Mobile pet care start-up checklist
Whether you are a dog groomer, pet sitter or animal trainer, the idea of a mobile business may really appeal to you and your client base. The Mobile pet care start-up checklist will help you access the necessary steps to get your business on the road.
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When you're setting up your business, you need to ensure that all of your bases are covered. Consider the following steps as you navigate through the business start-up phase.
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Knowing the pet care industry
Before you start your mobile pet business, it is necessary to research your industry. Are you targeting the pet food market? Do you wish to open a pet grooming or pet photography business? Use these resources to help develop your knowledge base and become an expert.
Get data that sheds light on population characteristics such as location, age, income, education level, and more.
- Canadian Industry Statistics — Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services (NAICS 81291)
Find information on the number of establishments, productivity and investment for the pet services industry.
- Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada
Find resources, online courses, events and tradeshow information to help you with your pet care business.
- Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Find information and advice from veterinary professionals on common health issues for the pets in your care.
Setting up your mobile pet care business
If you are taking your business on the road, your overhead may be less, but you will need to have a large vehicle and supplies always available. Pricing your services, getting liability insurance and learning contract negotiation will be necessary to run your mobile business smoothly. Check these resources to help with your business.
- Protecting your business
Your company is your greatest investment. Discover safeguard options that will help keep your business secure.
Know the factors that will help you determine the payment you will receive in exchange for your goods or services.
Negotiating is an inevitable part of doing business. Learn more about this important skill.
- Finding and managing suppliers
Find suppliers who are ready to meet the many needs of your business.
- Stock control and inventory
Explore various stock control techniques and learn how to develop a suitable inventory system for your business.
Complying with pet care regulations
Licence and regulations requirements for operating your mobile pet business may differ across Canada provincially, territorially and municipally. Keep in mind that you may require certain vaccinations for the safe handling of pets in your care. You may also need to meet licensing requirements for zoning, transporting animals, or health and food inspections.
- Permits and licences
Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.
- Import policies — Pet food
Be aware of the regulations you need to follow when importing pet food and products.
- Guide for the Labelling and Advertising of Pet Foods
Find resources on labelling and advertising regulations for dog and cat food.
Hiring and training your staff
Whether you are starting out in the mobile pet business or wish to expand your operation, you will need specific courses or certification to succeed in the pet industry. Knowing how to handle pets, providing first aid or pet nutrition is essential training to have under your belt. Use these resources to help you with the hiring and training process.
- Criminal record checks and security screening
Find out how to obtain a criminal record check to protect your business and your employees, and to increase client confidence.
- Pet groomers and animal care workers
Access information on training and job prospects in the pet grooming and pet care industry.
- Pet first aid — St. John Ambulance training
Learn how to respond effectively to injured or wounded pets.
- Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers
Access information on education and resources for dog trainers.
- Canadian Professional Pet Stylists
Learn how you can become federally certified as a professional pet groomer in Canada.
Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced entrepreneur who's been in business for years, you can never be too informed when it comes to your business.
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