Preparing to Become a Dog Walker
While it isn't technically a work-at-home kind of opportunity, it's almost that.
You tend to work in the area around your house, and you set your own hours.
Yes, to become a dog walker can be a great money-making venture.
You can easily earn $100 a day or more if you're serious about it.
But this isn't just about wrapping a leash around your hand and dragging a dog along.
To become dog walker and be successful at it, you really do need to love animals and have an intuitive feeling for how they think and feel - how to deal with them.
And oh, if you're just starting out, you do have to be able to talk to people well.
Because if you don't, no one's going to trust their dog to you.
If you're serious about trying to become a dog walker and making a business out of it, the first thing you want to do is to think about whether you're going to go part-time or full-time.
It would be good idea to start small and make your mistakes while you're small.
If you're working part-time, you want to let all your potential customers know right away when exactly they can expect you to be available.
Try to be flexible in a way that suits your customers.
That's what will bring you more business.
Once you're ready to go all the way and start walking dogs full-time, you want to try to still be flexible - flexible enough that you can give customers the time slot they ask for.
The more you try to bend to your clients' wishes, the more you'll get their loyalty and their custom.
Once you're successful enough that you're pretty sure that you want to become a dog walker business, applying for a business license would be a great idea.
It wouldn't be a bad idea either to get dog walker's insurance and to get bonded.
You don't want anyone to sue you into bankruptcy should anything go wrong at any time.
But let's come to the part that probably interests you most - how much to charge.
You could basically start out by looking at what other dog walkers in your area charge.
Novice dog walkers will often make the mistake of undercutting the competition in the expectation that it will really won't make that much of a difference to accept less money.
As time goes on, they do discover that every dollar counts.
You can instead try to win by offering a better level of service than the competition does.