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How To Start and Operate a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business

These sessions of "How To Start and Operate a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business" will take you from the very beginning, when you're only thinking about starting this business, to organizing it and finally to the point where you will collect your fees in checks or credit card payments.
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May 11, 2017

Show Notes

 

Here is the link that I referenced in the session.

 

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/independent-contractor-self-employed-or-employee

 

 

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT  

 

 

This Agreement is between <Name of your Company> (hereafter referred to as “The Company”) whose mailing address is <Your mail address> and <Name of Independent Contractor>__________________________    (hereafter referred to as “The Independent Contractor”), whose primary business address is ___________________________________  _____________________________________. 

 

This Agreement shall commence as of _____/_____/_____

 

The Company engages in pet care services and the overall care and sitting for domestic animals. The Independent Contractor represents that he/she is a skilled professional or specialist in the area of pet sitting and pet care. The Company desires to engage The Independent Contractor for certain specific assignments. The Independent Contractor and The Company agree to the following:

 

  1. RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  1. The Independent Contractor shall provide the following services for The Company on a non-exclusive basis, including but not limited to:

 

  • Dog Walking
  • Cat Sitting
  • Key Pick-up and Drop Off
  • Meet and Greets

 

  1. The Independent Contractor shall complete all assignments in a timely professional manner consistent with accepted industry standards, and within time frames and fee structures as agreed to for each project.

 

  1. The Independent Contractor acknowledges The Company’s proprietary interest in any of its clients and agrees that neither The Independent Contractor nor his/her agents or employees shall disclose any information regarding any clients or business practices of The Company gained through its work with The Company, to any third party, during the term of this Agreement. This Agreement applies to all information presented to The Independent Contractor by The Company or its clients, whether by oral, written, facsimile or material disclosure or electronic transmission, or by any other means.

 

  1. The Independent Contractor agrees that all assignments produced for The Company shall be considered work-for-hire.

 

  1. The Independent Contractor shall not obligate The Company at any time by Agreement with any third party in any way.

 

  1. The Independent Contractor is not an employee of The Company, and may provide services for other clients, and maintains a separate principal place of business.

 

  1. The Independent Contractor will determine the method, details, and the means of performing the above services. The Company shall have no right to, and shall not control the manner or determine the method of accomplishing The Independent Contractor’s

 

  1. The Independent Contractor shall perform the services required by this Agreement at any place or location and at such times as The Independent Contractor and The Company have agreed upon.
  2. COMPENSATION AND FEES
  3. The Independent Contractor shall be paid an agreed-upon fee on an agreed-upon day of the week:

 Compensation will be by:

  1. Company Check or

b: Paypal Transfer

  1. All expenses shall be borne by The Independent Contractor except as agreed to in advance, in writing. The Independent Contractor agrees to submit written or emailed invoices for all work performed for The Company, if required by The Company, prior to payment.
  2. The Independent Contractor is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits or unemployment benefits. The Independent Contractor is obligated and assumes full responsibility for payment of any and all federal and state taxes on any monies earned pursuant to this independent contractor Agreement.         Independent Contractor Initials: _______       

PERIOD OF SERVICE AND TERMINATION

  1. This Agreement shall be in effect for a period of thirty days from the date of its execution. This Agreement will automatically renew if The Independent Contractor continues to do work for The Company after the expiration date.
  2. This Agreement may be terminated by either party, Without Cause, upon five (5) days written or emailed notice to the other party, or With Cause, immediately upon material breach of any terms of this Agreement by either of the parties.
  3. The Independent Contractor may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide services to The Company’s Clients or potential Clients. If The Independent Contractor declines to provide services to any of The Company’s Client, The Company, at its own discretion, may terminate this Agreement at will.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

1.       All work produced for The Company by The Independent Contractor shall be considered work-for-hire, and the exclusive property of The Company. When final payment for contract work is made to The Independent Contractor, all rights in all forms are the sole property of The Company in perpetuity.

  1. The Independent Contractor will not solicit, contract with, or join in with The Company’s clients, for a period of one (1) year from the date of expiration or termination of this Agreement, without the express written consent of The Company.
  2. The Independent Contractor agrees that he/she will not impair the business relationship between The Company and its Clients or prospective clients, in any way.

 

  1. This Agreement shall constitute the complete Agreement between The Independent Contractor and The Company, and no representations or promises, oral or written, have been made except as agreed to in writing.

 

  1. If any part of this Agreement shall become invalid, such portion shall be severed and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
  2. Neither this Agreement nor any duties or obligations under this Agreement may be assigned by either party without prior written consent of both parties to this Agreement.

INDEMNIFICATION

The Company and The Independent Contractor agree to defend and indemnify each other and their agents for all damages they may suffer, including legal fees and expenses, resulting acts of or from representations based upon any information, either written or oral, provided by the other or by the omission of any material information.

JURISDICTION AND ATTORNEYS’ FEES

Each party hereto consents to the jurisdiction of the Courts of the State of <Your State> and the terms and provisions of the Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of <Your State>.  If any provision in this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will nevertheless continue in full force without being impaired or invalidated in any way.

