Love dogs? What if you could spend your days taking care of them with virtually no experience and even get paid for it, too? This dream might seem like something out of a fairy tale, but it’s more than possible when you open a dog walking business of your own.
But before you rush out the door, know that it isn’t as easy as just offering to walk the neighbor’s dog every so often for a quick buck. If you want to be successful and sustainable (read: make lots of money), you have some legwork to do first.
Jackie from In Ruff Company reveals her secrets for success in this video:
So just how much does she even make? Her usual charge is around $20 per dog for a one-hour walk. That might not sound like much at first. After all, there’s still transportation, supplies, gas, time spent finding clients, and more to consider — all the same forms of overhead any other home business has.
Jackie even clarifies that the average one-hour session tends to become more like two after adding travel and pickup time. But none of that means it isn’t lucrative.
She’s usually walking six dogs at a time.
Suddenly, that tiny $20 fee turns into $120/hour. And even if Jackie does end up burning a whole second hour alongside the actual appointment due to travel time, she’s still netting around $60/hour, or over $100,000 a year, with a full list of clients.
So, what’s the catch? The dog-lover does mention at the end that, while you don’t need specific training, it’s really best to have experience with dogs in advance. Jackie prepared by working for a dog walking company to get her feet wet before setting out on her own.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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