Start a Home Dog Grooming Business

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How to Start a Dog Grooming Business from Home
Starting a home-based pet grooming salon is an ideal means to earn a part- or full-time income. If you are in the process of obtaining your dog grooming certification or if you have recently received one, you may be considering starting a dog grooming business in your home but are unsure how to get started. Follow these seven simple steps to start a home-based dog grooming business.

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      1. Develop a Business Plan.
        As you refine a business strategy, consider who can be your mentor. Be sure to investigate local and state requirements for running a pet styling business. Resources such as your state's labor office and the Small Business Administration are great starting places.
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      2. Licensing Requirements.
        Contact the local business licensing agency to determine if you need a specific license to operate a dog grooming business. For instance, sometimes there are different requirements for running a pet grooming business at home instead of in a commercial location.
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      3. Obtain Insurance.
        Request liability insurance for your pet grooming business to cover you in the event of an accident claim against you. In most cases, liability insurance protects you if a pet is hurt while in your care.
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      4. Supplies and Equipment.
        Purchase equipment, accessories, and supplies for your business. You will probably need a mixture of dryers, grooming tables, cages, and tubs. You may also need scissors, brushes, clippers, combs, styling tools, and shampoos.
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      5. Plan your Strategies.
        Consider your workflow and hours, and make sure your rates are sustainable and competitive. Decide how to handle client payments, and list liability and requirements in the contracts. Determine how you will notify customers when you take time off and how to manage replacement care.
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      6. Advertising.
        Depending on your advertising budget, you can utilize direct mail, newspaper ads, fliers, phone directories, and business cards to grow your business. If you have a large advertising budget, you can place ads on local radio stations or in magazines.
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      7. Request Referrals.
        Visit local veterinary clinics and pet supply stores to introduce yourself. These types of businesses may allow you to leave advertising materials in their facilities or provide referrals.

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Getting started in this career does not require a degree, although a certification is helpful. A substantial start-up investment may not be needed for a home-based dog grooming business. Dog grooming in your home is a great option because you can assess if it is indeed a feasible, long-term career prospect for you and whether it is economically practical.

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