 

If any action at law or in equity, including an action for declaratory relief, is brought to enforce or interpret the provisions of this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees, which may be set by the court in the same action or in a separate action brought for that purpose, in addition to any other relief to which that party may be entitled.

 

Agreed on this date: ______________________________

<Your Business Name> __________________________________________________

<Your Name Printed>____________________________________________________

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

<Name of Independent Contractor>_________________________________________

Signature: _____

Mar 10, 2017

Taking on additional help to your solo operation will be a big deal, whether you take on one or two assistants who can help you when you’re ill or on a vacation, or whether you take on additional people to address a growing clientele.

When considering taking on additional help, you’ll have to decide whether that help will be employees or individual contractors.

Here are the links that I referenced in the session.

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/independent-contractor-self-employed-or-employee

https://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/FAQ-IndepContractorsvsEmployees.pdf

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Employee_vs_Independent_Contractor

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me an email at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com and ask your questions, offer your comments OR tell me that you’d like to be interviewed by me on an upcoming session.

Ray, the Dog Walker

 

Dec 24, 2016

On this Christmas Day Eve, I want to send to all you dog walkers and pet sitters … those of you who are established in business and those of you who are still thinking about it … a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Quansa and a joyous Festivus. If you celebrate some other holiday at this time of the year, my wishes to you as well.

If you’re already in business, you’ll surely be getting plenty of holiday gifts in the form of food and gift cards. Be sure to thank your customers. And for your customers who didn’t leave anything for you, send them a cheery holiday greeting as well.

For those of you who are still planning on getting into this business, it’s time to get off your butts and get this show moving! There’s nothing better than a New Year’s Resolution to take your destiny into your own hands.

Happy Holidays you wonderful, wonderful animal lovers!

Dec 15, 2016

In this session of “How To Start and Manage a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

Business,” I’m going to talk to Mary Oberdier, the owner of Chase’n Tails Pet Care, LLC in Manatee County, Florida.

 

If you’d like to get in touch with Mary, you can email her at:

chasentails@yahoo.com

 

or go to her website:

www.chasentailspetcare.com/

 

Finally, you can also catch her on her Facebook page at:

www.facebook.com/ChasenTailsPetCareLlc

 

Chase’n Tails Pet Care’s business telephone number is:

941-447-9528

 

If you want to contact Mary, please be respectful of her time. She is a professional working hard at her business.

 

Drop me an email at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com and ask your questions, offer your comments OR tell me that you’d like to be interviewed by me on an upcoming session.

 

Nov 27, 2016

I’ve been collecting these Random Thoughts since I started this podcast over a year ago. I kept them in my notes with the idea of incorporating them into their own sessions but I soon learned that they don’t carry enough weight on their own to warrant full sessions by themselves. They are important enough, however to be aired somewhere. That somewhere is here.

Oct 25, 2016

 

Today I’ll be talking with two friends who over a period of time decided that they wanted to be in control of their own destinies. You’ll hear how Darrell Kelton and Javier Vega carefully planned their business, Leash Dog Care, how they then quit their regular jobs and how then jumped head first into this business without any regrets.

Business: Leash Dog Care

Owners: Darrell Kelton andJavier Vega

Location: Boston, MA

Bus Phone: 617-294-9455

Website: www.leashdogcare.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/leashdogcare

Twitter @leashdogcare

Instagram @leashdogcare

 

Sep 23, 2016

When it comes to money, making it is only part of the problem. Retaining as much as you can, is the other part of it. I think that we all know this, but what we often don’t realize in time is that there are a number of financial obligations that we have to pay, whether we want to or not. Often those bills come at the most inopportune time. 

That inopportune time when money is needed most for dog walkers and pet sitters is often during income tax time AND when our annual insurance and bonding payments are due. 

Until you get more experience with your expenditures, set aside 22% of everything that you make. That should keep you out of trouble.

Jul 31, 2016

In this session of “How To Start and Manage a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business,” I’ll talk to you about how you can adjust your business to accommodate a shifting customer base, especially during the summer when many customers order a temporary service stoppage.

Jul 8, 2016

In this session of “How To Start and Manage a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business,” I’ll introduce you to your first dog walking job.

Listen to how I suggest that you approach your first dog walking or pet sitting job.

I’ll walk you through your initial preparations through the time that you close the door and leave for your next job.

Comments, questions and critiques can be left at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com

May 12, 2016

In this session of “How To Start and Manage a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business,” I’m going to chat with Amanda Krom, the owner of Amanda’s Paw Pals in HIGGANUM, Connecticut.

 

Amanda’s Paw Pals at www.amandaspawpals.com

Also look for Amanda’s Paw Pals on Facebook

Apr 16, 2016

Listen to how Ally Mayer, the owner of The Waggly Tail started her business.

Great chat!

If you’d like to get in touch with Ally or learn more about The Waggly Tail, please visit her website at www.thewagglytail.com. For your daily dose of cute pet pics, follow her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thewagglytail) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thewagglytailllc/).

Mar 21, 2016

Customer Relations is the process of keeping your customers happy and keeping them from fleeing to your competition.

Although Customer Relations is the third leg of the three-legged customer development process, after Marketing and Sales, in my opinion, it is THE most important leg.

