A dog walking business is perfect for animal lovers, and with almost no barriers to entry, it’s perfect for anyone looking to make some money with their passion. It allows you to make your own schedule, spend some time outside, and make a good wage in the process. There are several things to consider:
1. Education: it’s important that you understand how dogs behave and interact. There’s even courses for certification like dogTEC’s Dog Walking Academy.
2. Licenses and Insurance: Some cities require dog walkers to have certain licenses and insurances in addition to the license you may need to operate your business.
3. Put it in Ink! Starting your own business can be a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The best way to avoid getting lost in the shuffle of day-to-day affairs is writing a business plan to outline your pricing, services, marketing, and goals. If you don’t know how to make a business plan, don’t sweat it, there are plenty of online resources like this one from the Small Business Association. If you’re struggling with what to charge your customers, look at all your competitors and see what they’re charging.
4. Marketing: For dog walkers, advertising can be as simple as word of mouth. References are key, so it’s important to always request your clients pass along your praises. Other avenues of advertising are sites like Craigslist, Facebook, Yelp, and of course, Google Maps. Keep in mind these social media sites rely heavily on customer feedback, and one bad review could spell disaster, so make sure to prioritize customer satisfaction at the very top.
Sometimes the best advertising is a catchy, memorable name. Here’s a list of some dog walking business names we found:
Pooch’s Best Friend
Pam 4 Paws
Read Pet Go
Every Dawg’s Dream
Surf City Dog Walks
The Zen Dog
From Whiskers to Wags
Ugly Dog Adventures
Hot Diggity Dog Walking
Ciao Ciao PetCare
The Walking Dog
Walk This Way
The Dogs Meow
Maws and Paws
Paws Above the Rest
Citizen Canine Pet Care
The Bone Adventure
Beach City Bow Wow
‘Dog Walking’ interest over time:
The truth is, naming a business can be frustrating and downright time consuming…
Your company name is important, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s really something you need to ‘get out of the way’ so you can focus on the nuts and bolts of the business. So the question is…
“How do these companies get such good names?”
One option is hiring a ‘boutique’ branding agency to handle this critical step, and this does NOT come cheap. Some of these branding agencies charge as much as $100,000 for a brand that SELLS tons of product…
Does it work?
Of course it does, but for a small business with a careful eye on its cash flow, dumping tens of thousands of dollars for a swanky agency to sit back in their plush offices and promise you the next Google could spell disaster.
This is what they WANT you to think:
“Our branding agency charges a lot because what we do is incredibly difficult.”
It couldn’t be further from the truth, and the truth is that there are a core set of branding principles that can be reliably and affordably applied to ANY branding effort…
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You name it, we’ve named it. The names we come up with are just as good (we think a little better) as anything a high priced agency could provide.
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