If you’ve never owned a business before, then the prospect of not only running, but opening a store may seem frightening and somewhat intimidating. You may not have a lot of previous experience in business ownership, but that’s okay. Most people who start a pet care franchise have never owned a business before. The gold-lining with pet franchises is that your franchisor will give you all the tools you need to run your business, but the personality and experience you bring are yours alone. Here are some things you can do to better prepare yourself and your business for a successful run.
Research the Available Tools
Your franchisor will give you a number of tools that your pet food franchise will use for daily operations. Your franchisor may also give you resources for help, information, and marketing. Depending on the pet care franchise you have joined, you will have different resources, support, and help. As your opening process moves along, research all the tools you’re given, what they do, and how you can use them. Having tools at your disposal won’t help if you don’t know what they do and learning in the middle of a crisis is a very scary thing.
Watch Others Work and Get Experience
Through the training program Splash and Dash Groomerie and Boutique offers, franchisees are able to do both. It’s important to not only hear from those who work the position, but to provide hands on experience before franchisees get in place of their own business. With all the tasks one must do in order to open a pet care franchise, experiencing it with others, lightening the learning curve, and observing others are just some of the ways to eliminate some of that anxiety and feel more comfortable in your new position.
Be Engaged and Involved
Training doesn’t do much for those who keep themselves out of it. Don’t waste any opportunities you have for beginning or further training in your industry. Ask questions during seminars, step up to try new things, volunteer for training exercises. As a franchisee and business owner, you will only get out of the training what you put in. Make the most of your time at corporate and individual locations by fully committing yourself to learning the business and the industry. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them because you never know when you may need the answer in the line of service. If you feel bashful about asking a question, consider the fact that if you are thinking it, someone else probably is too.
The pet industry is pretty much the most fun industry to take part in. Animals are more than just family, they are lifelong companions. They care about your mental state and emotions. They care about your safety. They are happy when you are happy. By providing service to pets and pet parents, you are making the world a better place. There are fewer industries that are just as much work as they are play. Fortunately, you chose one of them!