Five tips to help you set up your own pet-based business

Pets are big business in the UK. The average UK dog owner will spend £3,000 a year on dog walking services, training, pet sitting and grooming and we as a nation spend £57 billion on our pets.

This makes it a lucrative area for setting up a business. With new regulations about animal-related services being enforced in the UK, you have to demonstrate that you can take care of animals. There are many ways to do this. Here are some tips to help you pass your licence!

1. Take a course

One of the first things you should do is to take a course to gain the knowledge necessary to your specific pet business. One example could be a a dog grooming online course or perhaps one specific to training. Or you could be more general with a pet care course. A course shows skill, dedication and experience when it comes to your business.

2. Set up your base of operations correctly

Many animal licence criteria relate to the equipment, supplies and housing of the specific animals you’re looking after. Inspectors will want to see that you have the equipment necessary for your business to ensure that it is fit for purpose. Make sure your equipment looks new when you display it to inspectors.

3. Keep your work area clean

Hygiene is another big factor when it comes to new animal licences, so it’s best to keep your work areas completely clean. A daily clean, whether in use or not, can help keep an area hygienic and looking good. Always be sure to use disinfectants that are safe for animals. These can be bought from most pet stores. You might find a cleaning course a helpful way to ensure your methods are top quality.

4. Learn some marketing

Dog walking, grooming and training is a lucrative business and there are many organisations out there which offer these services. This means that, when you’re starting out, it can be tough to attract customers to your new business. It wouldn’t hurt to learn some modern marketing techniques; you can’t rely on word of mouth to get you a full-time wage.

5. Learn to take detailed notes

When it comes to new animal licences, good notes must be taken at all times. These need to be available to inspectors at any time they request them. To learn how to take good notes about the care of the animals including what you’ve done for them, how much you’ve fed them and other notes about the animal. An effective administration course can help you out here.

March 18, 2019

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