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    Empaw
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    Hi there,

    I want to apply for NEIS, and would like some recommendations for NEIS providers, and especially good mentors in the (ideally southwest) Sydney area.

    I’m in the early thinking stage of starting a pet business – something like dog training & behaviour consultations, dog walking and/or pet sitting … and/or online sale of pet equipment. Ideally I’d eventually end up in a specialised niche after gaining experience in the market, but I’m not starting out with a genius niche idea (so far).

    My relevant qualifications are:

    – Commerce degree (but I may still find the microbusiness course useful for starting a microbusiness)

    – 3 of 4 components of the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through a provider established as a premium brand, known for things like therapy dogs, and strict requirements to ethics and welfare in dog training and pet care. I deferred last year, but hope to reenrol this year and finish by the end of 2021 (C4 takes a year and is very challenging, hence why I deferred)

    – Heaps of dog training courses, along with some volunteering experience

    The most important aspects of NEIS for me will be mentoring, and the income support.

    I’d like to ask if anyone has had experiences with NEIS providers in the Sydney area, and can recommend any mentors/organisations. I’m after a mentor who’s kind of a visionary and can help me to shape a concept, so I don’t just compete on price.

    Below is a list of some of my closest NEIS providers. I’d love to hear feedback about them, if anyone has worked with any of them.

    APM Employment Services Campbelltown
    MTC Campbelltown
    Sydney Business Campbelltown
    APM Employment Services Ingleburn
    APM Employment Services Camden
    Sydney Business Sutherland

    I could also drive to the city, if there was a really good mentor there.

    Appreciate any feedback!

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,

    Anna

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    Paul – FS Concierge
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    Hi and welcome Anna,

    You probably will not find the feedback you are looking for here because we run our businesses already and the overwhelming majority of Soloists did not come through NEIS.

    That said, I feel you are on the exact right track.

    If there is anyway you can call the providers and speak to the actual mentors that would be a great start.

    I would gauge their passion for helping – ideally, they will have real world business experience themselves and see their role not just as a job but a mission. They should speak with unbridled enthusiasm about their previous clients ventures and their role in shaping the vision.

    In the meantime it is worth joining some breed specific groups on Facebook and looking out for recommendations people in your local area people are asking for on those groups and assessing their motivations and how much they are willing to pay.

    Don’t forget money. You have to provide for yourself and should be rewarded for your efforts and the services you eventually provide.

    To that end, it is worthwhile doing some research around how much people are paying for their breed because those will be some sort of guide around the willingness to part with dollars for services down the track.

    For example there will be more money in providing a service for say Frechies than there will for say Bull Arabs because people that pay a lot for their dog are likely to pay more for services than people that do not pay a lot.

    The emergence of social media and technology could also play a part eg who wouldn’t like a perfect (pawfect) picture(s) of their doggie taken in perfect lighting while in a breed specific (safe) doggie daycare?

    In turn, the pic would be on your Insta account helping you to secure future business.

    Good luck and come back and let us know how you go.

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    DrGear
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    NEIS is an excellent program. I started on it and went through Sydney Business. We went from a single person small business when starting 3 years ago to now having 9 staff and a second store on the way.

    They’re incredibly thorough in their mentor ship and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

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    Paul – FS Concierge
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    [USER=102825]@DrGear[/USER] ,

    Do you mind sharing the first name of the Mentor you had? Or PM the whole name to OP?

    Cheers

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    Empaw
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    Paul – FS Concierge, post: 270401, member: 78928 wrote:
    Hi and welcome Anna,

    You probably will not find the feedback you are looking for here because we run our businesses already and the overwhelming majority of Soloists did not come through NEIS.

    Thanks for your input! If just a few have some NEIS experience and are able to provide some feedback about it, that’s already helpful:-)

    As far as niche specialisation goes, thank you for your suggestions. It will need to be something I’m passionate about and motivated/able to develop a stand-out expertise in, otherwise it won’t work. Money isn’t the key driver for me, although a certain profitability is of course essential for viability, it just can’t be the primary reason for doing something in my case. So it is unlikely to be a breed-specialisation in my case, since I’m not interested in purebreed culture (and definitely not brachy breeds)… I need intrinsic motivation.

    I have no shortage of ideas (ever), and niche specialisation is what I want to do in the long term, but in the a short term, with the limited experience I have now, I think it would be wisest to aim for a more common pet business concept e.g. dog training, walking and pet sitting as a stepping stone, to build experience and market insights, establish myself as someone who knows what I’m doing, and get a sense of needs that are unserved, and which are also meaningful for me to do/create/supply/build a business concept around.

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    Empaw
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    DrGear, post: 270404, member: 102825 wrote:
    NEIS is an excellent program. I started on it and went through Sydney Business. We went from a single person small business when starting 3 years ago to now having 9 staff and a second store on the way.

    They’re incredibly thorough in their mentor ship and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

    Thank you! That is definitely good to know.

    Would you mind telling me which branch of Sydney Business you’ve had good experiences with? There are many of them. Even better, I’d love to get some names of specific mentors who are good.

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