Benefits of being a professional groomer

This profession is very versatile. Once you have learnt to be a pet groomer you can set up your own business and offer this service at your home (in a spare room, garage, shed, outhouse), in a mobile grooming van or trailor, in the clients home, or you could choose to lease a shop or unit or a rented space. You could also choose to be employed as a groomer by a grooming salon, kennels or veterinary clinic.

Listed below are some of the advantages and disadvantages to each option which need to be considered.

Mobile/Home Visits

Advantages

  • Few overheads - Only expenses are your car and equipment
  • Good for nervous pets who do not like to be separated from their owners

Disadvantages

  • Your security - You may not know the people you are going to
  • Time- Getting from one location to another can be time consuming
  • People may not be happy with the mess it makes in their homes

As an Employee

Advantages

  • No overheads
  • Employers deal with clients
  • No need to advertise
  • If you are ill you are not responsible for informing clients
  • You have company

Disadvantages

  • You only make a percentage of each dog that you groom
  • You may be pushed to do more dogs than you can handle
  • You may constantly have someone looking over your shoulder

Your Own Shop

Advantages

  • You are in charge and can decide prices, times etc
  • You can run other businesses on the side
  • In the long run it can be very profitable

Disadvantages

  • The overheads are very high
  • You have to sign a lease
  • You have to be open set hours
  • You may be pushed to do more dogs than you can handle
  • You risk bankruptcy if things go wrong

From Home

Advantages

  • You can work around your family life
  • You have no rent
  • All the utilities are installed

Disadvantages

  • The phone may ring at unsuitable hours
  • You can feel lonely
  • It can be very messy and you will find hair everywhere