How to Start Your Career in Pet Grooming

by | Apr 1, 2013 | Animal

If you love working with pets and people, then consider starting a career in pet grooming. The pay is very lucrative. The clients are fun and interesting. There will never be a dull moment with a booming grooming business. Knowing that you want to get into a pet grooming career is the easy part. Knowing what to do next might prove challenging. So where do you start?

Start by getting the right credentials to be a pet groomer and open your own pet grooming business. While there is no hard fast rule that says you have to be licensed to groom pets. However, showing that you have been trained and have experience makes you credible. This is going to help you when it comes to building a client base. Having the fact that you are licensed on your advertising will greatly increase your chances of being hired. Use this information in your marketing as well. Make sure potential clients know that you are license.

After you get the right credentials to help you gain credibility and build up your client base, having some examples of your work to show potential client will tremendously help you gain business. Ask some friends if you can groom their pets for free in order to get some good pictures for examples. The more examples you have the better. You might even run a promotional offer that the first fifty customers get their first visit free. Becoming a successful business in pet grooming will be a lot of initial work on you, but once your new clients see how great their pets look they will be willing to come back.

There are a couple of options when it comes to where you will be doing your pet grooming business. You can get a small store to have your grooming business in or you could have a mobile grooming salon. There are benefits to both. A set location can offer you neighborhood familiarity. You become a staple in the community. However, a mobile salon gives you a wide range of clients and coverage. There is going to be overhead costs with either option. Whether it is rent for your building or gas for your mobile salon, the overhead can be assessed and calculated so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

Becoming a pet groomer will take time and practice. Pet grooming provides a great business opportunity for you to get involved in a business that you enjoy. Working with pets is a dynamic and challenging career. You have the flexibility to make your own hours, create a great client base, and find your niche in the community. Grooming takes a little education, a good marketing turn of phrase, and patience to deal with your clients and their pets.



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