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  • What's a girl to do need advice or words of encourgement from fellow groomers!

    Okay found out today that my full time job is done as of June 18th! I have been officially layed off with no chance of rehirement because they are closing my whole division! I knew it was coming "eventually" but not this soon!

    So my dilemma I have been grooming part time out of my home for almost 2 years now have a solid 60+ clientele and that's without advertising except facebook page! (Which has been great) I have been trying to build up so that I would be ready in case of this happening but like I said didn't know it would happen so soon...I have two choices go into convience store management 6 day work week 50 - 60 hours a week or do I bite the bullet and go for my dream?

    My fear is failure and debt I have a family to support...Insurance, tax ID's it seems overwhelming but I know deep down I could make it work but my fear keeps creeping up on me. Have any of you been in such a dilemma before and what did you do?

    Thanks for any help!

  • #2
    I understand where your coming from even though I'd been grooming for years I was so worried when I opened my shop almost two years ago but it's been great Has money been tight yes but I would never look back. My husband has been laid off so we've been surviving on my income.. Just set a budget and stick to it. Sounds like you have a good start. Good luck
    "I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt,
    and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." - John Steinbeck


    • #3
      Been There - Done That!

      Hey, last year in August, after having a great paying job that I had held and worked my way up in, for 5 years, I got called into the office while on my afternoon break, and was fired.
      Yeap, fired! Why, I can't tell you, and neither could they, but they paid me a settlement, made me sign a letter that said they would tie me up in court for the rest of my life if I shared the details of why I was fired with anyone, so, I decided that since I didn't do anything wrong, and I didn't want to work for a company like that, I signed the paper and got escorted off the property
      I had been grooming my 3 dogs for a few years and I liked doing it, and I love dogs, so just for the heck of it, I took the All About Dog Grooming Course and found some dogs to work on just to ease my stress. Then I decided I like grooming, so I am going to start my own home based business, on a shoestring no less
      Well, I opened the business in January and have had some great experiences and some horrible ones, some days I wonder: what the hell was I thinking? lol, then I come on here and everyone makes me feel good again. It is a leap of faith, have faith in yourself, and be determined. As someone who didn't go to "real" grooming school, if I can make it work, I am sure you can. Your facebook page is good, I get a lot of feedback on mine and people even ask for appointments on it. My phone is ringing and I am busy enough for me, for now. I am working on getting better, and faster, but I will never be doing 15 dogs a day, and I don't want to. I can make this work. You can too.
      After all, this week, the company that fired me - well 2 of the managers are bringing their dogs to me! I advertise my business in the break room there and in a few other large companies around here. I hand out business cards to anyone I meet that has dogs, I put them on bulletin boards every where, and use the local buy sell and trade publications, and Kijiji. There are many cheap and easy ways to get out there and make a go of it. If I can do it, you can do it too. Have the faith and good luck, convenience stores are only a convenience for those that don't work in them! Don't go to one, you'll hate it! Be brave and take the leap, it is well worth it to have a job you love and to feel proud of yourself for what you accomplish.

      Thanks to everyone on here who has helped me through the bad days, and laughed at the insane ones, and the ones that just shook their heads and wondered what planet I came from too. You have all been a huge help, and a few of you have renewed my faith in humanity again



      • #4
        You have 3 months to get this going , some have just been thrown to the wolves. I think you should go for it ! And never look back. And when you become ONE of the best groomers in town, remember us ! Seriously, it will be nerve wracking, scary, but you can do this. It may take putting the credit cards on ice, budgeting on everythingfor awhile, but it will be soooooooo worth it.
        ~~Everyone is entitled to my opinion!~~


        • #5
          I say follow your dream! Life's just too short to do something you really don't want to do. You already have a great start for your home biz. You can always get a part time job if you need to for awhile. Go for it!!!
          Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

          Groom on!!!


          • #6
            Thank You Thank You Thank You

            I knew I could count on all of you to tell me to go for it...My mother who takes no risk in life even told me that I should go for it..I just worry, worry worry...I have the ability, stamina and strength just needed to hear that others have done it and have been successful! I would like to be in a shop and not my home but that would just add to my financial burden right now...I will have to work up to that! I actually have two home shops in two different towns that cover a large area with no groomers available so I should be quite busy...Let's hope anyway!

            Thanks again,