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Starting a Pet Grooming Business from Home

Starting a pet grooming business is something that many dog lovers only dream about. But this paw-fect vocation is more achievable than you may think. There are no official qualifications needed and start-up costs are relatively low, especially if you’re considering starting a pet grooming business from home. Read on to find out how to get started, set up and registered in your dream profession.

There are increasing amounts of pet grooming businesses being set up from people’s homes, so make sure you investigate your competition. Take a look at how many pet grooming services there are in your local area and what they offer. Consider whether you could offer something different or how you could stand out from the competition.

The Benefits of Starting a Pet Grooming Business from Home

  • There are no official training/qualifications required.
  • The start-up costs are low.
  • Low monthly overheads.
  • It is a business that you can operate quite comfortably as a sole trader.
  • You can choose your hours of work to suit your lifestyle.
  • Pet grooming services will always be required so your business can have some real longevity.
  • As you gain experience you can expand the services that you provide.
  • It’s a great way to combine your passion for animals with your career.
  • If you are new to self-employment , a dog grooming business offers a relatively straightforward way to “get in the game”.

Insurances and Regulations

Insurance is one of the most important things to consider when setting up a pet grooming business from home. You’re responsible for someone’s beloved pet for a few hours — and animals can be unpredictable! There are three main insurances you will need but some insurance packages may contain policies for all three, so do your research!

  • Pet and Dog Grooming Insurance
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Home (business) Insurance

Qualifications. Although there are no official requirements for formal qualifications to become a pet groomer, gaining experience and knowledge in the area and becoming comfortable with different species and breeds can set you apart from the rest and invoke trust when it comes to picky pet owners hiring you to groom their beloved fur-baby.

Space. Have you considered whether you have the space for a grooming station within your home? Many people starting a pet grooming business from home have a separate area of the house that they use as a grooming parlour. This can be anything from a room inside the house to converting your garage or outhouse.

Equipment. To get set up properly, the minimum you will need is professional clippers, shampoos and general grooming tools. They can be quite costly but as with most things, you tend to get what you pay for. Just be sure to purchase from a reputable retailer. If you intend to set up a salon in your home and you want your new clients to get a real sense of professionalism when they arrive, you can invest in a proper grooming table. It will not only help you to groom the animals more efficiently and save your aching back but will also help to keep the animal as still as possible so that you can do your best work.

What Other Equipment Will I Need?

You will need lots of equipment when first setting up your pet grooming business from home. Here are a few things to get you started.

Equipment What is it used for? How much will it cost?
Clippers, attachments and blades An essential for grooming available in varying qualities £130 - £350
Shampoos You’ll need a range of these to deal with different coat types £25 per 4l bottle (avg.)
Oils, colognes and perfumes For a real pampered pet Various
Grooming table Essential for your posture and the animal’s safety Anywhere between £100 - £1000
Bath A bath prepares the animal’s fur for grooming £400 - £1000
Dryer Perfect for finishing £400 - £700
Steriliser To sterilise clipper blades and combs £80 (avg.)

Many pet groomers start with the basic equipment and add to it as they gain customers and add services. This is a great way to manage expenditure in the initial stages of your start-up.

Once you’ve set up your salon and committed to your business name and brand, it’s time to start getting customers! You’ve likely been practising on your dogs and pets of family and friends, so why not take pictures and set up social media accounts in your business name to showcase your work? Ask them to leave reviews and write testimonials too.

If you can, it’s always worth putting aside some of your budget to put towards building a professional website. Many companies offer one-off cost build and hosting packages so do a little research and choose what’s right for you.

Now that you’ve got the basics down and you’re ready to commit to your new venture, start your business today with Mint Formations .

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