The Business Vacation Test

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Can you take the vacation test in your business?

When you first start your pet sitting business it can be overwhelming.  It takes a huge amount of your time and energy. You probably can’t imagine taking a vacation and leaving the business to run successfully without you.

But I’m here to tell you that it is possible to create a successful and profitable business and still spend quality time with your family and friends and do the things you love. If you can’t step away from your business and have it continue to run without your everyday presence then you have a job, not a business.

Now you might not be there yet in your pet sitting business, but I have a three-step plan which can help you create the balance between the day-to-day work you love and the need for quality time for yourself.

Step One: Build a team

The first step is to build a team of pet care professionals to take care of the client work. One of the students from my Multiply Mastermind program hadn’t taken a vacation in 10 years, so one of her business goals was to create a small team to be able to spend more time with her grandchildren and take a vacation. Within just four months, she hired a small group of sitters to take care of all the client work and she was able to go away and have an amazing, beautiful vacation with her family. See her beautiful vacation photo below.

 

Step Two: Hire a manager

Even with a team of sitters in place, you will still not be totally unplugged on your vacation if you have to check in each day and handle all the admin and scheduling work. The next step is to hire a manager you can trust to run the business in your absence. Having a manager means you will have someone to answer the phones, do all the scheduling, take care of any new client inquiries, and deal with any issues that happen with your clients or your team.

Step Three: Create systems and processes

The third step is creating systems and processes so that your manager and your team of pet sitters know exactly what is expected of them, what their job role entails, and every single last task is documented from start to finish. This will allow you to relax while you are away, confident in the knowledge that your pet sitting business is being run exactly the way it would be if you were there.

Build a team, hire a manager, and document your systems and processes so that the system runs the business and the person runs the system.

Take the Vacation Test. One, are you able to get away? And two, are you able to get away completely unplugged?

 

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How to Read More Books in 2021

How to Read More Books in 2021

This is a challenge that I’ve extended to my students in my Multiply Mastermind Program and my Scholars Program.

But one of the big things I hear when I suggest different books to members of my pet sitting community or my students is “Colleen, I do not have the time to read a book. I don’t have time to do anything for myself, let alone sit down and read.”

Start listening to books.

I use an Audible app through Amazon, and it’s given me the ability to take in at least one book a week.

Realize you have plenty of time when doing other things.

You might not have time to sit down with an actual hard copy book, but my second tip is you have plenty of time when you are loading and unloading the dishwasher, cleaning your house, doing laundry, and you’re walking the dog. If you put your earbuds in and listen to the book when you’re doing these things, you don’t need a lot of mental concentration when doing these types of tasks. You can consume more.

Speed up Audible.

You don’t have to listen to it at the exact speed that the author is reading. You can go up to two times as fast and that way you can get through more books.

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I highly suggest trying to read more in 2021. Please start with The Big Leap, which is my all-time favorite. I recommend it to everyone in my pet sitting community. Get Audible on Amazon, put your earbuds in and listen while you’re doing housework, and speed it up if you need to, and that’s how you’re going to get more reading in this year.

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My Secret Sauce to Building a Lucrative Pet Sitting Career

My Secret Sauce to Building a Lucrative Pet Sitting Career

I realized that I had been making videos for members of the pet sitting industry for many years. Some of you may not know who I am if you’re new to the industry. So I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about me and how I was able to make millions was in the pet sitting industry, and how I became to be a coach to help others create lucrative pet sitting careers.

Flashback to 2001. I was a special education teacher teaching Down syndrome children, and I was completely unhappy in my career. As much as I loved the children, I did not feel like I was supposed to be doing this. I felt like I was trapped in the classroom all day. I wanted to be out in the fresh air, and I didn’t know what to do. I graduated from Ohio State with a special ed degree. So I had just assumed that this is what my path is supposed to be, to be a teacher.

