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  • It's official, MY BUSINESS IS OPEN (long)

    Hi Everyone,

    I am excited and overwhelmed at the same time, but I am jumping in with both feet and my eyes wide open. My stomach is in knots! My career transition is finally becoming a reality.

    My start date is March 1, 2007. I have my dba and sales tax permit (that's all you need here in Texas), legal arena is covered and meeting with the accountant next week. I know I have to start somewhere, so I am starting out as an In-House Groomer soon to be Mobile (I submitted my application to Wag'n Tails for my van). If I am approved, they say it will take 6-8 weeks to get my van. Please pray that they approve my application. If I am not approved, I will continue to do in-house until I am in a position to buy a van outright. I have made brochures, business cards and fliers. I have made welcome goodie packages out of chinese boxes (with paws on them), treats and toys. I have so many ideas that I am about to bust.

    Guys, look at my website at: www.poochieperfectspa.com and tell what you think. Look at my Photo Gallery and check out my work. Click on the picture and you can see the 'before' picture as well. Keep in mind, the styles are what the client requested. There are a few I wish I could have done a little different (like leaving a little more on the legs or making the beards shorter but the client did not want it). I want to know what you think about everything. I can accept criticism, bring it on!

    At my day job, work is slow and he is talking about either mandatory days off or possible lay-offs. So he is moving quicker than I expected and I am not fully ready. But I will just go with the flow and move my business in full force. Stay focus and build up my clientele. I have now been married for 9 months and just bought a new house so I can't afford to be without a paycheck.

    I have mapped out hitting all the vet clinics in my area this weekend, putting up my fliers in any windows that will allow it.

    Guys, I eat and sleep about being a mobile groomer. I know I am making my husband, family and friends sick but I don't care. I want it that much!

    Keep me in your prayers,
    LadyCee

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    Congratulations!!! I can just feel your excitement and I know that you are going to do soooo welllllll!!!! When a groomer is excited, I feel that the customers get excited and they then go on to tell their friends etc...

    Your website is really cute. I love the pawprint, I was playing with it and making swirlies! LOL

    The only picture that you might want to consider replacing with another is the 1st picture, its pretty light and kind of hard to see what you did to doggie. I couldn't help but laught at the schnauzer---what a fact and really cute too.

    Keep us up to date on your venture!!!

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    • #3
      Hi LadyCee,
      Your website is ADORABLE!!! I love it! Your excitement about starting a new mobile business is wonderful too. It sounds to me like you've done your homework so you're off to a great start. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you that your mobile van application will be approved. Keep us posted on how things are working out for you!
      Sheri

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      • #4
        Good luck and best of wishs! and congrats on getting married also!
        hope you get your van application approved!
        Good luck and Wow your clients!
        i will be looking at your website now!
        Hound

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        • #5
          wow your website is super adorable!!! the pictures are awesome!
          i love the little pawprints!
          cute cute cute!!!
          Hound

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          • #6
            Congratulations on your new business. I think that it's a great idea to begin with housecall grooming. This way you can already have clientelle prior to getting your mobile unit. I hope that you keep us informed of your progress. Wish you much success!

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            • #7
              Thanks Guys!

              Luvkitties, Cosette and HoundLover,

              Thanks for the words of encouragement. I knew if no one else in my world understand where I was coming from, I knew the folks on this board would.

              I will keep you posted.

              LadyCee

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              • #8
                congrats on your new business,i opened mine in may,your web site is really cute,and like your dear sweet yorkie,my cat rocky went missing too,it will be 3 yrs in july,i too pray someone took him in
                trish

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                • #9
                  Edited.
                  Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-25-07, 03:45 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Congrats! You're website is so cutesy-wootsey I like it! Hope they accept your app for your van and good luck either way. Keep up the cute haircuts

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                    • #11
                      Awesome web site.I bought my Wagntails Jan 21st of this year I love it.Theres plenty of room and everythings in arms reach.If you have any questions on the process feel free to ask me.If you like I can forward you the graphic ideas Jason their graphic desinger sent me.I found out after I picked out my vinyal color (I would have gotten pink if I knew they could get it)They'll try to find the color you want .Theres not a large selection of vinyal color most are shades of gray and tan.Theres apache red which I picked blue,red yellow purple,black and teal.Good luck with your loan. Robin

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                      • #12
                        Thanks to my People!

                        I appreciate all the words of encouragement from my groomer family. I spoke with Lou at Wagn' Tails yesterday, my application has been submitted and I should find out sometime next week if its a yes or no.

                        I am praying that God continues to give me favor. I have been truly blessed and I must say I am on a roll. LORD, DON'T STOP NOW!!! LOL!!!

                        I will let you guys know the minute I hear something.

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                        • #13
                          Congrates on the new business venture. I started out doing house calls mostly for pets that could not be groomed in a regular salon or for elderly folks that do not drive. I now have my business in my garage and a very large clientele. I looked at your website and it is really cute, the pics are cute, but a little hard to see, I suggest adding a colored background, the white makes a glare. Good luck with it all.
                          Sarah

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                          • #14
                            Thanks!

                            Originally posted by happy trails View Post
                            Awesome web site.I bought my Wagntails Jan 21st of this year I love it.Theres plenty of room and everythings in arms reach.If you have any questions on the process feel free to ask me.If you like I can forward you the graphic ideas Jason their graphic desinger sent me.I found out after I picked out my vinyal color (I would have gotten pink if I knew they could get it)They'll try to find the color you want .Theres not a large selection of vinyal color most are shades of gray and tan.Theres apache red which I picked blue,red yellow purple,black and teal.Good luck with your loan. Robin
                            Robin,
                            Your van looks GREAT!!!! I privileged to do a ride-along with Chris of Pooch Planet, I sold that day. I was so excited the minute I step inside her van. It was just total confirmation for me.

                            They told me I could request pink as you can see that's my signature color. As for my graphics, I am hoping that they can match business cards and website, its all the same! If I can't get the pink, I will settle for purple.

                            Keep me in your prayers, I am suppose to find out about the loan next week.

                            Cynthia

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                            • #15
                              Good Luck!!

                              Your website is awesome!! Best of luck to you.

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