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  1. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoneyandChewiespal View Post
    100 by years end is only 4 to 5 dogs a month. That's not enough to pay rent. I would hope that you have at least 20 dogs a week for 50 weeks for a total of 1000 grooms for the year. Now, what percentage of that are weekly, bi- weekly, monthly and every other month grooms is another variable. Right now with those variables in place my list is roughly 350 dogs, including those that are here part time, and those that are only bath dogs. I don't include those that are one time only dogs referred by the clinic side.
    100-150 regular CLIENTS.

    If an average groom schedule is 6 weeks (variant 4-8, I'd assume), then each regular gets groomed 8.6 times per year, which works out to 860-1290 grooms in a year.

  2. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo View Post
    100-150 regular CLIENTS.

    If an average groom schedule is 6 weeks (variant 4-8, I'd assume), then each regular gets groomed 8.6 times per year, which works out to 860-1290 grooms in a year.
    I wasn't real clear. Sorry. Depending on what your overhead costs are and other operating expenses and what you need to clear to pay your taxes, insurances, and living expenses I'm not sure that 100 to 150 clients is enough. It wouldn't work for me but my circumstances are going to be quite different than yours I will guess.
    Just keep in mind, you are only limited by your willingness to work. It will be slower in the beginning but it WILL pick up as long as you stay positive and keep educating yourself.
    Good luck to you.

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    Well then it depends on all the operating costs, but I am sure the following year there would be a breakeven if costs are reasonable.

  4. #16
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    I still have my records in a spreadsheet and we had 212 pet owners through our business at least once the first year. 29 used our services 3 times in the first year, 47 used our services 4 times in the first year 59 used our services 5 times the first year and 89 used our services 6 or more times the first year. So we had pretty good returning customers. So we easily had the estimate here of 100 to 150 regulars at end of first year, good goal.

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    I am about 6 months into my new shop on my property, still want to go mobile too part time, doing both. I have 77 regulars meaning that they are scheduling ahead or have come back at least once for another appointment. So maybe I will have my goal of 150 by the end of the first year. January was a little slow but February filling up, I think that is normal I was so busy in December. I enjoy reading this board every morning with coffee before the first groom arrives. Thank you for your help and comments.

  6. #18
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    I am still in my first year of my second location. 111 customers of my original location now go to the new location and so the costs are being covered. We 119 new customers at the second location that have had at least 2 appointments. Until they come in a 2nd time I really don't count them seriously. This is keeping a bather and groomer fairly busy. But each month it is growing.

  7. #19
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    Do you keep count with your software or by hand?

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