After a heartfelt conversation with my parents where they asked me, “Colleen if you could do anything, what would it be?” And I said, “Well, I wouldn’t mind playing with dogs all day.” I said it as a joke, but it ended up being the sentence that changed my life. I decided at that moment that I was going to create a business based on my love of animals. That was how Pet Nanny started.

The problem was I knew nothing about business. Back then, I think there was like one book on the market. I read the book, and I followed the instructions, but that’s pretty much all I knew about business.

I didn’t know about business, marketing, team building, systemizing your business, and managing my finances. I spent a lot of years spinning my wheels. I did not get very far with the company. I ended up creating another job for myself, where I was working a lot.

I had clients, but non-ideal pet-sitting clients who didn’t respect me. They took advantage of me, called me all hours of the day and night. I had no free time. I’d never spent the night in my bed because I was always at my client’s houses, and it got exhausting.

To me, it was like I was maybe making a little more than I was when I was teaching, but I had no free time whatsoever. I completely lost my freedom. So at that point, I was trying to decide, do I want to do this? Or do I want to start something else? Maybe pharmaceutical sales, go back to teaching. I didn’t know.

Then again, I made the decision. I’m going to give this a go. I’m going to try to create a business that can run without me being an integral part of running it.

Create a business that can run without you being the integral part of having it run.

So I hired a business coach. I attended events, read books, and did everything. I implemented, and I got results.

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Currently, I have three managers that manage the company and a staff of 40 pet sitters that go out to take care of my client’s home. On average, we make around $75,000 a month in revenue, and I only have to work one hour a week in the business.

I started knowing absolutely nothing to get where I am today. It took me a lot of years to get to where I am today.

That’s how you will market your business, how you’re going to get new customers, how you’re going to wow your customers, and how you’re going to nurture your current customer list.

Have support. Find amazing pet sitters.

This is how you’re going to assess to make sure they’re going to be a good fit to work with your company, and it’s how you’re going to onboard them.

So by the time they’re ready to get started with your customers, they’re going to do a fantastic job.

What systems do you need in your business for it to run like a well-oiled machine? How to document them and build out your online business hub so that your business can run without you. That is how you know you have a true business.

Have the freedom to continue growing the business and doing things you love.

Guys, money is a good thing. Think about all of the things you can do and all of the charities you can commit your time to if you have extra money.

And freedom. You’re not stuck working like I was seven days a week, 365 days a year. You can have the freedom to continue growing the business on the backend. You can have the freedom to take part in hobbies that you love. Horseback riding, tennis, and paddle tennis. You like to travel. You want to work from different areas. You can do that when you build this type of business.

How many pet owners and pet lovers in your community can you impact with your amazing service?

So by you building this awesome pet sitting business, you’re going to be able to service so many more pet lovers and their furry pals and provide them with stellar pet care. And become a standout in the pet sitting industry.

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How to Overcome Fearfulness in your Pet Sitting Business

One of my past students tagged me in a pet-sitting forum. I went through this thread, and the topic was about me as a coach and if my pet sitting business programs were worth it.

Some past students had terrific things to say, while others I have never spoken to or met were saying awful rude things. They said I was arrogant, full of myself, and anything I had to offer is a waste of money.

I was taken aback for a minute. I read through the thread, closed my eyes, felt it, and I said “How does this feel? It does not feel good. I’m not going to lie.”.

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A couple of years ago, such judgment would have derailed me and have me in tears. I feared putting myself out there to start the coaching business and thinking about what people would say and if I’m good enough.

After all years of mindset work, working on my internal self and thoughts, and understanding what judgment means, I realized that I am good no matter what.

Do the internal work. Understand that not everyone will like you.

When you understand that no matter how nice, kind, and giving you are, there will be people who love you, those that are neutral to you, and those who will not like you, it is an inevitable fact. It would be best if you embraced it.

Embrace it and put yourself out into the world regardless. Understand that you are worthy.

How many pet owners can you service and take excellent care of their pets if you start working on this fear of judgment? Don’t let it hold you back.

