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We are a service of the people that bring you the blogs of GroomWise.com, and we have been members of the grooming industry for as long as 61 years working under our author and founder, Madeline Bright Ogle. Maddie wrote the best selling grooming business selling over 25,000 copies, From Problems to Profits in Pet Grooming, and owned one of the world's most profitable pet grooming businesses under her management system described in From Problems to Profits. See www.groomingbusinessinabox.com

Governor presented evidence decides grooming is essential

"I approached the state and submitted a letter requesting the ability to continue my work. I included facts from the American Lung Association as well as other credited sources showing why pet grooming is essential along with letters from clients, a physician and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council PIJAC. With the information I have provided, I received a yes from the governor’s office to reopen."

Use this link to read full article. https://ladailypost.com/paw-fect-cuts-re-opens-for-business-on-dp-road/

Unemployment Application Warning

Unemployment Application Warning for Pet Groomers

I cannot say which states are involved but beware. This problem is happening according to reports from some groomers.

Unemployment eligibility can be very different for 1099 paid groomers compared to W-2 paid groomers. I have heard of W-2 groomers looking at unemployment applications and the forms ask if they are self-employed or paid by commission. The forms or instructions note if you check that box they are not likely eligible for unemployment. Wait!

The issue is HOW the commission is paid to you. W-2 (employed) or 1099 (self-employed). 

Just because commission system is used to calculate the wages doesn't make you self-employed. For example, sales people often get commission and in some places commission only compensation is still legal. They are self-employed and get 1099 forms with no payroll deductions.

W-2 groomers, you are going to have to make this clear if you check a box like that. Rather than asking HOW you are paid (W-2 or not) they can make the mistake of thinking you are self-employed on a commission basis. Unemployment offices can verify with your employer you are W-2, and perhaps you can show them a paycheck stub showing payroll deductions. 

Be careful and stay clear that you are NOT self employed. Even some of the employees of the unemployment office may get confused as not many W-2 wages are calculated by commission only. Grooming is kind of an exception. You are not self-employed if paid by W-2, and that is the point here to make clear with you unemployment agency.

People.com rude remark towards groomers during Covid-19.


Way to go People. It's fine to sell grooming kits to pet owners. But do you have to show a total lack of compassion for thousands of groomers that are financially suffering from the Covid 19 crisis?

We refer to the statement in your article to pet owners buying the grooming kit, "Maybe you’ll become such a pro, you’ll never need an expensive groomer again."

Ouch! What a lack of thoughtfulness on your part.

Resources to Help Groomers Now and When we Return to Work

Excellent 45 minute GroomerTALK Radio show with Joe Zuccarello, VP Sales and Marketing Paragon School of Pet Grooming, Learn2GroomDogs.com.

A show filled with stories and ideas helping groomers. Be sure to see www.learn2groomdogs.com/ComeTogether where Melissa Verplank has compiled many resources to help groomers now. Great ideas! We will get back to work and there are things that can be done now. Won't it be a Christmas rush? We can also reach out to our customers now as well.

Listen here http://tobtr.com/11699899



Corp stores operations at present with CV-19 prevention and stories of independent groomers

Here is an article that sums up at present what Petco and PetSmart are doing, and it seems most are open if not all. CLICK HERE

San Francisco Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order through April 7, and non-essential business closures. Yet it seems some groomers are open, including corps. CLICK HERE

At GroomerTALK Message Board we are hearing most groomers are working, but certainly not all. We have discovered that in some areas pet stores and vets are considered essential services. Mobile grooming it seems has few issues if any, and you can see outdoor workers such as gardeners are working even in shelter in place areas.