I have been reading back threads in this regard, but have a few questions.
First, the scenario:
I cannot quite pull together the funds to go it alone, but I am highly motivated to have something that is my creation to work at. So, the solution to my dilemma is to approach a vet who doesn't have a grooming department yet. I have been devising a business plan to present to the person I would meet with. It divides what I expect them to do and what I will do for the department.
~~~I would want to be considered an employee, with them paying taxes and booking my appointments, collecting money, and providing consumables and towel, tub and kennels. I would provide a lot more than the traditional grooming position seems to be where we provide our tools and skills only. I have the ability to come into the deal with a table, velocity dryer and kennel dryer, bows and bandanas, finishing sprays and biz cards, and many ideas I used at other hospital for marketing and advertising, my own health insurance and more. I would make my own schedule and make commission only thus allowing me to leave after grooming the only 2 dogs on the books. I have made a list deliniating what I would bring to the table and what they would bring to the table. I figure if I bring more up front, then I can ask for a higher percentage and pay back the relatively small investment in myself rather quickly.
I had the best experience in a mom and pop vet hospital out in Georgia for 18 months before I had to move out of state and have been dreaming of a way to get back that fortunate position I had. I have also concluded that the best way to get that is to carve one out for myself. I understand that the first 6 months will be slow, but I am fortunate enough to not have to worry overly about that.
I feel confident that I would be treated with respect because I was a CVT/LVN for years before becoming a groomer 5 years ago. So I know the lingo, the protocols, the procedures and the nuts and bolts of veterinary practises from the front to the back and everything in between. I had nothing but excellent experiences at my post in Georgia and one of the docs there was classified by many as difficult.
I personally liked working with the "reject dogs" from other groomers because I enjoy a challenge and I also charged accordingly and made good money. The easiest money in the world is a strip down on a completely sedated cat. I also love the environment of medicine and listening in and contributing to conversations about medicine and case management.
Does anyone have any advice or stories they'd like to share? Any idea of what a fair split is? I was thinking 70% 30%
I am not very interested in IC because the thought of paying my own taxes gives me heartburn. The IRS aren't forgiving of newbs making mistakes.
Oh yeah and I would clean up after myself.
Thanks so much in advance for your advice!
I wish you an easy day of good dogs, big tips and fun with co workers.