Independent Contractors, Employees, and Interns, Oh My!

The day your business grows busy enough to consider hiring someone to help you is an exciting time. But it is also a time that can be fraught with worry and traps for the unwary.  It’s a big step that can land you in a shadowy forest of employment law, wage and hour...

Here’s How Even A Busy Dog Trainer Can Get Back Free Time

We’ve all been there.

I know I certainly have — someone asks you what you do for a living, and you describe running your own business in a way that makes it sound downright cushy. You make your own hours! Unlimited time off! Only have to work with people you like!

…and you conveniently leave off all the “hard parts.”

You know, the long hours, overwhelming email inbox, and times when it takes 8 conversations just to schedule a single client lesson. The part where your boss (aka you!) has unrealistic expectations about how much can be done in a day. Oomph.

Make Agreements with Yourself

As business owners there are many things that can weigh on our minds.  When our minds are cluttered our business can suffer and so do our lives.  Conversations with our significant others are less enjoyable. The activities we perform are not as fun as they could be...
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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Taking More Time Off: New Year, New Vacation Policy

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...

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