My six Principles of Customer Relations:

  1. Do your job well
  2. Be accessible
  3. Query your customers about how you’re doing
  4. IMMEDIATELY address any problems and make them good
  5. Offer extra, free services that your customer did not expect
  6. Clean up after yourself

If you haven’t done so yet, please subscribe to this podcast and LIKE it.

To do so, go to iTunes and look for this podcast by searching for “How To Start and Operate a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business.

Once you find it, please LIKE the podcast.

Finally, would you like to talk to me about your plans or questions about this business? If so, please email me at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com. I’d like to talk to you over Skype and if you agree, put our talk on an upcoming session of “How To Start and Operate a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business.” I think it’ll be a blast for both of us. Don’t worry if you haven’t done anything to start your business yet. As long as you’re interested in it and you have some questions or comments, I’d like to talk to you.

Ray

Feb 21, 2016

This is a short, special call to action session where I’m going to ask you for a favor.

Whether you’ve been listening to this podcast with the possibility of one day starting this business, or whether you followed along and actually started your business, step by step, OR whether you’re already an established dog walker and pet sitter who’s looking to hear what another dog walker has to say, I’d love to hear from you.

Send an email to dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com and let me know a little bit about yourself … whether you’re an established dog walker; whether you’re still thinking about it … whether you have specific questions. Let me know whether you have Skype or ooVoo.
Feb 17, 2016

Session 11 – Sales

 

Sales is the process of convincing those people who know about your business through your marketing, to hire you.

 

Sales Literature:

+ Who Am I – A brief description of yourself

+ Services Offered – Discussion of your services and their prices

+ FAQs – Facts about your services and your business

 

Closing a sale is the process of getting a Prospect to agree to pay for your services and become your Customer.

 

Sales Principles

Customers will always make decisions based on their self-interest.

Customers prefer a good deal over a fair deal.

 

When making your presentation, explain, educate and answer questions.

 

The Presumptive Sales Technique pushes the meeting closer to an agreement by having you talk to your prospect as if he was already your customer.

 

Another principle of Sales is that you have to CLOSE a prospect at least THREE times, meaning that you have to ask for the job at least THREE times before it registers with the prospect.

 

If the Presumptive Sales Technique fails, Close your prospect by Asking for the Job.

 

Don’t fear rejection … remember, it’s not personal if it comes; it’s just business, and even if you do your presentations correctly, you will loose a few jobs.

 

Advanced Sales Techniques:

+ MIRROR your prospect’s speech tempo; do NOT imitate your prospects dialect or accent.

+ Include both parties in your presentation.

+ Determine who the dominant person in the decision-making team is by placing your business card equidistant between both parties. The dominant person will pick up the card.

+ Determine if your prospect is an A-Type or B-Type Person and adjust your presentation accordingly

          ++ A-Type wants the Big Picture; just the facts, please

          ++ B-Type wants all the facts; detail oriented

 

Preparing for your Meet-And-Greet:

+ DO NOT BE LATE; arrive 3 to 5 minutes early

+ Memorize your prospect’s name as well as that of the pet

+ Dress appropriately; clean dog walking attire

+ Wear Clean Shoes

+ Pull the prospect towards you by stepping backwards as the door opens

+ Pay attention to the pet

+ Bring treats for the pet; ask first

+ Take notes

+ After the Meet-And-Greet, immediate email a Thank You note.

 

Good luck!

Jan 29, 2016

In this session of How To Start and Manage a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business, I’m going to introduce you to the very important topic of Marketing.
 
Marketing is the process of letting the buying public … potentially your customers … know that you’re in business as well as what your business is all about.

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Go to https://www.craigslist.org/about/sites#US and find the particular craigs list that is closest to you.

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Start a free website with Blogger at www.blogger.com

Keep sending me your questions and comments to  dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com or go to the dogwalkerpodcast facebook page at www.facebook.com/dogwalkerpodcast and leave your comments or questions there.

 

Jan 11, 2016

In this session of How To Start and Manage a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business, I'm going to talk to you about book keeping and accounting.

1. Daily Service Calls

Service Calendar

 

 

Monday, January 04, 2016

9:00 AM

Customer 1 (M-F)

 

9:45 AM

Customer 2 (M-F)

 

10:30 AM

Customer 3 (M, W, F)

 

11:15 AM

Customer 4 (M-F)

 

1:00 PM

Customer 5 (Tu, Th)

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

9:00 AM

Customer 1 (M-F)

 

9:45 AM

Customer 2 (M-F)

 

11:15 AM

Customer 4 (M-F)

 

1:00 PM

Customer 5 (Tu, Th)

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

9:00 AM

Customer 1 (M-F)

 

9:45 AM

Customer 2 (M-F)

 

10:30 AM

Customer 3 (M, W, F)

 

11:15 AM

Customer 4 (M-F)

 

 

 

Thursday, January 07, 2016

9:00 AM

Customer 1 (M-F)

 

9:45 AM

Customer 2 (M-F)

 

1:00 PM

Customer 5 (Tu, Th)

 

 

 

Friday, January 08, 2016

9:00 AM

Customer 1 (M-F)

 

9:45 AM

Customer 2 (M-F)

 

