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.

For general information on business start-up, consult our Business start-up checklist.

  • Business start-up checklist
    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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  • Buying a business
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  • Franchising
    Learn more about buying a franchise as an option for starting a business.

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.

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.
  • Pricing
    Know the factors that will help you determine the payment you will receive in exchange for your goods or services.
  • Negotiations
    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.

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.

Additional resources

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.

  • Starting a business
    Want to be your own boss? Find out how to start a business.
  • Business support organizations
    Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from new business owner to experienced entrepreneur.
  • Contact the Canada Business Network
    The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance, information and resources to help make your journey in business a success.
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