How to Quit your Day Job to Become a Professional Dog Walker
If you want to be a dog walker, but can't figure out the best option to ditch your day job so you can get started, this post is for you! Here are some options to jump-start your dog walking career.
Start with a Side Hustle
Even if you're working full time, you can start getting a client base set up.
- Get your business set up with license, insurance, etc. Check out this post for the basics that you'll need.
- Start walking in your off hours, or offering pet sitting.
- Get your website up and running, and start advertising and networking.
- Start a wait list.
Start Part Time
If you can keep your current job but go part time so your schedule allows you to walk dogs too, this is a great option.
- Reduce your hours at your current job.
- Get a part time job somewhere new if reducing hours isn't possible.
Quit Your Job
Dive right into building your business by quitting your job and dedicating 100% of your time to your new business. I quit my full time job to start my dog walking business, but not without some planning. Here are some tips:
- Save a 6-12 month fund that will cover your monthly expenses so you won't be stressed about money while building up your client base.
- Start planning before you quit your job, so you have a solid marketing plan and know how to get started.
- Make a list of all the start up expenses you'll have for your business, so you can save ahead of time and cover those expenses.
Building a steady client base takes time, so make sure you set yourself up for success knowing it may take 6 months or more to be able to support yourself solely with your walking income.