Pet Care Realities – Know the Good and the Bad

I stumbed across a great article today about the downsides of pet care careers.  The author Aimee Amodio makes some great obervations about the not so enjoyable aspects of various pet care careers. Of course every job has it’s drawbacks – usually that you have to be present from 9-5 every day if you work a standard office job! Seriously though, you should educate yourself about all aspects of any new career or business and decide if you can live with the downsides.  Here are a few that Aimee mentions: Continue reading “Pet Care Realities – Know the Good and the Bad”

Learn Pet Photography – 3 Day Workshop in Pennsylvania

Next month there is a workshop being held in Pennsylvania to learn how to start a pet photography business. The workshop starts on September 14-16 in Hershey (great for all my fellow chocolate lovers!). But seriously, I don’t have any experience with the team holding the event so I can’t make any recommendations but they do seem to cover some very practical topics. Here are some of the subjects they plan to cover in their 3 day course: Continue reading “Learn Pet Photography – 3 Day Workshop in Pennsylvania”

What If You Arrive At A Pet Sitting Visit and Someone’s Home

What If WednesdayHave you ever arrived at a pet sitting visit only to find that when you arrive the lights are on and you can see movement inside the home? Or that when you entered the home that you found that someone else was there with you? This happened to one of my pet sitters last month. It may seem like a simple situation – your customers probably just forgot to call and cancel the visits when their plans changed – but it can be a serious safety risk if not handled correctly. Continue reading “What If You Arrive At A Pet Sitting Visit and Someone’s Home”

Is Your Pet Business Home Office Pet Proof?

Pet Business Home Office SafetyAs pet professionals we care for the pets of others every day.  Because my business keeps me so busy I sometimes feel that my own pets get less attention than they deserve.

One very simple way to care for our pets is to make sure that our home is pet safe.  The addition of the home office that we use to run our pet business can easily introduce new hazards to the home that can pose a threat to our pets safety. Continue reading “Is Your Pet Business Home Office Pet Proof?”

Are Employees or Independent Contractors the Right Fit for your Pet Business?

Every time I visit a forum where pet sitting business owners are chatting online one of the most common topics is about the relative merit of hiring employees versus using independent contractors. I know this must also be a concern in other pet businesses. In this post I want to discuss the major differences in these worker classifications and the legal concerns about using contractors. Continue reading “Are Employees or Independent Contractors the Right Fit for your Pet Business?”