One of the best things about running a dog grooming business is that you don’t really need to have a physical grooming facility. The mobile dog grooming trend is on the rise, and you can very well be a part of this raging trend.
Mobile grooming also proves highly convenient for the customers as they don’t have to visit your facility. Your mobile dog grooming facility can travel to them as and when needed.
So, how do you become a mobile dog groomer? What are the equipment and accessories, like grooming tables, you’ll need to get started? Here are a few tips that can help-
- Plan the Business
We’re considering that you already have decent experience working in the dog grooming industry as industry experience is an absolute must before starting any business. Once you’ve made up your mind, the first step is to plan your business so that the specifics can be mapped out.
The initial planning should include aspects like initial funding and ongoing costs, target market, business name, and what you’re going to charge for your services.
- Managing the Initial Expenses
While the ongoing and maintenance expenses can be low, you’ll need significant initial funding to get started. The most expensive purchase will probably be the vehicle you’ll use as your on-the-go dog grooming salon.
Remember that the vehicle will have to be installed with a host of devices and equipment for making it fully functional. It’ll need a water tank, water heater, power generator, lighting, waste containers, ventilation, sink, and a dryer.
- Must-Have Equipment, Devices, and Products
Apart from the vehicle and its facilities, you’ll also need to invest in quality equipment and devices. For instance, you’ll need grooming tables, shears, clippers, brushes, combs, shampoos, and conditioners. While there are now several brands that sell these products, it is better to go for quality products and equipment.
Pet owners now want the best for their pets, and only quality products will help you deliver your best. Remember that most pet owners do not mind spending a little more on quality services.
Starting a Mobile Dog Grooming Business
Once you’ve figured out the points discussed above, you can then work on your target market and pricing. Remember that marketing is also crucial for landing more clients. Also, ensure that your services are priced competitively, at least when you are just starting.
Last but not the least, select a brand for grooming supplies very carefully. You can stick to the same brand for all your future purchases.
And check back here in March when The Pet Safety Crusader unveils her “Groomer Safety Course” to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your groomers and there gorgeous clients safe, but of course remember too…taking a Pet First Aid Course and renewing it every two years is a MUST for all responsible and caring pet professionals!