How to Start a New Business While Also Caring for a New Pet

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Editor’s note: Last month we inadvertently published a draft post submitted by Guest Blogger Nick Burton. This week, we have corrected that oversight, and apologize to Nick and to our readership for the lack of proper editorial process. -ES

Bringing home a new dog is a wonderful experience. However, it’s also a lot of work. If you’re planning to welcome a pup to your home while also undertaking a major project, like starting your own business, it’s important to prepare in advance. Make sure you’re ready to commit to both of these endeavors at once—they will both require your attention and energy, so time management is critical. This guide covers some of the basics to help you prepare.

Set up the administrative parts of your business first

Getting some business logistics out of the way upfront can help free up your energy to focus on your dog once you bring them home. Get your business permits, set up your workspace, and register your business with your state. Registering your business as an LLC offers many benefits, from tax perks to more streamlined bookkeeping. Check your state’s regulations for LLC formation before moving ahead, since different jurisdictions have different rules. A business formation service can help you with how to start an LLC.

Prepare your home for your new dog family member

Once your business basics are in place, think about how to prepare your home for your pet. If you’re getting a dog, you’ll want a crate, dog bed, food and water bowls, leashes, and toys. You can find helpful pet care advice and product reviews online. Before buying items, read reviews and product recommendations from people who have already used the goods in question. You can then buy your pet care products with confidence.

Create a support network to help with your pet care—and your business

When you’re juggling a pet and a business, don’t try to do it all alone. Set up a support network that can help you care for your pup. This online vet finder from MyPet can help you find a veterinarian in your area. You may also want to hire dog walkers, sitters, and groomers. You can also get support for your business. For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration has local offices that can guide you through the startup process, like supporting you with writing a business plan and helping with issues like finding funding.

Design a regular, stable routine to benefit your dog and your workday

A stable routine is very important for new dogs. You want to make sure your pup feels at ease in their surroundings. Start by setting a strict schedule for when you take walks with them, feed them, and play with them. If you need time to focus on your business, make sure you have a doggie daycare or sitter who can spend time with your dog. Having someone around can help minimize the stress of adapting to new surroundings. A set routine can also be useful in helping you structure your workday and maintain productivity.

Make sure you’re giving your dog quality time to bond

While a pet sitter can help you integrate your dog into your new home, it’s important that you spend plenty of time with your pup too. Puppy Leaks offers tips for bonding with a dog, like engaging in play and relaxing together. You also want to help your pet socialize with others, for example by taking them to dog parks. This will help prevent anxiety and behavioral issues, like aggression towards other animals, in the big picture.

A business is sort of like a pet: It requires time and attention. If you’re going to pursue entrepreneurship while simultaneously caring for a dog, make sure you’ve got the energy to do both. The above guide provides some pointers to help you juggle both jobs.

For more tips on raising a happy and healthy dog, visit the It’s A Dog’s Life blog.

Editor: The views and opinions expressed, or links to products are solely those of the author and do not imply recommendation nor any financial interest of It’s A Dog’s Life.


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