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    The easiest to use, most intuitive grooming software just got better! Software Revolutions Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the next major version of our popular grooming software package, PetLinx 4. Since 2002 we’ve been constantly updating PetLinx with innovative new features designed to cut the time and money you spend on the administration of your business. Our latest version is no exception, and includes the following great enhancements:

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    Come find out what hundreds of groomers from around the world have already discovered - you can download a fully functional free 30 day demo now from www.petlinx.com. If you have any questions please call us on (213) 814-2709 or email on info@petlinx.com. Web: http://www.petlinx.com

    Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap (Press Release)

    Just when I thought I'd heard and seen it all, I learned that Mary Beth Conwell has installed a self-serve dog wash at the carwash she and her husband, Martin, own.

    The carwash is on the corner of Davis and West Thurston streets ...
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    Today I decided to post this article once again in GroomerTALK Magazine online after receiving another round of calls from business owners thinking about self-server. Usually they are not groomers. Instead they own pet stores, boutiques, feed stores or even coin-operated car washes. This article provides good general information and way to prepare a business plan for a self-service pet wash.

    The 1990's birthed a new concept for pet care, the self-service pet wash for D.I.Y. pet owners. Where did this idea come from? What are the challenges in establishing one? Where do they work best? How do you discover how to build and operate one? These are but a few of the questions asked of us by visitors here. In this section we will attempt to answer questions and lead you to sources ...

    Stephen has posted this article on behalf of its writer, Dave Grass, details below.

    Self-Serve Dog Washes are being warmly welcomed by the public in areas where they are available. And they are becoming available in more and more places all the time. It is now apparent, as people are ...
    by Published on 04-06-10 09:25 AM

    This article is posted on behalf of Mitzi Hicks, Golden Paws, long-time supporter of PetGroomer.com. www.goldenpaws.com

    Hello. Have you considered adding a pet styling academy to your grooming business? Here are a few questions to ask yourself which should help determine if operating a school is right for you:

    1. Would you like to be “unchained from your grooming tables?” How about having more time to oversee your business and to move into a less physically demanding role?
    2. Are your systems and equipment, tubs, dryers, tables already in place?
    3. Is you’re grooming income paying your overhead, electric, etc? Couldn't student tuition and other school income help boost profit?
    4. Would you enjoy having potential employees well-trained to your standards?
    5. Would you feel rewarded by training people in the art of styling and instilling future stylists with respect and professionalism for the pets and the pet styling profession?
    6. Would you enjoy taking your business to another level and having more time to enjoy it?
    7. How else can adding a school benefit to my business and myself?
    8. Would you enjoy additional income year after year?

    There are a few qualifications to make you a success as a pet styling school owner. You must have:

    1. Sincere desire to teach qualified pet stylists who have respect for the profession.
    2. Experience in the pet styling field, quality pet styling skills and a successful businessperson.
    3. Clean modern facility for your students to learn in.
    4. Financial stability.

    A pet styling school is a synergistic fit to a pet styling operation and offers the highest and best use of space, time and results. As you can imagine there are many tasks to becoming a school as well as a grooming business. What if you don’t have years to develop curricula, systems and deal with state licensing to become a school? We have a solution. You may want to become a Golden Paws School Licensee as others have.

    Some of the benefits are:

    1. Our experience! We have 4 decades of successful pet styling school operations experience.
    2. We offer developed systems and support allowing seamless integration of a Golden Paws School into an existing infrastructure.
    3. Name recognition! Golden Paws Schools offer high quality and effective pet styling curricula.
    4. We give you all the tools for success just as you will equip your students for success!
    5. As a Golden Paws Licensor we provide invaluable expertise in State Licensing.
    6. Save time. There is no need to take years to "recreate the wheel."
    7. Golden Paws has a proven successful track record with several family owned and operated schools during four decades of experience.

    We're ready to assist you. Golden Paws has developed methodology, systems, marketing, logos, brochures, lesson plans, step by step school development plan with ongoing personal support! Our proven programs provide you with a great feeling about the education you can offer without worrying about what to teach today or how the to teach a complicated subject to someone who has never groomed at all! Every lesson plan is laid out and it works! These systems, materials and support are designed for ease of use and allows you to successfully integrate the school into your existing operations.

    We want to know more about you and your goals. Let us share more about our family company and goals to create the highest quality education in pet styling. As a former stylist, salon owner, business developer and owner I can share the benefits of having a pet styling school operation whether you do it on your own or are interested in more information about licensing a Golden Paws Academy. I look forward to speaking with you.

    Sincerely, Mitzi Parrish
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    If you don't want to start a grooming business from scratch, buying an existing one may be your alternative. First of all, there are the plusses and minuses.

