Essay for Career Tools CD for www.petgroomer.com - Mobile Grooming
Thinking about going to grooming school or becoming a mobile
pet groomer? Maybe you have seen a grooming truck or trailer in your
neighborhood, perhaps on your street. Have you ever wondered what it would be
like to bring your own grooming shop right to Scruffy’s front door? Are you considering a grooming career
or are currently a shop, home or housecall groomer itching to make a lifestyle
change? My “going mobile” story started with a standard poodle puppy and a
dream. That was a few short years ago and today I operate my own successful
mobile grooming business. If I can do it, you can too!
Royal Canine Mobile Grooming LLC is more than a job… it’s my passion. It’s a wonderful combination of people and pet skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative outlet. It’s opened a door to new friends, exciting challenges, financial success and terrific opportunities to write, speak, motivate, and excite others about the mobile grooming business.
GO MOBILE AND SUCCEED is my book. Called “The MUST HAVE manual for starting and growing a mobile grooming business” it’s the story of my journey into the pet care industry. A workbook of sorts that details the step-by-step process I went through, highlighting the entire adventure on the road to success.
Have I mentioned the FUN I am having? Pet grooming is a people business and people who groom like to have fun and support each other. The common bond among groomers is incredible. I have so many new friends on the grooming forums and on Facebook, hundreds of book customers and thousands of Internet followers. They read my blogs and book, contact me, ask questions, and best of all, we have fun being groomers together. I want everyone I meet to go mobile and succeed!
The grooming conventions are simply the greatest. Like mini vacations where watching the competitive grooming combines the excitement of a live sporting event and the creative thrill of a fashion show all rolled into one. And talk about meeting people? Celebrities and icons in the industry, manufacturers, suppliers and vendors, authors, trendsetters and thousands of talented groomers gather together. There is something for everyone at every convention from the brand new - never done it before newbee, to the top ranked master groomer who can turn Scruffy into Cleopatra. Nothing beats a grooming convention to experience, up close and personal, the entire universe of the pet industry. It’s a chance to see and participate, ask questions, learn, meet people and get inspired.
Mobile groomers offer a service that is in demand. It’s a rapidly growing industry filling a real need where opportunity is in every driveway. You set your hours, your prices, decide what services you want to offer and exactly where and when you want to work. Be your own boss, work in your own environment, expand, contract, mobile groomers are in control and can do very well in any economic climate. The flexibility and financial rewards are tremendous. There is still so much opportunity especially if you are willing to groom cats and big dogs. With the right skills, understanding your location and learning how to run the business properly your phone will ring off the hook! I’m so busy right now I could buy another van and hire an employee.
So, that’s my story! In my book GO MOBILE AND SUCCEED I spent a year of my life writing down everything you need to know from soup to nuts to start, grow and run a mobile grooming business. Even more important, my book will help you answer the question: Is mobile grooming right for you? Take it from me – I went to grooming school when I was fifty years old. I am proof that it is never to late to take the plunge, reinvent yourself, change your world, learn another skill, start a business and chart your life in a wonderful, exciting new direction.