Are you a new Dog Walking, Pet Sitting or Home Boarding business? Are you thinking of setting up soon and are not sure where to begin?
Are you struggling to get ready for your next Home Boarding or Day Care licence inspection? Are you finding it difficult to understand or interpret the DEFRA guidance for Home Boarding or Day Care? Would you like a website to promote your business but don’t know where to start? Maybe I can help!
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Waggy Walks 4 Dogs Pet Business Support offer services under the terms of a binding Service Agreement.
I don’t even know what I need to know! Where do I start?
I would suggest booking a call to talk about what you are planning to do so that we can decide together if I can help you or not.
Here is some FREE advice. Write a business plan. Business plans can feel unnecessary when you are starting up, and it’s just Dog Walking right? Wrong. They are an invaluable tool that helps you to decide which services you want to offer, how much to charge and how much you need to earn each day in order to 1) stay afloat, and 2) earn a profit. Think about which service will be your strongest offering, and which will be ‘side lines’. Think about what you can offer that makes you different to your local competition. You need to set yourself apart, especially if your area has a lot of pet businesses already. A business plan can help you to think all these things through and start off on a strong footing. It will also help you to decide if you can afford platforms such as a website straight away... do all your local competitors have one? Once you have some notes down in writing about what you want to do, and how you want to specialise... you are ready to get in touch!
Can this all be covered on the telephone?
Absolutely, as long as you have the ability to send photos, logos and text by email it is completely possible and quite normal, my clients are based all over the UK. If files are a too big to email, a file sharing portal such as Drop Box can be used.
What if I don't like the forms that you make?
Template packs are offered as they stand, but are in a format that you can change yourself if you want a different look or feel.
Customised work however is made as close to your specifications as possible. Design is completely subjective, and although every effort is made to understand your needs before starting a task, sometimes things need a little adjustment. Adjustments will be made within the price of the quote wherever possible and reasonable, however it may on occasion be necessary to charge a little extra. Your consent is needed in writing before any adjustments are made that would incur additional cost.
What if my Council want something changed in a document during an inspection and I have already paid you?
If you are asked to make minor changes to your forms and documents during an inspection that fall within the home boarding guidance for England, Wales or Scotland, let me know and I will make the adjustments for you free of charge. New documents however, would be chargeable. If your inspector is asking you to make changes that fall outside of the requirements of the guidance (they are making up their own rules), I may be able to help you to ask them why you are being asked to follow this rule. Alternatively, there are official organisations that can help you with this that I can refer you to.
Are these documents tried and tested ?
Yes. They have been successfully passed inspection (at a 5* star rating) in Bracknell Forest, Rushmoor, West Berkshire and several other boroughs.
Will you look after my website for me?
The intention is that I design or redesign your website based on your specifications, and it is then handed back to you to be looked after going forwards. Whilst that is my intention, I do look after websites for several clients who prefer to ask me to make periodic tweaks and changes rather than complete them for themselves. I am happy to provide some basic training on looking after your website, and we can decide how you wish to manage your website once you have had a look at it and got a feel for how the change system works.
Can you design logos?
Not professionally. I am a canine business specialist and trainer, and I do not have access to a professional vector design package. There are some good logo design businesses around however, and I am happy to help you to find one. Once you have your logo however, I can apply it to your documents for you.
Can I buy everything that I need in a package?
Yes, if you wish. Setting up a new business can be costly. As well as the administration set up, there are vehicles, insurance, walking permits, licence charges, equipment and changes to property to consider. Everything that you need is supplied in a pack or as a separate service so that you can start with the bare essentials and add extra items as you need them. The pack is usually a little cheaper than buying all the items individually. If you have a range of needs, please feel free to contact us for a personalised quote.
How can you help me with my training course?
If you need help to find a course that meets a specific set of requirements I can help you to find a reputable company to purchase from. You may not have studied for a while, I can help you prepare to get started and show you how to structure an essay, research answers using the internet and cite book and internet sources in an acceptable way for a professional qualification. I have many years experience working as a business coach and also as a classroom trainer so I am also able to help you find the right path if you are stuck on a particular question or subject – but I won’t give you the answers, you have to study!
My name is Vicky and I run Waggy Walks Pet Business Support. I run a successful Day Care and Home Boarding business that specialises in small and toy breeds. I also offer walking and pet home visits for other animals. Waggy Walks 4 Dogs has been trading for more than 4 years.
I have an OFQUAL recognised NCFE Level 3 qualification in Canine Behaviour and Psychology which I completed in 2016 with Distinction.
I am experienced at writing essay-style answers for exam questions and correctly including research within the answers. I have also completed observational studies in canine communication and am experienced in setting up such studies.
I have worked for 17 years in a licensed, inspected industry and led the government inspections during that time. I have 15 years of managing service agreements and writing procedures and training manuals, and am also a qualified NVQ/NCFE Assessor.
If you would like some help in setting up your new pet services business, or would like to give your existing business a bit of a face-lift then please feel free to contact me. I can also help you to start out on the right path if you have decided to take a qualification and are not sure where to begin. Please contact me for a no obligation discussion and quote based on your needs.
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