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Set Your Dog Walking Business Apart From Your Competition

Set Your Dog Walking Business Apart From Your Competition

In the Launch & Grow Program, I talk about the importance of purple cowing your dog walking business. What I mean by that is making yourself stand so far apart from your competition that you’re the only logical choice in your market.

Think of an amazing offer that’s different from others.

Now, purple cow, I did not come up with that statement that Seth Godin coined. He has a concise book; if you’re interested in reading it, you can check that out. But think about what would be amazing that you could offer that’s just different from “Hi, I’m going to come to your house and walk your dog for 30 minutes.” Think about what you could package. Think about what you could include. Think about things you could do to make your customers go; “wow, this business is awesome, and they are who I want to hire.”

Survey your audience.

After putting all of your unique ideas down on paper, you can survey your audience. You can use a tool like SurveyMonkey, or a free one is Google Forms. Shoot that out to your current customers and say, what would it include if I could wave a magic wand to do the perfect business for you? Or what would it look like?

Set Your Dog Walking Business Apart From Your Competition


List Unique Selling Propositions.

The best ideas come from the customers that you already service. Then I want you to organize everything that makes you special, everything that makes you unique, into a list. We call these your unique selling propositions, and it’s just a list of what makes your business special.

I put a lot of time and effort into my list, create your own, organize them into a list, and include that on your marketing materials. If you visit my website at pet-nanny.net and see what sets us apart, you can check out my USPs. Do not copy them, please.

People want to know why they should hire you. In my programs, I teach my students to create a premium service that attracts premium clients who will pay the premium pricing, which is a crucial step.

So, how do you purple cow your dog walking business? Survey your audience, ask for ideas, organize your unique selling propositions into a checklist and put those on your website and marketing materials.

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Work ON Your Dog Walking Business, Just Not IN it

Work ON Your Dog Walking Business, Just Not IN it

If you’ve been following me, you’ve probably heard me say a gazillion times, “Stop working in your business and start working on your business.” This was the major shift that completely changed the trajectory of my career and my life with my dog walking business, and where I learned this was the E-Myth Revisited.

It was the first business book I read that had a major impact on my life. It’s just like bells went off in my head, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, “I am doing this business thing all wrong.”

So what the E-Myth says is that entrepreneurs are people that understand that going into business is something that you do. You’re building a business that runs without you having to do the work to create the revenue and the income.

The problem is that most small business owners are technicians. They’re like myself and most of the students that I work with. We go into the pet industry because we love and adore animals and want to provide amazing pet care. But then we decide that we want to grow the business, and we don’t know how to do that because we are technicians. We’re not entrepreneurs innately, as the word would define.

So that is the big shift. You have to start thinking differently about your business. If you had a hundred different locations, you would not be able to service a hundred different locations, be the manager, be the pet sitter.

Work ON Your Dog Walking Business, Just Not IN it

 

You would have to think about your dog walking business differently in terms of creating systems and processes that are easily replicable between all locations and that it is running without you being the person that is doing all of the marketing. You’re not the person that’s doing all of the admin. You’re not the person that’s doing the pet sitting. You’re not the person doing the database, the hiring, and all of the stuff that goes into it.

Start thinking of ways to remove yourself as the bottleneck.

You have to start thinking about yourself from a place of removing yourself as that bottleneck in your dog walking business so that you can create these processes so that you’re able to grow your team and you’re able to service more customers and, therefore, make more money.

You have to get out of the technician mindset and move yourself to that entrepreneurial mindset of working on your business and not in your business. This creates freedom in your life, which makes money in your business. It’s such an important shift if you want to grow a lucrative dog walking business.

 

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The Fear Around Building Referral Partnerships

The Fear Around Building Referral Partnerships

Today I want to talk about the fear that most of us have when going out and building pet sitting business relationships with strategic alliances or referral partners.

First, a strategic Alliance is somebody that serves the same target market as you do but offers a different service. Our referral partner doesn’t necessarily have to be in the pet industry but is another business or person you have a partnership with because you guys are referring business back and forth.

This was a major hot topic in my mastermind this week because we talked all about marketing, and a piece of that is getting out from behind your computer, getting cookies, getting cupcakes, getting a pizza, getting bagels, whichever you choose, and going in and making relationships with these business owners.

pet sitting business referrals

 

When we first start talking about this, most of my students feel they’re crippled in fear, and I don’t want to discount that fear because I know I certainly felt it. My heart used to beat like crazy. I would start sweating when I would go in. But here’s the bottom line. You get to choose what this means to you.

