Mobile Dog Grooming Business

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How to Start a Mobile Dog Grooming Business
Now that you are officially a certified dog groomer, you may be wondering how to start a mobile dog grooming business. Mobile pet grooming salons have become more common in the past few years. By following six simple steps, you can successfully open and manage a mobile dog grooming business.

  • Experience. The first step to starting a mobile dog grooming salon is to expand your expertise by working for a well-established groomer. This exposure will introduce you to the daily routines of managing a business of this kind
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  • Business considerations. Before forming a sole entity, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship, you should check with your local government regarding required permits and licenses for each type of business. You should also consider a business insurance policy in addition to the primary vehicle insurance policy.
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  • Mobile vehicle and equipment. Most mobile groomers operate out of converted vehicles equipped with grooming tables, running water, a generator, a bathtub, electrical outlets, and lighting. Mobile grooming salons also need standard grooming tools such as scissors, clippers, shears, shampoos, brushes, blow dryers, ear cleaning products, bows, and bandannas.
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  • Define a service area. Establish a particular travel service area. You may be willing to drive throughout a small town, or want to focus just on one section of a large metropolitan area. Mobile dog groomers can benefit significantly from planning visits to condominiums, apartment complexes, assisted living centers, or office complexes to service several clients in one central location.
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  • Price your services. If several mobile groomers already are present in your area, make sure to price your services competitively. Your rates will probably be higher than those at brick and mortar businesses because of the added operating expenses for maintaining the vehicle, time it takes to travel between clients, and gasoline. A surcharge between $15 and $20 seems to be acceptable to most mobile grooming customers.
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  • Advertise. The idea place for advertising is on the mobile grooming vehicle itself. You can post additional advertising on the bulletin boards of pet stores, animal shelters, vet clinics, or other animal related businesses. Creating an email newsletter, website, or blog can also generate extra publicity and keep your existing clients up to date on promotional offers and your schedule.
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You can solve the problem of transporting nervous or elderly pets by starting a mobile dog grooming service. Just remember to choose a vehicle that is large enough for both pets and you to move around easily..

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