10:30 AM

Customer 3 (M, W, F)

 

11:15 AM

Customer 4 (M-F)

 

2. Customer Payments

 

Client

Rec'vd

Check #

Amount

Tot Earn

Jan

Customer 1

01/04/16

#2778

$100.00

$100.00

 

Customer 2

01/04/16

#2031

$100.00

$200.00

 

Customer 3

01/04/16

#154

$60.00

$260.00

 

Customer 4

01/04/16

#1713

$100.00

$360.00

 

Customer 5

01/04/16

#3654

$40.00

$400.00

 

 

Balance Forward

$0.00

 

 

 

Ch # 2778

$100.00

 

Fee

Customer 1 (M-F)

Total Credit

$100.00

 

$20.00

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

$80.00

$20.00

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

$60.00

$20.00

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

$40.00

 

$20.00

 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

$20.00

 

$20.00

 

Friday, January 15, 2016

$0.00

 

$20.00

 

3. Running Totals of Customer Payments

Client

2016 Cum

Customer 1

$100.00

Customer 2

$100.00

Customer 3

$60.00

Customer 4

$100.00

Customer 5

$40.00

 

Then next time Customer 1 pays you another $100 for the following week’s of walks, add that $100 to the existing $100 to make it $200 in the 2016 Cum (for Cumulative) column. Do that for every customer and you’ll see how much each one of your customers pays you over time.

 

4. Monthly Income

 

Jan (1)

Feb (2)

Mar (3)

Apr (4)

May (5)

Jun (6)

Sub-Total

2016

$400.00

 

 

 

 

 

$400.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul (7)

Aug (8)

Sep (9)

Oct (10)

Nov (11)

Dec (12)

Total

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

$400.00

 

Using our example of 5 customers who pay you a total of $400 per month, you can use this simple set-up to track your monthly income as well as your 6-month midpoint income as well as your annual income. As your business grows, your monthly income will grow along with it.

 

5. Running Total Income and Tax burden

Tot Earn

32% Taxes

Taxes

$100.00

$32.00

$32.00

$200.00

$32.00

$32.00

$260.00

$19.20

$51.20

$360.00

$32.00

$83.20

$400.00

$12.80

$96.00

 

These cells should be added at the end of the cells of 2. Customer Payments above. I’m using the formula that you will have to pay around 32% of your income to State and Federal tax agencies. This will allow you to set aside in your savings account the amount of money that you should pay quarterly. If you pay your taxes on April 15, the IRS will charge you an interest rate for not having paid your quarterly taxes on time. 6. Expenses by Category

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Vendor

Purpose

Account

Amount

Sls Tax

Totals

1/4/2016

Vendor 1

2 leashes

20b Equip

$25.00

$1.50

$26.50

1/6/2016

Vendor 2

Off Supplies

18 Off Supp

$43.64

$2.62

$46.26

In this example I’m noting that I’ve made two business expenditures. I’ve noted the actual amounts with a separate notation for the Sales Tax which you’ll be able to deduct from your income taxes. Note that I’ve used the IRS 1040, Schedule C designations in the Account column, namely 20b and 18. You can do this if you have a Schedule C in your files for a reference. This will make it easier at tax time to itemize your deductions. You’ll add up all of your #20b expenses and then your #18 expenses as well as all of your other expenses and include those sums in your Schedule C. It’s much simpler than it sounds, really! 

Internet sources cited in this session …

dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/dogwalkerpodcast

Google “free basic accounting and bookkeeping courses online

https://www.irs.gov/

http://www.gnucash.org/

www.turbotax.com/

 

Dec 31, 2015

Veterinary Release Form

Veterinarian Name:

Address:

Phone #:

To the Veterinarian – Hospital

<Name of your Company> has been contracted to pet sit for my pet(s) and has my permission to place them in your care in case of an emergency. <Name of your Company> will attempt to contact me as soon as medical care is deemed necessary. However, in the event I cannot be reached immediately, I authorize you to treat my pet(s) and will be responsible for payment of any fees as stated below. Please file this form with my records.

 

Pet Owner:

Address:

Phone – email:

Pet(s):

  1. If above-named veterinarian is not available, I agree that another vet in his/her practice may care for my pets. If neither of these veterinarians are available, I give permission for <Name of your Company> to take my pet(s) to the nearest animal hospital or emergency clinic.

 

  1. I give permission for <Name of your Company> to approve treatment up to $_______. (Initial ______)

 

  1. I understand that <Name of your Company> assumes no responsibility for the loss of any pet and is released from all liability related to transportation, treatment and expense.