This means some people may say, “Oh, you know what? We’re good. We already have a pet sitter that we refer, but thanks for stopping by.” Okay, great. Thank you. It doesn’t mean anything about you or your pet sitting business. It has nothing to do with your self-worth. You don’t seem to have an energetic connection with that business or with that person. That’s fine.

Then the next business you go into will be like, “Oh my gosh, you’re exactly what my clients are looking for. I would love to put out your cards. And thank you so much for the cookies, and here’s the best way to refer us.” You’re going to continue fostering that relationship with them over time. But you have to get out of the fear and do it anyhow.

One of my students this week had a big win. She had these awesome cupcakes made from her grocery with little paw prints. She went out, made awesome connections, and started getting clients.

So my homework assignment for you today is to stretch yourself. Step out of your comfort zone. Write down a list of people you would like to create relationships with and go out and meet with them. I do have a script. I don’t want you guys to overthink this or go in robotically, but if you need a script to help you, like what to say when you go out, go to messagecolleen.com and type in the word script in the messenger chat. And I’m going to shoot you over that script to give you an idea and a framework of what you can say.

Don’t make it mean anything about you if they decide they don’t want to be a referral partner with you. Some people will want to, some people won’t, and either is okay. It doesn’t mean anything about you or your pet sitting business.

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Can my Independent Contractors Wear Clothes with my Business Name and Logo

Can my Independent Contractors Wear Clothes with my Business Name and Logo?

Today, I’m answering a question from the Pet Nanny Coach community Facebook group member, who asked if her independent contractors are allowed to wear clothes with her pet sitting business name and logo on them.

Can my Independent Contractors Wear Clothes with my Business Name and Logo


The answer is absolutely not.

The reason why is because they are not classified as employees. If they were employees, then yes, you could have them wear whatever you want them to in terms of having and showcasing your pet sitting business name. You could have them use card magnets.

But if they’re independent contractors, they are independent of your company. In the eyes of the government, they are their own business and, therefore, should not in any way be affiliated with your company. They are not eligible to wear clothing with your pet sitting business name and logos on it.

I want you to be very careful with this. I do not believe that the benefit of having your sitters wear this type of clothing outweighs the risk. Trust me on this.

I’ve been through two audits. This was a very stressful subject in my life for many years. I won those audits, thankfully, but I know myself when it comes to independent contractors. So please take my advice. Don’t go down this road. The risk to your pet sitting business operations being interrupted is not worth the reward that you may get from your independent contractors wearing clothing with your business name and logo on it.


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How I get Pet Sitters Extraordinary Results in Their Businesses

How I get Pet Sitters Extraordinary Results in Their Businesses

I want to talk about how it is that I get pet sitters extraordinary results in their businesses.

I’m particular with who I work with.

I teach pet sitting business owners how to launch, grow, and multiply their businesses. I’m not teaching anybody in the pet industry. I’m teaching specifically pet sitters. I’m not teaching plumbers. I’m not teaching housekeepers.

I am a pet sitter. That is what my career is in. I’ve created amazing results with my own business. That is why I want to help other people in the same career as I am.

Business Strategy. I work from 2 proven frameworks.

I work from two proven frameworks, my Launch & Grow framework, which gets my students to 3K months. Then, we go over to my Multiply framework, which is getting my students to 10K months.

Each of the frameworks has step-by-step instructions on how they will get results. Once those frameworks are implemented, the result is 3K, and then the result is 10K or more, which compounds over time. It’s a proven step-by-step system.

I’m not just randomly hopping on calls with people saying, “Okay, try this, try that.” No. There is a specific set of instructions. There is a specific curriculum.

I provide all the tools and templates to make the process easy.

All of the emails, automation, sales, and hiring funnels, all of the manuals and systems, everything is white label so that pet sitters can take my logo off, put their logo on, and put it into action. There’s no reason for them to recreate anything.

Yes, I want them to spin my materials, but I make it nice and easy and say, “Hey, this is what I use in my business, and it works, and you can use it too.”

How I get Pet Sitters Extraordinary Results in Their Businesses


Support that includes mindset coaching.

Lastly is the support. I love my students as if they are part of my own family, and I will love them and support them in any way possible. I also like to work on their mindset, which is an added thing. I’ve learned over the years of coaching, that a lot of times, the limitations that people come up against are all in their minds.

As I said, I will love and support you if you ever become my student. Still, I’m never going to argue for your limitations because I know what is possible for you on the other side of comfort, stepping out of your comfort zone, learning new things, and implementing. I know what you can achieve. So I work a lot around mindset, digging deep into the stories that we all tell ourselves that keep us stuck.

