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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762760834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762760831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything you need to know to run a profitable pet-sitting and dog-walking business from your home
 
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based pet-sitting and dog-walking business? There is no better time to do so than now. This fledgling field—which combines the appeal of working with animals, a viable customer base, and truly low start-up costs—is fast becoming an established profession for many. And yet its “fun” aspects are often overshadowed by daunting tasks. With a simple, step-by-step format, How to Start a Home-Based Pet-Sitting and Dog-Walking Business guides you from dreaming to doing more clearly and comprehensively than any such book to date.
 
Leading pet-care company owner Cathy Vaughan shares her experiences and advice on every aspect of the field, providing a gold mine of tools and success strategies. She shows you how to register your business with the proper authorities, purchase specific insurance for a pet-sitting business, market your services, expand your business—and how to become and stay profitable.
 
Use these handy worksheets, checklists, and sample forms:
 
Revenue Table
Income Log
Profit and Loss Statement
Preservice Checklist
Service Agreement

About the Author

Cathy Vaughan established Cathy’s Critter Care as a one-client start-up in 1998 and today her business employs sixteen part-time pet sitters and a full-time office manager. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for Pet Sitters International, spoken at conventions, and published articles in World of Professional Pet Sitting. In 2010 Cathy co-established Bluebonnet Bunk’n Biscuit, a comprehensive pet-care facility.

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Her information is thorough, up-to-date, and comprehensive.
BlewJ
This is the most invaluable book you will need in setting up your pet sitting/dog walking business.
TiAmo
I highly recommend this book to anyone starting out in the pet sitting and dog walking business.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just started doing some dog-sitting in my home on a casual basis for four different people willing to pay, and I wanted to acquire more information about what it might take to start a dog-sitting business, so I chose this book. I made an excellent choice if I do say so myself. I learned so much reading this book that I now know I will never start a dog-sitting business nor would I even want to. Looking after dogs is hard enough, but looking after a business is much, much harder. After reading this book, I understood better why certain segments of the population go into the Mafia: the legal red tape, the taxes, and the regulations are ridiculously complicated.

I thought the book would be, in part, devoted to some advice regarding the actual hands-on experience of dog-care, information about what to do and what not to do. The last chapter has a few pointers, but nothing very substantial.

This book is wholly about business, starting maintaining, and developing a business. The author did it. She was successful in her pet-sitting business enough so that she and her husband devote themselves full-time to their pet-sitting enterprise.

There is no lack of information as to how to start, how to maintain and how to develop a pet-sitting business here, although, again, another limitation of the book is that it is devoted solely to dog-walking outside of one's own home. I never thought of a "home-based" business as involving other people's homes, but such is the author's enterprise and so is the content of this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BlewJ on June 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
The title of the book is spot on for the business I want to start. Her information is thorough, up-to-date, and comprehensive. This is not only an informative, nearly step-by-step instruction book, but she refers to a plethora of other resources necessary for those would begin work in this field. Compared to the entrepreneurs I have spoken with in person in this field, she is on par if not above par with them all. Very knowledgeable of economics, customer service, time management, canine/human relations, the practical, etc. She has a gift for teaching and breaks it down into its simplest possible expression. I have this book on loan from the library, but I will soon buy it to add to my very choosy library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Gaboury on April 25, 2012
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I've been doing a lot of research about starting my own business. I've read a few books and this is by far the BEST one! Realistic helpful advise and tools you can use. I know I will be going back to this book for help as my business grows!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TiAmo on September 9, 2011
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This is the most invaluable book you will need in setting up your pet sitting/dog walking business. Cathy tells you evertything you need to know. I call it my Bible. I have followed everything she suggests and my business is booming. Love it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book that considers every aspect of starting a home-based pet-sitting business in a easy to understand well written format. Cathy Vaughan does an outstanding job of explaining the day-to-day nature of pet-sitting,the importance of writing a detailed business plan, and how to market your business successfully by indentifying your target client. This book is chock full of information from someone that has been there. This read is a must for those interested in starting a new venture be it pet-sitting or any home-based business. I recommend this book for anyone ready to make their home-based business from a dream to a reality!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey on May 29, 2012
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While this book considers all aspects of the pet sitting business the Kindle edition very often leaves you wondering what the author actually wrote.I've seen this problem in the past and am left wondering if it is inherent to the Kindle or if the books editor's are letting mistakes slide by. Had I read the paperback version I may have gone with 5 stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ShelleyBelly815 on August 16, 2011
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This book had almost the same information as "Start Your Own Pet-Sitting Business By Cheryl Kimball. I would say this book actually had less information. I didn't find anything that I didn't already know. I ended up starting my business after the book from Cheryl Kimball and it was extremely helpful!
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