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    Rubytwoshoes
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    Hi

    I’ve been operating a dog minding/pet sitting business caring for pets in my home or theirs for a year now.

    I believe there is potential in my area for a doggy daycare business. There are 5 already on the south side of Brisbane and only 2 on the north side. I live in a area that’s developing fast with new houses and business premises being built at a rapid rate. I just believe its a matter of time before someone else sets up a dog daycare business here.

    I’m not a qualified behaviour specialist and I can’t do grooming but am willing to learn. I have been around dogs all my life, fostered and rehabilited many rescue dogs and have a small but steady stream of dogs that I’ve minded whilst owners go on holiday.

    My husband is a finance manager so happy to help with account side of things and I used to be a project manager for a University before having kids.

    I’m interestied to hear any comments good or bad (I’m a big girl I can talk it lol) and any advice?

    My main question is how and where do I start? How do I take my acorn of an idea and turn it into a big oak tree?

    Thanks

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    Peter – FS Administrator
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    Hi Rubytwoshoes,
    Thanks for joining and getting involved and welcome to Flying Solo.
    Sounds like a potential opportunity there. When there are other successful businesses in the field it can suggest that there is a viable business opportunity.
    Look forward to hearing as your research progresses.
    Cheers
    Peter

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    Stuart Ayling
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    Hi Rubytwoshoes,

    Just a suggestion if you’re keen on getting new clients. Getting clients through referalls or friends is great. But often to grow you need to attract people who don’t know you.

    Getting stangers to trust you with caring for their dogs will require you to establish some credibility with them. Your commitment to look after dogs is great but depending on the type of owner you are looking to attract they may need more reassurance to trust you. I’m not sure how important being a trained behaviour specialist or groomer is for your business (is that what owners expect?), but one thing you can do is get testimonials from the owners for the dogs you have already minded.

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