First, I only work with pet sitters. Second, I teach from proven frameworks. Third, I give all of the tools and templates to my students to make them easy to implement. And lastly, I support them through coaching support and helping with their mindset blocks. So those are the four ways I help my students get results—specifically, a pet sitting business coach.

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Dog Walking Business Tips - How to Create a Monthly Newsletter

Dog Walking Business Tips – How to Create a Monthly Newsletter

Today, I want to talk to you about your dog walking business newsletters. When anybody goes to your website and signs up for your irresistible free offer should be included in your newsletter bucket. This is a vehicle and a way for you to stay in touch with your current customer list and all of the people on your customer prospect list.

Then, you need to pick an email autoresponder—something like MailChimp or ActiveCampaign, which my students use. Choose one, and then create a template that you will use each month. You’re going to want to include a personal message on your list.

Next, choose one of your blog articles. Something that your customer avatar will find valuable, and then you can promote your dog walking business referral partnerships and strategic alliances. It’s a way for you to support the businesses that you refer.

Dog Walking Business Tips - How to Create a Monthly Newsletter

 

I had a student in my Multiply Mastermind program who had an amazing idea this week to contact her local humane society and offer to do a highlight of one of their pets every month in their newsletter, and the humane society was thrilled. Not only is she cultivating that relationship with the strategic alliance, but she’s doing something wonderful for the pets as well.

Lastly, you always want to include a call to action for your customers to schedule service or for those who haven’t used your dog walking business yet to sign up for service.

I hope you found this helpful. Get a newsletter started. Send one every single month. Pick a set day of the month that you will send it out, whether it’s the third Thursday the first Tuesday. It doesn’t matter, but be consistent and get that out. You can delegate it to somebody, too.

If this is something that you were like, “Yes, I want to do this, but I don’t have the time,” there are people out there that will do your monthly newsletter for you. You can go to Upwork.com or Fiverr.com and find somebody there.

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The Power of Momentum

Today our topic is the power of momentum. I have been teaching pet sitting business owners how to create lucrative pet sitting careers for many years now. And the one differentiator that I see between those who can produce the results they want and those who aren’t is the ability to generate momentum for themselves.

These people figure out how to get motivated, stay motivated, persevere, and get things done even when they don’t want to. I’m here to tell you that your brain is not wired to want to get things done. Our brains are wired to keep us nice and warm and cozy in our houses to watch Netflix, eat, and search out comfort.

The Power of Momentum

 

When you start doing something new and start building your pet sitting businesses and taking action, your brain’s like, whoa, hold the phone. Hold on. Don’t do this. Go back to what you were doing before because that’s safe. The people who keep moving forward and understand that this is resistance they have to move through, and they find ways to generate that motivation. These are the people who get results in their business.

In my Multiply Mastermind program, we have a book club. This month our book was The 5 Second Rule Mel Robbins. In this book, she teaches a brain hack that you can do when you start feeling this resistance come into play.

The 5 Second Rule

She says when you start hearing that negative self-talk, and it’s saying, hey, don’t do the business building work today. Hey, don’t work out today. Hey, don’t eat that healthy food; eat something much yummier. You can count down five, four, three, two, one, go, and you have to move your body.

This is a simple brain hack that you can implement in your life to start moving through that resistance and generating that momentum so that you can create the results in your business that you want.

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Create a Meet Your Pet Sitter Automation

Create a Meet Your Pet Sitter Automation

One of the first things that I teach my students in my Launch and Grow program is the importance of creating the know, like, and trust factor with your pet sitter prospects and your customers.

People like doing business with people. In the in-home, pet sitting industry, you are going into clients’ homes, or your team of pet sitters are going into clients’ homes. These people need to fully trust you and your team before they’re going to raise their hand and say, “Yes, let’s do this.”

I have each pet sitter record a video introducing themselves.

One of the easiest ways I’ve done this when I grew my team is I have my pet sitters record a video of themselves, introducing themselves. They share why they join the Pet Nanny Team and explain what their pet care values are.

When I assign the pet sitter to a client, they receive an email with the video and a full writeup before their registration meeting. So that will immediately create the know, like, and trust factor with their assigned sitter and break the ice before the sitter even rings the doorbell for the meeting.

Create a Meet Your Pet Sitter Automation

 

Sign up for an automation tool.

You want to sign up for an automation tool like Active Campaign or MailChimp or Infusionsoft/Keap which I use. There are lots of different options out there for creating automations. We go deep into that in my multiply mastermind program. I give six of my most used automations, three of my best marketing, three of my best hiring automations in the program.

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