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...

Taking More Time Off: New Year, New Vacation Policy

One of the biggest things that pushed me to opening my own business was wanting to be in control of my own time. I also really wanted to be in control of my own vacation policy. Why? I just really like to take time off. I like to travel to dog events. I like to travel...

Interviews with small business owners – how to get access to expert advice

This fourth interview in our series is a special treat: our interviewee is Vanessa O'Connor, and attorney with the Harvard Law School Transactional Law Clinic. TLC is an amazing resource for small business owners who can't afford the legal advice they need to build a...
Who are you as a leader in your business?

Who are you as a leader in your business?

In the dog training world the word "Leadership" has been abused and misused every chance a trainer gets. This often leads to a lesser understanding of what it means to be a leader in our lives and our businesses.  As business owners we should separate our...

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5 Ways to Avoid a Winter Business Slow Down

Many dog trainers experience a decline in inquiries and sales once the holidays start to roll around and through the winter months but that doesn't have to be you! You can avoid the perceived business slow down by being prepared with a consistent marketing plan and...

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Biz Health Check: Are All Your Eggs in ONE Basket?

Biz Health Check: Are All Your Eggs in ONE Basket?

Does your business have ONE major referral source? Do you offer ONE service? Do you have ONE type of target client? This little post is for you! Part of being a super entrepreneur is ensuring you and your business can handle changes. Life happens. (And this year,...

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Planning For Catastrophe

Planning For Catastrophe

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best thing you can do for your business longevity is to make a plan for when things go wrong. When a client asks me what to do first when starting a new business, I tell them to think about insurance. Ask yourself, what...

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Work Life Balance – Taking steps to create it

Work Life Balance – Taking steps to create it

All too often as entrepreneurs, we let our drive and desire to succeed override our need for balance. We worry that if we aren’t answering emails and phone calls quick enough, will our potential customers go elsewhere. If we aren’t available nights and weekends, will...

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