Love dogs? Hate your current job? Wish you could be your own boss? Starting your own dog home boarding business could be the perfect solution.
Home boarders offer dogs the opportunity to stay in a family home, with lots of love and attention, whilst their owners are away. Dogs get to play in the garden, go for regular walks and snuggle up on the sofa for cuddles in the evening. It’s not surprising home boarding is a rapidly growing market with dog owners willing to pay a premium for this home-from-home style care.
For many boarders it’s a dream job – they get paid to spend their time doing something they’d do for free. But, there is much more to running a boarding business than cuddling puppies. Dog boarding requires a licence and insurance, you have to register as self-employed, submit a tax return, keep on top of paperwork and meet the high expectations pet owners have of professional dog carers.
Written specifically for boarders operating in the UK, this book guides you through the practical aspects of starting a dog home boarding business including business planning, meeting government regulations, writing your boarding agreement, keeping track of your finances, marketing your business and managing bookings. It will help you build a profitable business that combines a great career for you with outstanding care for dogs.
Includes 10 handy worksheets to help you plan your business:
- About Your Business
- Skills Check-up
- Your Boarding Policies
- Choosing an Insurance Provider
- Competitor Analysis
- Target Market Analysis
- Financial Planning
- Start-up Costs
- Setting Prices
- Marketing Plan
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