How to Advertise for a Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Business

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A dog-walking and pet-sitting business has no potential for success without clients. Therefore advertising is a must. There are a variety of advertising methods that are effective and will not break your bank. With some time, effort, ingenuity and creativity, you can successfully advertise your dog-walking and pet-sitting business and gain the clients you need.

Things You'll Need

  • Business cards
  • Fliers
  • Keep business cards with you at all times. You can create and print your own business cards for the cost of ink and card stock paper. Alternatively, you can purchase business cards from an online retailer for a few dollars. Provide a business card to everyone you meet that you believe could benefit from your services. This could include people that you meet at the dog park and the pet store.

  • Create fliers advertising your dog-walking and pet-sitting business. These can be printed at home or done professionally. Ensure that you include the name of your business, the key services that you provide, your prices and your contact information on the flier. Post these fliers in visible places where people with pets are likely to seem them, such as community bulletin boards.

  • Network with other professionals that work in the pet industry, such as groomers, veterinarians and trainers. Ask if it would be possible for you to leave your business cards or fliers in their establishments in return for agreeing to mention their businesses to your clients.

  • Create a website. A website can be created online inexpensively. Ensure that the name of your business, the services that you offer, your prices and your contact information are clearly stated on your website.

  • Advertise on free online venues, such as Craigslist.

References

  • "Small Business For Dummies;" Eric Tyson and Jim Schell; 2008
  • "The Small Business Owner's Manual: Everything You Need To Know To Start Up And Run Your Business;" Joe Kennedy; 2005
  • "The Big Book of Small Business: You Don't Have to Run Your Business by the Seat of Your Pants;" Tom Gegax and Phil Bolsta; 2007
  • Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images
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