 

  1. Other conditions, if any:

 

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Tools of the Trade

 

Shoes

Sole inserts

Clothing

White for summer

Darker for colder weather

Shorts

T-Shirt or short-sleeve shirt

Hat with sun visor

Sweatband

Sunglasses

Long Pants

Long sleeve shirt

Jacket with hood

Stocking hat

Ear muffs

Gloves

Scarf

Handkerchief

Towel for self

Fanny Pack

Carabiner with cord for keys

Smart phone

Storage clip board

Extra blank forms

Dog treats

Extra pens

Binder for daily forms & keys

Brief case

Pens

Business cards

Poopie bags

Leashes

Double Leashes

Extra collars

Facemask

Shoe Covers

Towel for pets

Portable vacuum cleaner

Rug shampoo

Garbage bags

Pet poop spray

Air freshener

Dog and cat treats in containers

Lunch on ice in Igloo

Camping cutlery

More than enough to drink, preferably water

Thermos of coffee or tea

Baby Wipes, non alcohol

Tissues

Umbrella or poncho

Bucket for wet umbrella or poncho

Small bucket with plastic bag for trash

Various plastic bins to store equipment

Knife or scissors

Bicycle rear-view clip-on mirror for glasses

First aid kit

Can of wasp spray for protection

Automobile needs

Plastic signs for car

Computer with printer and internet connection

Email

Word processor

Spreadsheet

Filing cabinet

Hanging files with manila folders

Calculator

Label maker

 

Dec 9, 2015

YOUR LOGO                                                                  YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

CLIENT INFORMATION

 

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________ City; Zip:____________________

Phones: Home: ____________________________ /__________________________

Name: __________________ Work: _________________  Cell: _______________

Name: __________________ Work: _________________  Cell: _______________

Name–email: _________________________________________________________

Name–email: ________________________________________________________

Emergency Contact:     ________________________________________________

Emergency Contact:     ________________________________________________

Location of Extra Key: _________________________________________________

Alarm deactivation Code: _______________________________________________

Alarm activation Code: _________________________________________________

Alarm company Name: _________________________________________________

Alarm company Phone: ________________________________________________

Additional Information: _________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 

=====================================================

 

YOUR LOGO                                                                       YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

DOG INFORMATION

Please complete for each pet

 

Client’s Name: _______________________________________

Dog’s Name: ____________  Breed: ______ Gender  M  F  Neutered / Spayed  Y  N

Age: ______  Dog Rabies Tag #: ____________Expiration Date: _______________

Micro-chipped: Y  N  Chip #: _________ Registry Co / Phone #:________________

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS: ______________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

Medication Information: ________________________________________________

Favorite Games / Toys: ________________________________________________

Hiding Places: ________________________________________________________

When you walk your dog what does s/he do when s/he sees another dog:

□ Ignores the other dog

□ Shows some interest but keeps on walking

□ Wags tails and wants to play

□ Growls and becomes aggressive

□ Pulls hard on the leash to try to get to other dog

 

When you walk your dog what does s/he do when s/he sees a cat:

□ Ignores the cat

□ Shows some interest but keeps on walking

□ Wags tails and wants to play

□ Growls and becomes aggressive

□ Pulls hard on the leash to try to get to cat

 

Commands your dog knows (i.e. heel, sit, etc) _____________________________

Does your dog come when called? Y  N

Where do you dispose of your dog’s waste? ________________________________

 

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YOUR LOGO                                                                      YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

CAT INFORMATION

Please complete for each pet

 

Client’s Name: _______________________________________

Cat’s Name: ________  Breed: ______ Gender  M  F  Neutered / Spayed  YES / NO

Age: ______  Cat Rabies Tag #: __________________Expiration Date: _________

Micro-chipped: YES / NO  Chip #: ________ Registry Co / Phone #:____________

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS: ______________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Medication Information: ________________________________________________

Favorite Games / Toys: ________________________________________________

Hiding Places: ________________________________________________________

 

Does your cat try to escape? YES / NO

Will your cat not eat when stressed? YES / NO

Is your cat prone to hairballs? YES / NO

Is your cat skittish with strangers? YES / NO

Does your cat use the litter box reliably? YES / NO

Is your cat fearful of loud noises? YES / NO

Does your cat like to be petted? YES / NO

Does your cat like to be held? YES / NO

Has your cat ever bitten anyone? YES / NO

 

Where do you dispose of your cat’s waste? ________________________________

Special Instructions: ___________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 

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YOUR LOGO                                                                       YOUR CONTACT INFO

 

VETERINARY RELEASE

 

Veterinarian Name: ___________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Phone #: ____________________________________________________________

 

To the Veterinarian – Hospital

<name of your company> has been contracted to pet sit for my pet(s) and has my permission to place them in your care in case of an emergency.<name of your company> will attempt to contact me as soon as medical care is deemed necessary. However, in the event I cannot be reached immediately, I authorize you to treat my pet(s) and will be responsible for payment of any fees as stated below. Please file this form with my records.

 

Pet Owner: __________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Phone – email: _______________________________________________________

Pet(s): ______________________________________________________________

 

If above-named veterinarian is not available, I agree that another vet in his/her practice may care for my pets. If neither of these veterinarians are available, I give permission for <name of your company> to take my pet(s) to the nearest animal hospital or emergency clinic.
 

I give permission for <name of your company> to approve treatment up to $_______. (Initial ______)
 

I understand that <name of your company> assumes no responsibility for the loss of any pet and is released from all liability related to transportation, treatment and expense.
 