    The plusses are:

    Existing Customers: The customers and loyal clients of an existing business have already been developed. A well-planned transition will retain the clientele for the new owner, and thereby maintain the demand for services and cash flow from sales of services. Businesses started from scratch have much less initial cash flow. In fact it can take years to develop a similar level of clientele depending upon the size of the client base purchased with the business.

    Immediate Operation: You can start immediately. In fact you don't necessarily have to close business for a day.

    Existing Goodwill: Presumably the present owner has created goodwill for the services offered to the community it serves.

    Financial Planning: Financing may be easier to obtain because the business has a track record. In fact, new startups can heightened skepticism especially ...

    Since 2000 pet owner spending on high-end pet products has shown marked growth in the U.S. Many pet groomers that have participated in broadening their sales of upscale pet products have been pleased with the results. Where the results haven't been impressive we often find a common mistake. Simply adding upscale pet retail to a traditional grooming shop environment is not enough doesn't provide the best venue to move upscale pet retail. Luxury products, and even add-on services using premium pet care products, requires a grooming shop to rethink its image, and communicate "pet salon" and "spa."

    Personally we've helped oversee projects radically transitioning shops into pet boutiques with grooming departments. It's been a winning move for pet groomers with 10 to 20 years experience and a desire to groom less without a loss of income. Without expanded retail sales most of these owners had ...

    We have prepared a truly extensive easy-to-read Career Start Guide last updated in early 2011 which is available on PetGroomer.com at www.petgroomercd.com. It's free, you only pay shipping and handling and comes with many more features. There is a wealth of information there, some that you simply find anywhere else. Every career seeker should read this guide, and come to our GroomerTALK Message Board and ask questions from our helpful members. You can read the report online, click here.

    Here are just SOME of the topics covered:

    Industry Outlook
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Living Up to the Legacy of Being a Recession Resistant Industry
    Endless Shortage of Pet Groomers
    History of Pet Grooming
    Introduction to the Grooming Industry
    PetGroomer.com Surveys
    Who Are Groomers
    Diversity of the Industry
    Commercial Grooming Versus Show Grooming
    Dog, Cat, Exotic & Creative Grooming
    Job Positions
    Demands of Pet Grooming
    Physical Demands
    Get Your Feet Wet First
    Setting a Career Path
    Differences Between Employment and Self-Employment
    Educational Opportunities
    Start Your Educational Plan
    Selecting a Grooming School
    Questions to Help You Interview Schools
    Selecting a Home Study Program
    Other Training Programs
    Build a Library of Grooming Books & DVD's
    Scholarships and Grants
    Pet Groomer Wages
    Compensation Systems
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    Salary Wages
    Commission Wages
    Origin of Commission Wages
    Calculating Commissions
    Combining Salary, Hourly and Commission Wages
    Commission Wages Aren't Going Away
    Annual Wage Projections for Commission Groomers
    Employee Benefits
    Productivity Factors
    Independent Contractor Status Confusion
    Self-Employment Income
    How Your Area Affects Compensation
    Pet Groomer Wages Quiz
    Stages of a Pet Grooming Career
    Stage One - Initial Education
    Stage Two - Employment or Self-Employment
    Stage Three - Continuing Education
    Stage Four - Certification by a Professional Grooming Association
    Outfit a Grooming Business or Career
    Download Free Professional Planners
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    Supplier Resources
    Sharpening & Repair Resources
    Mobile Grooming Resources
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    Self-Employment Requirements
    Pet Groomers Do Write Business Plans
    Introduction to Types of Grooming Businesses
    7 Benefits of Grooming Business Plans
    Typical Startup Costs for Grooming Businesses
    Pet Grooming Franchises
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    Marketing & Advertising
    Client Relations
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    Legal & Insurance
    Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
    Future Opportunities
    Competition Grooming
    Self-Employment Advancement
    Open a School of Pet Grooming
    Expand Your Business
    Absentee Ownership
    Buying a Pet Grooming Business
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    PetGroomer.com has a List of Grooming Schools Worldwide and another version is also providerd here in the Resources Industry Directory that you are reading now. Please note that not every onsite grooming school is listed here, but the majority are. Some schools allow very limited enrollment each year. Because PetGroomer.com has huge web traffic we can sometimes swamp these very small schools with too many prospective student inquiries, so they ask us to occasionally remove their listings temporarily. If you don't see a school listed here, know this. Most US states "state license" vocational schools. Sometimes you can contact those state agencies and ask for a list of state licensed vocational grooming schools in their states.

    The choice of your grooming school couldn’t be more important. Your education is going to back a career of many years, even several decades. Grooming is how you intend to earn a living, and how you may expect to call yourself a professional.

