How to Start a Mobile Pet Grooming Business

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A pet grooming business can be rewarding and fun.
A pet grooming business can be rewarding and fun. (Image: pet dog image by NorthShoreSurfPhotos from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

If you are great around animals and enjoy spending time with them, you might consider starting a mobile pet grooming business. Starting a mobile pet grooming business will require a lot of hard work initially, but you will be rewarded with the freedom of working for yourself in a job you love.

Things You'll Need

  • Transportation
  • Pet grooming supplies
  • Pet treats
  • Dog and cat cages

Consider how the business will fit into your lifestyle. For example, if you are a mother with four children all under the age of 5, you may or may not have the time needed to fully benefit from starting this type of business, especially while all your children are still at home. This will be a good time to get advice from others about the feasibility of running a business such as mobile pet grooming.

Educate yourself on pet grooming. Even though pet grooming is something you might enjoy doing, you'll appear more credible if you're highly knowledgeable about the subject. This can be achieved by earning a diploma or certification such as the basic and advanced certificates at the New York School of Dog Grooming. A pet grooming diploma is offered by the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire.

Write a business plan. After carefully considering what the mobile pet grooming business will entail, write a business plan. Make detailed notes about how much money is available initially, what fees will be charged to pet owners, and what the supplies will cost. As this will be a mobile business, it is necessary to include the costs of transportation, gas and general upkeep of the vehicle. In some instances, pet groomers might have to purchase a more suitable vehicle if pet transport is necessary.

Become licensed. Getting business licenses in your city and state is essential. The state will require a business license, and in some cases you might be required to have business insurance. North Dakota, for example, requires business insurance. There are also zoning applications that might be necessary if the pet needs to be picked up and taken back to your home for grooming. This will also be a good time to retain a business lawyer or a business accountant, just in case help is needed later.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to purchase the best pet supplies you can afford, as the quality can affect the pet's grooming.

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