Understand that for those people who are going to hate, let them hate. The ones who love you and are going to love your services are the people you want to attract to your business, and they are the ones you want to help.

As for the haters, wish them love, but be on your way.

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Thought Work

Using Thought Work in Your Pet Sitting Business

I love everything related to mindfulness and personal development. My college roommate used to make fun of me with all my personal development books, which helped me create a positive mindset to attract and develop the results I want and need in my life.

So I’m going to keep doing it. Every day, I pull out one of these cards to start my day when I sit on my desk. Today’s card states that “I can decide today to recalibrate my energy and commit to love and joy.” This process may not be your thing, which is okay, but it works for me.

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A couple of years ago, I stumbled across this excellent podcast called The Life Coach School by Brooke Castillo. This podcast changed my life.

The podcast took my thought work to a whole new level. It made a significant impact on me that I also sent it to my friend, Bridget Cooper, who was working in a big corporate job in Philadephia. We would both binge-listen the podcast and would have fantastic brainstorming sessions about it.

Then one day, she told me, “I’m leaving my job, and I’m going to become a life coach.”

I didn’t expect that, but I was also very excited because she’s so good at this. She went to Brooke Castillo’s Life Coach School Training, got certified from Brooke, and she now offers such fantastic value and helps so many people.

I’m going to gift you today with Bridget’s free coaching calls. Click the link below to schedule a call with Bridget and decide if life coaching is for you.

So again, check out the Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo Podcast and schedule your free coaching call with Bridget Cooper to see if life coaching can help you in your life and your business.

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My #1 Pet Sitting Business Secret

My #1 Pet Sitting Business Success Secret

Are you ready to hear my number one pet sitting business secret?

It’s something available to anyone starting a pet sitting business and was the one thing I did that really boosted my business and got me to where I am today.

So, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that at the beginning of my business journey I was pretty miserable.

Working around the clock for clients that I hated, I almost quit. In fact, I almost went into pharmaceutical sales!

After having many long conversations with my husband and my parents, I decided not to quit but to go all-in.

A business coach is like a roadmap to success

Almost miraculously, just as I’d made that decision this person stepped into my life out of nowhere.

Her name is Fabienne Fredrickson, a business coach who came to speak at a pet sitting conference in Philadelphia.

Immediately I thought. “This is who I want to work with. I want to hire this woman to teach me how to have a successful business.”

I came home and told my husband that this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to hire somebody that has the business results that I want in my life. I need someone to teach me what it was that I didn’t know.

And he said, “All right, well that sounds great. How much is it?”

I think back then the program cost $15,000 and he about had a heart attack.

I don’t blame him, he didn’t know about business coaching or business building and it was a lot of money.

Finally, after discussing it long and hard, he said, “Fine, I believe in you. I trust you. But the deal is whatever she tells you to do, that is what you have to do. Every last thing she tells you to do.”

And I did. I joined the program, I learned, I implemented, and I got results.

Back then there wasn’t a pet sitting business-specific coach so I went with a general business coach. But she taught me all about marketing, all about ideal clients, and attracting your ideal clients.

She taught me all about systems and processes and how to have a website that converts. She taught me all about automation. I listened. I learned.  And then most importantly, I took action, and in one year I increased my business by 100%. It was a big year.

The $15,000 investment was absolutely worth it.

Make an investment in your future

The key was I hired somebody that had the results in their business and in their life that I wanted, and that could show me what to do.

It gave me a shortcut to success.

And that’s my number one pet sitting business secret. Hire yourself a business coach, whether it’s pet sitting specific, pet business specific or somebody else.

So, my advice is to find somebody that you connect with. Find somebody that you trust. Find somebody to show you the way and give you a shortcut.  Without a roadmap you can spend a lot of years spinning your wheels, not making enough money, wasting your time, wasting your freedom when you should be making money, enjoying your life.

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How Life Coaching Has Impacted My Pet Sitting Business

How Life Coaching Has Impacted My Pet Sitting Business

Today’s business growth tip explores how I have used life coaching to impact my pet sitting business.

