If you’ve established your business already, it’s likely you are constantly on the lookout for how to improve yourself. Perhaps you are looking at your sales and they could be better. Perhaps you’re looking at your staff and the reviews your business has received online. Perhaps you’re just looking to train your staff further so they are better prepared for the future of the dog grooming business.
Whatever the reason is, if you are going to change your dog grooming business for the better, it doesn’t just happen at the snap of your fingers. To integrate better changes in your pet grooming business, there are a few things you must do to get the most effective benefits.
Plan Out Everything
You may consider having an end-goal to be good enough to start some sort of training program. While an end-goal is necessary, it is not the only thing that should be kept in mind if you want to better your staff. When planning to build your dog grooming business, you will want to plan for everything. All the influence in your business will have something to do with how quickly your employees and establishment grow or if they don’t. Some things to consider include:
- Location Growth
- Personal Business Growth
- Talent/Skills of Current Staff
- Geographical Location Needs
- Current Employee Understanding of Franchise
Assess Current Pet Grooming Business Numbers
Once you’ve decided all of the aspects you must pay attention to, then you must consider what their current numbers are and where you would like those numbers to go. Consider individual employee productivity. In a dog grooming business you can consider the number of dogs you see daily or the number of memberships you have per month and where you would like those numbers to go. You may also want to consider your expenditures versus income and how you may better the difference without costing quality. Assess your employees, your daily routines, and yourself in order to find how to improve.
Develop an Action Plan
Depending on the support your franchisor offers, you may consider contacting them about ongoing training or in-store training that they may be able to help you with. You may consider contacting other franchisees to see what types of training they offer their employees in their dog grooming business.
Franchisors should always go through training with you as the franchisee and they should offer some level of employee handbook, but you never know how much training must be done on your own, in your store. If you have specific things you want to train your staff to do that are not mentioned in the employee handbook, talk to your franchisor first to make sure you are able to offer the service in your store before you develop a training protocol. Your franchisor may already have something in place that you were unaware of.
Reward Your Dog Grooming Business Team for Success
As you set personal, individual, and business goals, always make sure to put a prize on the line. This little prize can make the difference between achieving your goal quickly or not at all. If you are going to offer a reward with your pet care franchise, make sure that it is equal to the amount of work being put into the task. You do not have to go crazy expensive with rewards, but if employees feel like their time is being wasted and/or they are being taken advantage of they will become angry, frustrated, and may develop less productive habits or quit. There must always be a balance between work and reward whether it’s with a bonus, a gift, or something else entirely.