    You've probably noticed that professionals advise the public where they received their education. Look for their diplomas and certificates hanging on the walls of their offices. Isn’t the same discerning attitude appropriate for you? Are you not going to be caring for living animals beloved by their owners? Are you not going to be operating advanced tools and machinery and to be expected to potentially groom everything tall and small in the canine world and perhaps the feline world as well? Won’t your clients expect expert styling, safety, humane treatment and proper handling? Of course, your educational choice is one of the most important decisions you will make in your career.

    “Caveat emptor” is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” That adage certainly applies. Remember that in a profession without vocational licensing in any U.S. state any and every grooming school owner has the liberty to design a curriculum for grooming totally “their way.” Therefore, we assure you that curriculums vary greatly from school to school, no two are the same. However we don’t want to scare you. Most schools are reputable, but not every program serves the needs of every new career seeker. That’s where you need to learn just what are your educational needs.

    “Caveat emptor” is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” That adage certainly applies. Remember that in a profession without vocational licensing in any U.S. state any and every grooming school owner has the liberty to design a curriculum for grooming totally “their way.” Therefore, we assure you that curriculums vary greatly from school to school, no two are the same. However we don’t want to scare you. Most schools are reputable, but not every program serves the needs of every new career seeker. That’s where you need to learn just what are your educational needs.

    If you were to ask us the most common mistake students make in selecting a school, we wouldn’t lose a beat and say, “Choosing to attend a school solely based on the reason that it is the closest one to where you live.” The odds that the curriculum right for you is in your neighborhood wouldn’t take you far in Las Vegas. Yes we have heard every excuse why someone cannot travel outside of their area to attend school for a few weeks. Fine, it is your choice and we are just giving you our best advice. We have all too often heard some remorse from students that they didn’t travel to this or that school, so there you have it. Let’s move on.

    Here’s our next best advice.

    Ensure that the institution you select is properly approved to provide pet grooming vocational education in accordance with the laws applicable within the jurisdiction where it exists. Except for a small handful of U.S. states, "vocational schools" must be “state approved” or “state licensed” by an agency of the state in which they reside. It is your responsibility to ensure your school is currently state licensed (where required by law) before you enroll in the institution. Several U.S. states require vocational schools to provide all prospective students with the name and contact information for the state agency which licenses them. You can contact that agency to ensure if the school is in good standing. Most schools outside the U.S. are not formally licensed like most U.S. vocational schools, but sometimes they are certified. The same rule applies, investigate your school’s approval where required.

    Your first step is to contact the schools of your interest and request their brochure (sometimes called a “catalog”). Thoroughly review the contents and follow-up with a site tour and interview with the institution's administration. Some U.S. states require a tour before you enroll; what does that tell you? Make it a point to tour the institution before you enroll.

    Here's another very important piece of advice.

    If several courses are offered, always take the longest course (whenever possible). As we have said before you will find that pet groomers keep learning more and more about grooming for the first several years. There are so many breeds and mixed breeds it can take some time before you had a chance to groom all the breed groups and the hundreds of different mixes. The longer your training period the more likely you will have a broad variety of experience. That experience will show down line and you will gain more confidence.

    List of questions:

    Is the institution "approved" or "licensed" as a vocational education institution? Schools outside U.S. may have an alternate form of approval or no approval may be required. Inquire with the school if they are subject to governmental approval. A few U.S. states do not license vocational education institutions.

    What is the field-related background of the institution's owner and instructors?[*]How many instructors are there per student? What is the enrollment limit per class?[*]Is the institution accredited (accreditation is not the same as state licensed)?

    Do they offer government related financial aid?

    Do they offer private financing or payment plans?

    Does the institution provide references from graduates?

    Do they provide textbooks, handouts, videos or other forms of course materials?

    Will you learn to groom multiple breed groups and various types of mixed breed pets?

    Will you learn to groom cats?

    How are the course hours divided between classroom and hands-on pet grooming?

    Is the size of the institution's pet owner clientele, and average number of daily grooming appoints, adequate to supply all enrolled students with pets to groom every school day?

    Do you have to share pets for grooming assignments with other students? If you do share pets how often can you be expected to share them?

    Does the institution offer a job placement program and statistics for their actual placement success?

    If you intend to be self-employed after graduation, will you learn pet grooming business management instruction as well as pet grooming skills?

    If you are attending from out of the area, do they offer housing assistance?

    Are you responsible to purchase a “toolkit?” What is the cost?

    What happens if you are ill and cannot attend a class?

    If you decide that grooming is not for you and you want to terminate your enrollment, are you eligible for a refund?

    If you want to add more training hours at the end of the program in which you are currently enrolled, can you add more?

    Do they provide field trips to trade shows or other extracurricular activities?

    You should have many more questions by the time you read the brochure or catalog of several schools. The differences will become self-evident. What if your training curriculum and experience is inadequate because you choose a less effective school?

    Take your decision very seriously, and we look forward to your entry into this exciting and growing industry.