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...

Get More Done: How to Set (and stick to!) Systems for Getting More Done

When you work for yourself, you’re not just a dog trainer… you’re a business owner. And that means doing a whole lot more than just training dogs.

Yet so often, even when we have the best of intentions, the tasks that need to happen for our business that aren’t directly related to the work we need to do every day for our clients — things like marketing, answering emails, or reconciling receipts — fall by the wayside. We know they’re important. We know they need to happen. Yet they never seem to get done.

That’s fine… for a while. But when those types of tasks get put off for too long, problems begin to emerge.

Contracts for Business Owners 101

Contract law was a full-year course when I went to law school.  While I found it fascinating, I understand that most people would rather spend all day washing dog saliva out of empty food toys.  But, as a business owner, it’s important that you have a basic...
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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