Other conditions, if any: ________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

My pet(s) has / have the following health issues: ____________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

This document for treatment has no expiration date unless otherwise noted

________________________________________________________________

Client Signature                                                                      Date

 

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                                            YOUR COMPANY NAME    
                                          Daily Notes & Checklist 
 
Client's Name:_____________________    Day/Date:___________________  

                                                                     Arrival Time:_____________

                                                                 Departure Time: ____________

                                      Condition of Premises:_______________________

□ All is well & secure

□ Problems Noted:________________________________________________

 

                             S          M          T          W         T          F          S
Dog(s)


Walk - Exercise
 
TLC Time
 
Fresh Water
 
Give Treat
 
Food
 
Clean-Up
 
RX
 
Secure Pet
 
 
Cat(s)


Clean Litter Box
 
TLC Time
 
Fresh Water
 
Give Treat
 
Food
 
RX
 
Secure Pet
 
 
Misc


Newspaper
 
Mail
 
Water Plants
 
 Bird Feeder

 
Security


Check House
 
Alternate Lights
 
TV/Radio
 
Burglar Alarm On
 
Lock Home
 
 
Notes about Dog(s): ________________________________________________
 
___________________________________________________________________

 ___________________________________________________________________

 
Notes about Cat(s): _________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________
 
____________________________________________________________________
 

Thank you for your business.

Please call me immediately with any concerns

Service Provider: __________________________  YOUR PHONE 123-456-7890

 

Nov 26, 2015

The single most important document that you will have in your business will be your service agreement. It and only it spells out in detail the scope of your business.

Your Service Agreement memorializes the agreement between you and your customer.

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SERVICE AGREEMENT

 

This Service Agreement is between <the name of your company> and the Client, ___________________ for pet care services beginning on (start date) _______ and thereafter on an as-needed basis.

PET CARE AND PAYMENT

  1. Pet care services will be provided at the following rate: _______.  Rates for subsequent services are subject to change.
  2. The Client authorizes <the name of your company> to perform pet care services as outlined in the Client Information, Pet Information, and Veterinary Release forms, which shall become part of this Service Agreement. Prior to any future pet care services, the Client agrees to notify <the name of your company> of any changes to the information on these forms.
  3. Emergency care: In the event that the pet(s) being cared for require immediate medical attention, <the name of your company> will attempt to contact the Client prior to obtaining emergency care. However, Client agrees that <the name of your company> has the authority to act in the pet’s best interest even if this means seeking medical attention prior to notifying the Client. The Client agrees to reimburse <the name of your company> for any additional fees and/or expenses that have been incurred while tending to emergency or veterinary care.
  4. Inclement weather/Natural disaster/Act of war: In the event of inclement weather, natural disaster, or act of war <the name of your company> is entrusted to use its best judgment in caring for the Client’s pet(s) and home. The Client recognizes that in the event of inclement weather, natural disaster, or act of war <the name of your company> reserves the right to alter its services that are outlined in this agreement.
  5. Personal Emergency: In the event of a personal emergency or illness of the pet sitter, the Client authorizes <the name of your company> to arrange for another qualified person to fulfill the agreed upon responsibilities as set forth in this Service Agreement. The Client will be notified in such a case.
  6. Key Policy: The Client agrees to provide <the name of your company> with one (1) entry key which will be returned upon the completion of the contracted services. The Client may agree to allow <the name of your company> to keep their key(s) on file in a secure location for future services.
  7. Locksmith: The Client gives <the name of your company> the authority to use the services of a locksmith in the event of a malfunction of the lock, keys, or automatic door opener. The Client also agrees to reimburse <the name of your company> within 7 days of the Client’s return for all costs incurred, and to hold <the name of your company> harmless for any consequences related to the activities of the locksmith. <The name of your company> will attempt to contact the Client prior to obtaining any locksmith services.
  8. Payment: The Client agrees to make payment in the full price at the time of the first visit.
  9. Extra Services: Any charges for any unplanned services will be due within 7 days of completion of those unplanned services. An invoice for any additional charges (including receipts) will be left at the Client’s home upon completion of those unplanned services.
  10. Confirmation: The Client agrees to call <the name of your company> prior to leaving in order to confirm the departure day and time, and again upon returning home to let <the name of your company> know that the pets are safe. If the Client expects to arrive home earlier or later than planned, <the name of your company> must be notified as soon as possible.

LIABILITY 

  1. <The name of your company> agrees to provide the services in a caring and responsible manner. The Client waives and relinquishes any and all claims against Christine’s Pets, LLC except in the case of proven negligence. The Client agrees to notify <the name of your company> of any concerns related to any agreed-upon services within 24 hours of returning home.
  2. Emergency Contact: The Client agrees to provide <the name of your company> with contact information where he/she can be reached while away. The Client will also provide a name and phone number of someone who is authorized to handle any major problems that may arise. If the Client or the designated contact person cannot be reached in a timely manner, the Client agrees to accept any decision <the name of your company> makes in regards to pet care or the Client’s property.
  3. Visitors: If anyone will be entering the Client’s home while it is under <the name of your company> care, the Client agrees to notify <the name of your company> in advance. <The name of your company> will not enter an occupied home if <the name of your company> has not been previously made aware of any visitors. Similarly, unless <the name of your company> receives instructions from the Client, <the name of your company> will not grant access to the home to any visitors. <The name of your company> will not be held responsible for any damages incurred to the Client’s home or to the pet(s) by any visitors. It is understood that anyone with access to the home will be notified of <the name of your company> presence and vice versa. The police will be called, without exception, on all intruders or suspicious acts.
  4. Outdoor Access: <The name of your company> will not be held liable for the well being or actions of any pet with unsupervised access to the outdoors.
  5. Aggressive Pets: If a pet has a history of biting or other aggressive behavior, <the name of your company> reserves the right to refuse or cancel its service. The Client will be liable for the pet sitter’s medical expenses and/or damages that are the result of an animal bite or injury due to the pet’s aggressive behavior.
  6. Vaccinations: The Client agrees to provide <the name of your company> with proof of current vaccinations for all pets. Should the dog walker or the pet sitter be bitten or otherwise exposed to any disease or ailment received from the Client’s animal(s), the Client agrees to pay all the costs and damages incurred.
  7. Future Services: The Client authorizes this signed Service Agreement to be valid for future services without additional signed Service Agreements or written authorization, other than changes in the pricing that may be negotiated with the Client.

