As pet sitters and dog walkers, most of us started our business because we are animal lovers. We started by doing the pet sitting and dog walking ourselves, happy as can be, because we get to play with pets all day. Then comes the financial plateau, because you can only squeeze so many clients into a single day. It's not uncommon to hit the burnout phase, shortly thereafter, because running around morning, noon and night, 365 days per year, in all sorts of weather, and on every holiday, is a recipe for disaster. And if you have your own pets, children or a husband, it's almost like running two, very full time businesses!
The answer to this very common problem is to remove yourself from doing the actual pet sitting or dog walking. In other words, “stop working IN your business and start working ON your business.” As difficult as it sounds, this is how you will be able to expand your business and make a lot more money in this industry. Wouldn't it be nice to have some free time again?!
“But I started this business, so I can work with animals!” or "I love my four-legged and feathery clients. I can't imagine not spending time with them!" But the truth is, you'll most likely hit that burnout phase, in your business, until you make the jump from “Pet Sitter” to “Pet Sitting Business Owner.”
And this is where a Virtual Assistant comes onto the scene. An experienced virtual assistant, one who is already familiar with the business of pet sitting and/or dog walking, can play a key role in helping your business thrive and grow. Your experienced Virtual Assistant can also help put your mind at ease knowing that a client's first contact and first impression will be with someone who is knowledgeable about the business, managing client records, managing your employees, and performing a wide array of office and management responsibilities.
Here are a few ways a Virtual Assistant who is already knowledgeable and experienced as a pet sitter or dog walker can help you: