November 12, 2023

How to save time as a pet service business owner (and make more money)


So you started a pet service business, thinking it would grant you the freedom to be your own boss and spend more time doing the things you love.

But you’ve found yourself constantly hustling and barely finding the time to get it all done.

The worst part is that the tasks you’re doing are not even the ones you actually enjoy, like spending time with pets!

Somehow, your spare time gets sucked dry by the most mundane of tasks, like chasing down clients for payment, sifting through piles of paperwork to find that missing booking confirmation, or making endless phone calls to confirm appointments.

When did your dream job turn into a nightmare?

But here’s the truth – you don’t have to be stuck in an endless loop of repetitive tasks to successfully manage your pet service business.

These tasks are non-billable, but they need to be done. And when you take on the grunt of the work, you’re selling yourself – and your customers – short

Here are ways to cut down on time when operating your pet service business – and finally get the rest you deserve.

This post is an offshoot from How To Run A Profitable Pet Services Business. Read the main post to learn everything you need to know!

Implement an efficient booking system

What’s the opposite of an efficient booking system?

Taking all client inquiries by phone and going back and forth for an appropriate time and date for the service.

Just think of all the time it takes to handle this for all of your customers!

If you’re thinking of scaling your business and hiring employees to help you out, this will only get worse.

Nowadays, a plethora of tools exist to make booking appointments available on your website – so that customers can book your pet services without having to contact you. 

But don’t forget – an efficient booking system is incomplete without the right Pricing & Booking tools. 

Develop patterns in your work

If you approach your work with pets in a strategic, planned way, you’ll become better and better at it.

For instance, if you’re scooping poop, always work in the same pattern to ensure you’re covering the whole terrain and don’t have to go back for missed spots.

For dog groomers, certain tasks can be combined – while you groom one dog, place other dogs in kennels with automated dryers so you don’t have to dry them by hand.

On top of helping you get your work done faster, developing these types of processes will ensure you’re always giving the same level of quality to every furry customer. 

Automate your customer reminders

Instead of sending emails, texts, or phone calls yourself to remind pet owners about their appointment with you, consider automating the process.

You won’t just save time – you’ll ensure every customer is accounted for and that no mistakes are made. Plus, little touches like this will go a long way in making you stand out.

It would be a shame for a customer to forget about their appointment with you and make other plans!

Work smarter, not harder

By implementing these time-saving tricks into your day, you’ll create more headspace for yourself. In turn, you’ll be able to rest and reinvest time to grow and scale your pet service business to get it where you want it to be.

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You may like our other articles:

  1. How to Scale Your Pet Services Business and Grow a Furry Empire
  2. How to Run a Profitable Pet Service Business
  3. 3 Ways To Better Handle Quoting Your Pet Services
  4. 5 Mistakes You’re Making on Your Pet Service Business Website!