I’m wondering whether to invest £6000 in training as a dog groomer and spend another £10000 setting up a business in my area.
It’s a huge amount of money for me and a huge career move. I am currently a caregiver.
Any advice would be helpful and I just need that push to believe in myself but shelling out that kind of money scares me. JJ, by e-mail.
Barking mad? Our business doctor Dave Fishwick (pictured) shares his views on starting a dog grooming business
Dave Fishwick, This is Money business doctor, answers: You’re right, £16,000 is a lot of money, so I wouldn’t spend that much immediately until you’re sure you’ll achieve the income and clientele you hope for.
I think you should look for ways to reduce your initial expenses or spend some of them after you start making money.
Through the Bank of Dave, I helped a local dog groomer start a business, Sarah at Rubydoo’s Pet Grooming (named after her own puppy Ruby.)
Sarah started out by taking a dog grooming course and then got a job at a local dog grooming salon.
I think that was key to her future success, Sarah gained a lot of experience working with very experienced dog groomers, it gave her a lot of confidence and helped her build her own clientele during her free time, which has been the key to his success. .
Once Rubydoo’s had a solid following, Sarah then quit her job at the salon and went freelance.
She sold her car and bought a small van and did mobile dog grooming and also turned her guest bedroom at home into a living room.
By working from home, overhead costs have been kept to a minimum. Sarah also does cat grooming, and it’s been very profitable, so I suggest you consider branching out and doing the same.
Pet grooming is seasonal, particularly around Christmas which is very busy, and during the summer months when pets need to remove their thicker coats.
It’s also worth pointing out that there has been a boom in dog ownership during the pandemic, which means more animals to groom.
Being your own boss and doing a job you love can be a great place and can give you freedom and higher earning potential.
One advertising tip is to build your positive reviews online as quickly as possible and advertise for free on Google in your area, you’ll soon find yourself at the top of local dog grooming pages.
It’s not just your furry customers and their owners that you’ll need to manage, sourcing supplies, balancing books, and promoting the business takes time.
It is very important to read and research the different breeds of animals. I also suggest taking an animal first aid course, just in case you cut an animal by accident, these courses can be found at local vets and colleges.
Liability and insurance are also important, especially when animals are in your care or transported by you.
Visit a few grooming seminars and conventions (there’s a great one at the Crufts event every year) and check out Pet Industry Federation events and webinars.
The British Grooming Society on Facebook has great information and advice on the grooming industry.
For starters, you will definitely find yourself working longer hours than before. However, I’ve been working for myself since I was 17 and I love freedom, I’m sure you do too.
Dave shares his advice on how to find a job, including how to make a CV stand out
How do I make my CV stand out?
I just graduated and am now looking for a job. However, the industry I have a new degree in is very competitive and I don’t have much luck getting a foot in the door for an interview.
Are there any tips you can give me to make my resume stand out from the crowd without looking desperate?
Is it worth it for me to think outside the box and send a video, for example, instead of a paper CV? And Dave, how do you personally decide who to hire? By email.
Dave replies: Congratulations on your graduation, it is a great achievement and hopefully it will help you a lot in your future career, even if, as you can see now, it is only the beginning of your journey.
The first thing you need to do is get your name out there and get employers’ attention, so yes think outside the box, but also pay attention to any specific instructions.
Maybe send a video as well as a written CV rather than doing both instead. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors for a job that isn’t currently advertised.
Over the years I have employed many people who just happened to call in because I was thinking of advertising for someone new.
However, I just didn’t have time to get into it, because I was too busy. Remember, these are just words, call as many places as you can in the industry you are looking for a job in, take a deep breath and just say the words…
‘Excuse me, are there any jobs currently available or coming soon?’
Communication skills are extremely important, in writing and in person, these skills can increase your value by at least fifty percent.
You could take a Dale Carnegie course, you need to be able to present your ideas with confidence.
Remember that if you invest in yourself, no one can ever take it away from you. You have to sell yourself, tell them all about you, what you can bring to the party, how the company can benefit from having you on their team.
Write as much as you can about yourself, tell them about your interests, hobbies, sports and community groups, mention any additional skills you might have.
Properly research the company and position you are applying for, prepare relevant questions, and read and review the company’s website. Always remember that a little spark and enthusiasm can go a long way.
I’ve employed people for over thirty years, and I remember one person in particular who was over ten minutes late, with no excuse.
Even though they interviewed well, I couldn’t help but think: if you’re late for your job interview, that’s a bad start. So make sure you are always ten minutes early, if possible.
First impressions count and decisions can be made in the first few minutes, so be sure to dress smart, remember to smile, shake hands like you mean it, and don’t be afraid of eye contact.
Have confidence in yourself and you will inspire confidence in others.
Prioritize companies and jobs that match your skills and personality.
Try to find a job in an industry you are passionate about and work for people you admire.
If you can find the job you love that you would do for free, if you didn’t need the money, then you’ve really succeeded.
Ask Dave Fishwick a question about business or career advice
Millionaire and self-made entrepreneur Dave Fishwick is our newest columnist answering your business and career questions.
Dave has a hugely successful minibus and vehicle business based in Lancashire and rose to fame with his BAFTA-winning TV series, Bank of Dave, which saw him battle the big banks.
He’s ready to answer your questions, whether you own a business, are thinking of starting one, or have general career questions.
In his spare time, he enjoys giving talks to inspire people to do their best.
A Netflix film about Bank of Dave is set to air late this year/early 2023 and he’s been a friend of This is Money for a decade. He now wishes to impart some of his wisdom and advice to our readers.
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