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It’s Your Business: Flip the Script on Accounting and Budgets

When you first decided to become a dog trainer, did you realize that you would also become a web designer, marketing expert, social media personality, sales person, secretary AND accountant? Chances are, you didn't realize how many different job titles you would have...

Creating Graphics For Your Business

I am going to put on a different hat today, and talk about design.  You may know me as DTU's resident legal beagle, but what you may not know is that my undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts (I majored in sculpture).  While it may seem like a strange combination (talk...

Considerations to make when buying a bigger property for dog training

Jamie and I recently purchased a larger property to grow our business and life upon.  The decision to purchase was the easiest part. Our business offers board and train services in our home environment, classes taught in a local pet store and private in home training...
Creating Graphics For Your Business

Creating Graphics For Your Business

I am going to put on a different hat today, and talk about design.  You may know me as DTU's resident legal beagle, but what you may not know is that my undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts (I majored in sculpture).  While it may seem like a strange combination (talk...

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Case Study: The Freckled Paw

Case Study: The Freckled Paw

Case study: Crystal Partain, The Freckled Paw. On target to reach a goal of $150,000 in 2021. Summary: Crystal started working in a vet clinic, cleaning kennels, at 16 years old. She worked her way up, and by the time she went to college a few years later, she knew...

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Streamline your sales process

Streamline your sales process

A few years ago when I asked trainers about their sales process. I would likely be met with an eye roll and a "what sales process?" Now most trainers are comfortable with the idea that they have to sell their service if they are to run a successful business.  Not all...

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Business Names, Logos and Trademarks

Business Names, Logos and Trademarks

For many business owners, naming their business and designing a logo sounds like fun in the beginning, but can become complicated very quickly.  In truth, it’s an important step that is more about planning than fun, but that can grow into a valuable asset and a source...

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Moving the needle in your dog training business

As dog trainers we have more to do and more on our minds when there are more clients, classes and appointments.    There are some goals that we go after with jet fuel in our veins and then burnout when either we don't see quick results or when we actually get...

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The Five Pillars of a Successful Business

The Five Pillars of a Successful Business

As we prepare to close out the first quarter of 2021, many of us have now finished up our 2020 financials, prepared and filed our taxes from last year and are taking the time to reflect on our business. How did yours do? "You can't see where you are going without...

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Adding More Services. Is It Time?

Adding More Services. Is It Time?

As dog trainers, we often open our business and hit the ground running. We take on as many clients as we can, work a random assortment of hours, and try to bring in as much money as we can. Telling ourselves “someday” we might have a building, more services, or...

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