The Client states that he/she has read this entire agreement, and he/she understands and agrees to its terms and conditions.

 

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Client                                 Date    <the name of your co>            Date

 

 

Nov 3, 2015
  1. Insurance protects your dog walking and pet sitting business against any covered losses to your business
  2. Bonding protects your customers from your business if your business breaches its contract with them.
  • Google the term, "Insurance companies for dog walkers."
    1. Click on the site “Pet Sitting Insurance USA comparison chart …” at http://petsits.com/petsittinginsuranceusa.htm
      1. Pet Sitters Associates or PSA
      2. Pet Sitters International or PSI
    2. Acceptable coverage for Bodily Injury or Property Damage:
      1. $1 million for each occurrence
      2. $2 million general aggregate
      3. $1 million personal injury
      4. $2 million aggregate limit
      5. $100,000 Fire Legal Damage limit
      6. $15,000 each occurrence for loss of pets in your care with a $30,000 aggregate
      7. $1,000 each occurrence for veterinary expenses with a $5,000 aggregate
      8. $10,000 each occurrence for loss of personal property with an aggregate of $25,000 including a surety bond
      9. $2,000 for lost key and re-keying costs of a customer’s home.
      10. $5,000 Medical expenses
    3. Staying Out Of Trouble
      1. Make sure that you have the house key before you leave on your walk.
      2. Carefully open and close outside doors because some dogs and cats are escape artists.
      3. Don't cruise the customer's home; don’t go where you have no business going because you may be monitored.
      4. Don't use a customer's bathroom unless it's an emergency
        1. You don't know the possible state of disrepair of the toilet
        2. Customers generally don't like it when strangers use their toilets.
      5. Get an owners instructions and permissions in writing, including feeding, medication, treats, bringing in the mail, etc.
    4. Send your emails to dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com
Oct 16, 2015

#4 More Business Stuff

 

  1. Set up your professional email account
  2. Does your state require you to collect sales or use taxes?
    1. Check the Tax Foundation (http://taxfoundation.org) for information
    2. Contact your state’s revenue or tax department
      1. Ask them if dog walkers need to collect sales or use taxes

 

Oct 1, 2015

3 Let’s Set Up Your Business

 

  1. Choosing a company name
  2. choose a name that defines your business quickly
  3. stay away from personal names that are more ego driven than business smart
  4. unless you have "Dog Walking" and/or "Pet Sitting as part of the name
  5. Women's names seem to work best
  6. Highlight the business; minimize the name
  7. Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is more important than the actual name
  8. Important for magnetic signs on car
  9. log in to your state’s Corporation Commission
  10. confirm that your company name is unique
  11. if not, you must choose another name
  1. Apply for and immediately receive an IRS EIN
  2. log onto IRS website

1.http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/How-to-Apply-for-an-EIN

  1. DO NOT use non-IRS websites to apply for EIN
  2. After completing the EIN application, EIN will be generated immediately

 

III. Legally organize your company

  1. log onto IRS website for discussion about business structures
  2. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Choosing-a-Business-Structure
  3. Sole Proprietorship

     No legal filings; no special requirements

     You have no legal protection if you're ever sued

  1. I do not recommend remaining a Sole Proprietor
  2. C-Corporation
  3. used by large companies with stockholders
  4. double taxation
  5. strict business requirements
  6. not suggested for our type of business
  7. S-Corporation
  8. can be used by small businesses
  9. pass-through taxation
  10. still has strict business requirements
  11. Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  12. perfect for small businesses
  13. pass-through taxation
  14. not very strict business requirements
  15. ideal for our type of business
  16. file with your state’s corporation commission
  17. can pay LegalZoom or IncFile.com to do this
  18. easy to do by yourself
  19. log onto your state’s corporation commission
  20. located page to apply for LLC
  21. answer all questions
  22. must have legal company name handy

             iii. afterwards pay application and filing fee

  1. use credit or debit card

 

Leave questions or comments at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com

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Or on dogwalkerpodcast.com website.

 

    

Sep 13, 2015

For questions or comments, email me at dogwalkerpodcast@gmail.com

or leave a comment on my Facebook page.

