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    I was watching the news the other morning and they have a seqment called on the job hunt and they did one on dog grooming. Here is the link:

    http://www.foxnews.com/search-result...is-booming.htm

    Hope it works!

  • #2
    I'm really curious about why groomers experience significant slowdowns regularly if the industry is booming? I would think that no one would be slow if it were booming. Any comments?
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    • #3
      What really struck me was how the student groomers were "up in age", not your typical 20 year olds, but looks more like 50-60 year olds......

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      • #4
        Slowdown

        I guess a slowdown is better than no work at all. That's what my husband has been experiencing. We are in California and he is in construction and there is NO work. I just started grooming the last 6 months and I'm grooming everyday now. And yes, I'm one of the OLDER groomers. I started at 56. When I was at school I actually wasn't the oldest which is unusal. There was a lady there that had been laid off and she was tired of the commute to Los Angeles and started her grooming career at 62! Right out of school she got a job where she had taken her dogs to be groomed and loves it!

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        • #5
          MDM I think they are referring to the seasonal ups and downs that many people experience. I have to say I do not experience those and my business is indeed booming. I do not know what to do with all the people trying to get Fluffy groomed right now.
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          • #6
            IMHO a well run, pre booked mobile biz doesn't have the seasonal ups n downs like we did at the shop. I wasn't slow in Sept/Oct traditionally slow shop months. So far so good! Have evryone prebooked for 2010 with limited availabilty for new clients. I wish that shop clients were more apt to prebook than they are. Sure would relieve some shop owners minds
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            • #7
              I think that grooming is a good business to be in right now. Our phones are not ringing off the hook, but we have a lot of people that book out, so it isn't that big of a deal. The phone calls are just fill ins. I am guessing that when they say 'recession proof', they are comparing to other industries such as construction, restaurant, etc-you know, the ones that you don't really NEED. Grooming is somewhat of a luxury, but eventually the dog needs its hair cut-whether the owner does it, or we do it. Most people will try it once and bring the dog back to the groomer. I am lucky enough to have built up a very loyal clientele, and most of them even in tough times will always come here-even if they have to stretch it out a bit.

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              • #8
                I see tons of groomers looking for work and not many places seem to be hiring (or so it seems) I've seen a few that wrote that they had been laid off due to lack of work or similar things and are looking for anything..

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                • #9
                  I'm in my 50's and started grooming over 3 years ago now. I started my mobile business because finding a groom job in a shop was too hard. I stay booked solid and can't do everyone that request me. I have a helper in groom school, but it will take about a year before she is ready for a full load. By the time she is ready, I am hoping to have a second vehicle so that she can work full time. I see the potential for growth every day when my phone rings with new interested pet owners. My last career of 30 years took a dump and I'm grateful to have this re-creation of myself.

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                  • #10
                    Be cautious about expansion, you are only as good as your stylist working for you.

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                    • #11
                      When I was in school in the early part of 09 the age range of the students was mid twenties to my and one other guy in our early 40's. He came from the construction industry that took a dump. I have been on the job listings for groomers here in the state of TN and there are lots of places looking for groomers.

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