How to Start a Doggy Day Care
Dog’s daycare services are becoming very popular in most parts of the world. The demand for these services has been facilitated because most dog owners are busy during the day and will require a dog sitter to take care of their dogs. Want to know how to start a doggy day care?
Study the industry
Before starting a dog Daycare, you need to understand what a Daycare business entails and how it is managed. You can acquire information about this business from other people that are running Daycare businesses. This information can be done through interviewing active professionals in the Daycare industry or even asking for part-time jobs in nearby Daycares. You will also need to conduct thorough research on your target customers, industry demands, levels of competition, and potential challenges that you might face in this stage.
Formulate an actionable Daycare business plan
A business plan will define your overall and specific objectives, mission, and vision. Your business plan will help your clients determine your operational hours, prizes, and the type of services that you will be offering. A business plan will act as a map and keep you on track as a dog sitter. When formulating your plan, make it SMART; that is, it should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound.
Create your day care’s budget
As a dog sitter, a budget will regulate your spending. The budget will show you when you are overspending or underspending. In your budget, clearly define your expenses and incomes. A dog sitter’s expenses will include rents, employees’ salaries, taxes, and operating costs. Incomes will include profits and dividends. When preparing your budget, separates your business and personal finances. You can achieve this by opening your Day Care business bank account.
Find a suitable location.
Running a dog’s Daycare requires you to have a sizable piece of land. This is because dogs need space to run and play. Strategically locate your Daycare at places where your clients can freely drop their dogs.
Hire skilled employees
As your business grows, you may find it difficult to operate your dog Daycare alone. A need for hiring competent dog sitters will arise. The following are some of the qualities that you should look for when hiring dog sitters:
- Passion for dogs- dog sitter should love dogs since they will be spending most of their time with dogs.
- Basic training and certification- your dog sitters should be people that have acquired the minimum official pet care certification.
Determine your source of supplies
Before finding suppliers, determine what products you will be requiring. It will avoid confusion when purchasing goods from suppliers. Some of the essential supplies you will require when starting Daycare include: kennel materials and dog food.
Advertise your business
As a dog sitter, start creating awareness of your newly founded business to close friends and immediate relatives. You can employ various ways in advertising your Daycare, such as having a unique brand name with a memorable logo, use of business cards, and multimedia. You can also advertise digitally via YouTube and Google.
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