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How do I start my own dog grooming business?

The general rules:

Buy at local pet stores; if you do not have a personal pet supply store handy, you can obtain a small amount of supplies at a local pet supply store.

Pick out the groomers you think will be most successful to advertise with: look for one with strong social media following like Facebook, YouTube, or Yelp.

If your local store and groomer are not in close proximity, make an appointment to meet. (Do not meet alone after your appointment date). It’s good idea to bring several samples of your product in case the groomer has a request for samples.

Your grooming budget should still be at least $1000/mo. for an average-sized dog.

If you are interested in creating an online business, the first step is to create a Facebook or Instagram account with a short bio and photo, and the business name that you want to market in your online presence.

Once you have a business name and the logo, you can submit your product samples online for review and feedback. Be sure to have a sample of your product in hand at all times, as the groomers may choose to cut corners on the test samples or ask for large sample sizes.

Next, you must get your business up and running. You can use coupon programs that accept credit cards, check out the Internet for dog grooming supply stores, and purchase supplies from online online stores. Your web and storefront must also be well set up in terms of layout and design.

If all is going well, your grooming business may well be started online; however, most people start out as an individual online business with the help of a local business-owner and/or other local industry professionals.

I am trying to take my dogs to their dog groomer’s. Should I go with your business or another similar dog groomer?

In most cases, no. A more effective way to start a business is to develop a relationship with a good local dog groomer near your existing business. A dog groomer is just as much a customer as a pet shop, so it makes sense to get in touch with a dog groomer they know and work with. Find a grooming service store or online pet supply store near you that might be interested in a relationship with a local vet-care provider.

Do I need a lot of money to start a dog grooming business?

Not necessarily. A small business owner may spend less than $1500/mo,