I’m going to start blogging about my own personal experience as a pet care business owner.
Before I go forward, I would like to point out that I have seen in this industry that people are either “professional pet carers” (mostly in it for the work or are workers) or “professional pet care business owners” (more entrepreneurial, business minded). In my personal opinion (feel free to agree to disagree), the majority of professional pet carers in the industry are on the “worker” side.
It’s actually unpopular to be a pet care business owner. Someone who is “in it for the money” AS WELL AS to work in the pet care industry. Lots of people start out thinking they want a pet care business however really all they have is a glorified job. They are SELF EMPLOYED.
please note I am not disparaging those whom are happily self employed. that’s the joy of this industry – you can be self employed or want to be a business owner it is totally up to you. each is a very valid choice.
These are the businesses that rely on one person and would crumble if that person died tomorrow. So, yes, the majority of pet care businesses (even myself).
My personal goal has always been to be a business owner. To reach a point with my pet care business where I can “choose” to work IN it. I don’t “have” to work in it… and it will function perfectly fine whether I’m actively “in” the business or not. At the moment, I’m self employed. There are moments and days where I feel like I’m a business owner yet the majority of the time I’m like everyone else – I’m self employed.
I still have to do those dog walks, pet sits and house sitting assignments to bring in an income. (I still have a great love for doing the work of the business however ultimately I have bigger plans plus I’m human – I’m not always going to be able to “do” the work. I need to factor that into my future plans.)
One of my biggest plans for this year was to be able to have the business be able to run without me profitably for at least 7 days.
I’ve invested a lot of money, sweat and tears over the course of this year trying to attain this plan… this goal.
It’s only recently that I feel like I’m finally having a proper break through to reach this goal.
Time to renovate ! Thus stay tuned to this blog as I will update it every-so-often with my journey into my own business re-birth and renovation which will finally see me reach the level of business owner (not self employed).
For those who are wondering if this may mean I might franchise because I’m always told by other people “you should franchise” – I can 100% say NO this will not be happening. As much as I understand how franchising can be a great way to become a business owner (for me to reach that level)… I personally have other plans that will help me stay independent yet bring in an income not too reliant upon my WORK (labour).