauty of this business is that, for most canine customers, it doesn’t matter how attractive and fancy your shop is.
Pampered dog’s are all the rage these days, as evidenced by the growing popularity of doggie groomer salons and doggie day spas that offer exclusive services for your high maintenance pooch. Their services range from massage, “peticures” to aromatherapy treatments and high fashion haircuts, even pet tattoos and facials. So for those who wish to get on the dog groomer bandwagon by offering dog grooming services, here are some basic things you need to consider.
Skills & Qualifications
As most of this is a physical endeavour, requiring the groomer to lift dogs and engage in other physical tasks, therefore it requires them to have a lot of stamina and strength. The groomers must consider all the health factors before undertaking this profession. Additionally, it is highly advisable to seek professional certification and schooling for greater confidence and knowledge so that your four legged customers can get safe and effective services.
Professional training provides valuable skills about best safety practices, animal behaviour and control, recognizing health issues, characteristics of different breeds, bathing procedures, brushing, drying, combing, hair cutting and where to get the right grooming supplies. There are numerous online correspondence courses along with vocational schools and education programs that offer comprehensive dog groomer training.
It’s not uncommon for those interested in earning a certification in the grooming craft discovering costs of around £1,000/$1,600 for a complete course leading to a recognized qualification. If this sounds unobtainable, working for a groomers and training as you go might be the better way to go. Whilst you might not have a qualification on paper under your belt, you will have been trained to a standard where your skills speak for themselves. However, starting a business with a limited existing customer base will be harder to change without proof of your abilities to show off in your advertising. People will be more likely to use a qualified dog groomer who has the certificates to back it up instead of someone who doesn’t have any evidence of their skills.
Funds Needed For The Venture And Potential Equipment
At first, it might be a little tricky to determine an appropriate pricing strategy. So you can start off by checking out the competition prevalent in the market and also by evaluating your potential customer base.
Supplies that you will need to start with include at least one grooming table with grooming arm, manual shears and scissors, tub with shower attachment, electric hair clippers, nail clippers, cages, dryers, dog shampoos and conditioners, combs and brushes, muzzles, harnesses, dog ramp or steps, grooming cart, bows and ribbons, shelves for storage, clipper vacuum and De-matting equipment.
Another important expense to consider is whether you plan to operate your business from a static premises such as a shop front, via a van or vehicle, or in the customer’s own home. Working from a shop can be expensive, particularly if you don’t have the capital to pay for the rent or lease of a building. Most venturing into this business buy a commercial vehicle to cut the dogs inside the van or using their own transport to get to a customer’s home to cut the dogs there.
This is indispensable for any business but especially so when you are dealing with dogs because of the often unique and strong bond between dog and owner. Even the most cautious, competent, responsible dog groomer is not immune from accidentally hurting or injuring the dog due to grooming mishaps. If something were to go wrong, there can be hurt and considerable anger on the owner’s part which can very easily turn into legal action. Therefore you need to be covered.
The basic insurance policies that will be required are professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance. These policies cover you against wrongdoing and allegations of third party damages respectively. However, dog groomers should take out insurance covers from a company that specialises in animal related industries. This is because you are taking the animal’s responsibility when they are in your possession and these insurance policies cover you in very unique and specific circumstances.
Close to 85% of consumers now search on the internet first when seeking a new service such as dog grooming. Therefore it is needless to say, internet is one of the best places to advertise and most of the time it is absolutely free or costs very little.
Social media websites like Facebook is an excellent way to get the word out about your business. You can post different pictures of your client’s dogs after they are groomed. People love to share such posts with their relatives and friends online.
Leaflets and Flyers are an inexpensive and affordable way to spread the word, particularly for fledgling businesses. Design an impressive, professional looking leaflet and distribute to the areas you are happy to operate in. Ask local vets and shops to display your flyer in the window or set up a business stall at a fayre or boot sale to promote your local business.
And the most effective and important advertising is of course, word of mouth. Good customer recommendations from excellent experiences are free and are trusted more than any company or business advert. Keep your clients happy!
Business Licensing And Permits
While vocational licensing is not needed initially, but your municipality or city may demand that you acquire certain permits and licenses, even if a dog groomer works out of their house. You can check with your town, city or country government offices to learn and understand what is required.
Therefore, if you have a passion for dog grooming, business, training, and most of all dog’s then this is for you! Start this business today and make great pet pooch career ahead.