 

In this session I’m going to talk to you about the many reasons that you should 
consider before deciding whether you’re the right person for this business.

Below is the spreadsheet that I mentioned in this session.

 

 

solo employee           Total Total Total
effective earnings rate # of  total Total Total Fee Income Income Income
per hour Customers # walks/week Hrs/day Hrs/wk $ per wk per mo per yr
$30 2 10 1 5 $15 $150 $600 $7,200
$36 2 10 1 5 $18 $180 $720 $8,640
$40 2 10 1 5 $20 $200 $800 $9,600
$44 2 10 1 5 $22 $220 $880 $10,560
                 
$30 4 20 2 10 $15 $300 $1,200 $14,400
$36 4 20 2 10 $18 $360 $1,440 $17,280
$40 4 20 2 10 $20 $400 $1,600 $19,200
$44 4 20 2 10 $22 $440 $1,760 $21,120
                 
$30 8 40 4 20 $15 $600 $2,400 $28,800
$36 8 40 4 20 $18 $720 $2,880 $34,560
$40 8 40 4 20 $20 $800 $3,200 $38,400
$44 8 40 4 20 $22 $880 $3,520 $42,240
                 
$30 10 50 5 25 $15 $750 $3,000 $36,000
$36 10 50 5 25 $18 $900 $3,600 $43,200
$40 10 50 5 25 $20 $1,000 $4,000 $48,000
$44 10 50 5 25 $22 $1,100 $4,400 $52,800
                 
                 
          total total total total
w/additional walkers # of Ave # Total # house house tke house tke house tke house tke
$15/walk Walkers Cust/Walker Cust take/cust per day per wk per mo per yr
  1 2 2 $5 $10 $50 $200 $2,400
  1 3 3 $5 $15 $75 $300 $3,600
  1 4 4 $5 $20 $100 $400 $4,800
  2 2 4 $5 $20 $100 $400 $4,800
  2 3 6 $5 $30 $150 $600 $7,200
  2 4 8 $5 $40 $200 $800 $9,600
  4 2 8 $5 $40 $200 $800 $9,600
  4 3 12 $5 $60 $300 $1,200 $14,400
  4 4 16 $5 $80 $400 $1,600 $19,200
  5 2 10 $5 $50 $250 $1,000 $12,000
  5 3 15 $5 $75 $375 $1,500 $18,000
  5 4 20 $5 $100 $500 $2,000 $24,000
  10 2 20 $5 $100 $500 $2,000 $24,000
  10 3 30 $5 $150 $750 $3,000 $36,000
  10 4 40 $5 $200 $1,000 $4,000 $48,000
                 
          total total total total
w/additional walkers # of Ave # Total # house house tke house tke house tke house tke
$22/walk Walkers Cust/Walker Cust take/cust per day per wk per mo per yr
  1 2 2 $7 $14 $70 $280 $3,360
  1 3 3 $7 $21 $105 $420 $5,040
  1 4 4 $7 $28 $140 $560 $6,720
  2 2 4 $7 $28 $140 $560 $6,720
  2 3 6 $7 $42 $210 $840 $10,080
  2 4 8 $7 $56 $280 $1,120 $13,440
  4 2 8 $7 $56 $280 $1,120 $13,440
  4 3 12 $7 $84 $420 $1,680 $20,160
  4 4 16 $7 $112 $560 $2,240 $26,880
  5 2 10 $7 $70 $350 $1,400 $16,800
  5 3 15 $7 $105 $525 $2,100 $25,200
  5 4 20 $7 $140 $700 $2,800 $33,600
  10 2 20 $7 $140 $700 $2,800 $33,600
  10 3 30 $7 $210 $1,050 $4,200 $50,400
  10 4 40 $7 $280 $1,400 $5,600 $67,200
  20 4 80 $7 $560 $2,800 $11,200 $134,400
                 
20% 2 dog walks                
                 
solo employee           Total Total Total
effective earnings rate # of  total Total Total Fee Income Income Income
per hour Customers # walks/week Hrs/day Hrs/wk $ per wk per mo per yr
$36 10 50 5 25 $18 $900 $3,600 $43,200
$43 10 50 5 25 $22 $1,080 $4,320 $51,840
$48 10 50 5 25 $24 $1,200 $4,800 $57,600
$53 10 50 5 25 $26 $1,320 $5,280 $63,360
                 
                 
w/additional walkers         total total total total
$15-$22/walk # of Ave # Total # house house tke house tke house tke house tke
  Walkers Cust/Walker Cust take/cust per day per wk per mo per yr
$5 4 3 12 $6 $72 $360 $1,440 $17,280
$7 4 3 12 $8 $101 $504 $2,016 $24,192
$5 5 3 15 $7 $105 $525 $2,100 $25,200
$7 5 4 20 $7 $140 $700 $2,800 $33,600
                 
                 
$15 walk; solo does 10 walks/day wit 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $43,200      
$15 walk; 5 walkers with 15 customers with 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $25,200    
Total Income: $68,400                
                 
$22 walk; solo does 10 walks/day wit 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $63,360      
$22 walk; 5 walkers with 20 customers with 20% 2 dog walks for annual income: $33,600    
Total Income: $96,960                
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