When I first learned about mindset I was taught that our thoughts create our reality. And while that’s true, it’s not quite so simple.

To begin with, I assumed if you just thought happy thoughts things would manifest and you’d be good to go.

But when life coaching came into my life, it took mindset work to a new, more powerful level that shows how you have control over the results you get in your life.

A life coaching model that made one of the biggest impacts on me was created by coach Brooke Castillo who says that all circumstances are neutral. So no matter what happens to you, you decide how you are going to think about it. It’s all up to you. You can choose a negative thought or you could choose a positive thought.

What you are thinking is going to create how you feel.

Circumstances are neutral, thoughts create your feelings, which drive your actions, which create your results.

Is what you’re thinking making you excited or is it making you anxious? Is it making you happy or is it making you sad?

Then your feelings drive your actions. How you’re feeling is what prompts action. If you’re feeling anxious, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, the action probably is going to be some form of inaction.

But if you’re thinking productive, happy, exciting thoughts, the action is going to be to complete the tasks in front of you, which will then create the result in your life.

So what does this mean for you, your life and your pet sitting business?

It means that you can create any single result that you want in your own life by being the watcher of your thoughts.

What are you thinking every day?

What are your belief systems?

So many of us have belief systems around money and what we can do with our businesses.

 

 

I see the difference in mindset approaches with many of my students and members of my Facebook community.

Let’s say I have two separate students. I give them both the same curriculum, the whole A to Z to create amazing businesses. One shows up every week. She goes to the classes, watches the videos, completes the worksheets, she implements, she asks questions, she does masterminding within the community and she gets amazing results.

Then there’s student B. They don’t watch the curriculum, they don’t show up to classes, they don’t ask questions, they don’t become part of the community and therefore they don’t get results.

What do you think is the difference between these two students? They both have the same content available to them, to give them everything they need to have a successful business.

What changes are you ready to make today?

You’ve got to learn how to manage your thoughts so that you can create amazing results in your life. Thoughts equal feelings which drive actions, which create results. I cannot tell you how much this has impacted my life and has impacted my business.

The first step in all of this is just start watching. Start watching when you feel that negative thought or you have an attack thought about something. Say, “Oh, that’s just a thought, and a positive one is also available to me and I’m going to go with that one.”

We recently added a life coach to the Pet Nanny Coaching staff because I think it’s such an important ingredient for success.  I’ve made her available to my scholars. My scholars group includes those students who are successful graduates of my Multiply Mastermind.

You change your thoughts, you change your life. If you change your thoughts, you change your feelings and change your actions and you change your results.  What changes are you ready to make today?

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Create a Container Around Your Time

This post is written at the time of COVID-19, where many of my students and pet sitters are locked inside their homes. This allows them to work on their businesses. Here is the problem: they are having a hard time creating tangible results for their business.

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Most of the time, the issue is with Parkinson’s law: Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Whatever time you allow yourself to work, you will find enough work to fill that time.

For example, if you give yourself seven days to complete a project, you will find enough work to fill that time. If you give yourself two days to work on the same project, it’s going to take you two days.

Remember, work does not only expand to fit the time. It also contracts to fit the time you allow for it. It’s best to decide how much time something is going to take.

How do you do this? By putting a container around your time.

Utilize Your Calendar

What results do you want to create by the end of the week? It’s not about watching a video or completing worksheets. It’s completing the worksheets and implementing strategies that are going to get you results. By putting a container around your time, this leads us to the next tip below…

Give Yourselves Deadlines

You can’t have loose, haphazard time parameters or it’s going to fill up that time. If you don’t give yourself a deadline for let’s say, building out a full hiring system for your company, it might take you two years to finish because you didn’t give yourself a container.

If let’s say, you give yourself two weeks for the same work, that work is going to contract and you are going to produce that result in two weeks.

The best way to grow your business is to work on your time management skills, creating a container around your time, and to utilize your calendar to complete your deadlines.

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