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  • I think I'm Burning Out!!

    Okay, lately I just feel like I've had enough. I don't know what to do. Some days I just don't want to do this anymore. I am losing my patience. I have been grooming for about 7 years in my home. I do have a girl that comes in and helps me out so much. But some days I just feel like closing and getting a part time job at a clothing store or something! I love my business and am proud of my reputation. It's not so much the people but the dogs. I am just tired. Then I have days that I think I should be building my business and feel guilty for wanting to give up.
    My friend says I should just cut my days, I work 3 during the week and Saturdays. But then I hate to turn people away! I am so confused. I have thought of hiring a bather to help me and my assistant and then letting my assistant take on more responsibility while I just run the business.
    What do you all do??? Anyone else ever feel like this???

  • #2
    Yes, I think we all have at one point or another. Now I need some more info to help you. What about groomng is getting on your nerves? Do you feel like you are overworked or not compensated enough? Not enough time at home to take care of all the things having a home entails? What kind of hours are you putting in on the days you work? When was your last vacation? Last seminar or tradeshow? Can you hire a full charge groomer? You said you already have a bather working for you, can you have her come in on your days 'off' (Like business owners ever get a real day off-ha!) and do bath dogs by herself? What kind of equipment do you have? Do you feel like you are struggling too much with the dogs?

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    • #3
      You know What I think?

      I think you need a vacation. really.don't just throw in the towel on what you've worked so hard for. whatever it takes, take a nice 2 week vacation.now i can hear you (I can't take a vacation right now) Yes you can! we do for everyone else, it sounds like it is time to do for you. forget about everything, and relax. I have groomed for a very long time, and when I start to get thoughts like you're having, I know that I am really overdue for a nice vacation. And if you think, well i don't think that's going to do it. just try. you'd be amazed sometimes at just what a real difference it makes. whenever I come back from a vaca I am completely revived and ready to go! don't worry. be happy. and have a Corona or one of those nice drinks with the umbrellas in them.

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      • #4
        Hang in there

        I have my days too! Usually it's between Tues eve and Wedn eve. Wedn is the only day I work a long full day ( 7am - 5pm). I'm exhausted on Wednesday's and Tuesday evenings I'm dreading the next day. I try to save some of my best dogs for Wedn's so it's not a completely horrible day. Working too much does burn a person out. Do you take vacations - or mini ones at least? Hiring a bather might help too. I'm going to hire my niece to help me p/t this summer - I can't wait till school is out for her (only 3 more weeks!!!!). Don't feel guilty about being burnt out. Guilt is crippling and will only make you feel worse. Sounds like you may need to slow down a bit. If you're having some dogs that are just pains in the tushes, then those I would consider cutting. I hate turning people away too, but if I was consider doing a different line of work, I would consider re-arranging my schedule a bit. Maybe do shorter days with less ornary dogs, maybe taking Saturday's off during the summer or something. If you need more me time, don't feel guilty at all about giving it to yourself. You'll regret it if you don't. Good luck - I am rooting for you!

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        • #5
          hm...take a vacation...maybe have your assistant help you with some bath only dogs (does she know how to do nails,ears,pads and proper bathing and drying and the proper brushing techniques?) maybe ask her if she would be intrested in learning how to groom? if she is then by all means if you want to show her! then you have someone who can groom the dogs to YOUR standards and be happy about it! if your still feeling bummed out after your vacation...(provided you do take one) then maybe have your assistant do more of the dogs (if she already knows how to) and hire a part time bather to help HER out...then groom only a select few dogs and this way your still grooming, but your focusing more on your business aspect, your assistant is happy and you gave another person a foot in the door to the grooming industry! id think about and try everyones suggestions...depending on how many hours you work in a day (3 days a week plus a sat)...maybe try just 4 days a week and you have weekends off? maybe every other sat you have off? everyone needs their weekends...i know i myself am still getting used to having to work weekends now that i work at the grocery store...i havent worked weekends since my 1st and 2nd job (petco and a vet doing kennel work) and even then weekends where rare! third fourth and fifth jobs where a doggy daycare, groomer and groomer! the doggy daycare was a rare saturday also...never did have to work on a sunday i dont remember ever doing so...but yes...take your weekends off once in awhile. sometimes you just need a little time to relax, let your mind wander and NOT be so focused on your business...sometimes people stress themselves out worrying over something that is perfectly fine.
          Good luck!
          Hound

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          • #6
            I went through what you are a couple of years ago. My husband and I even went so far as moving away. When I went looking for work (anything but dog grooming) I just didn't like my choices, working in retail. I ended up at a grooming shop in Cedar City, Utah. I only worked a few hours a day. I just felt comfortable doing what I knew what to do. After a short time we ended up making another move, this time to Idaho, didn't groom there. Worked in one of those "Payday loan" stores. Did that for almost 5 months. Things changed again and we ended up moving back to our old house (our kids were taking care of it). After a while I just gave up the job search and decided to call my old clients to see if they would take me back. They did, almost all of them. Of course some had found another groomer, some had died and some I didn't even call because I didn't want THEM back. Now I'm happy once again grooming at home, my clientele isn't as big as it once was so I'm not as busy. I think the time I took off helped me with my burn out. Maybe what you need is a vacation, as goldiphlox had suggested. Did me a world of good.
            "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
            Diane

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            • #7
              Thank you all for your suggestions. I never even thought of a vacation!! I did just take a mini one to New York City for a weekend. I love it there! But I was contemplating the Fourth of July week off, and now I think I will just do it. The last time I took any time off was the week of Christmas. We don't go anywhere, but maybe I will just shut the ringer off so I don't shudder when the phone rings.
              To answer some questions, I do have a good work schedule, I do Tues, Wed, Thurs or Fri and Sat. usually start at 8-9am. and try to be done by 1pm. I am now trying to take 1 Sat. a month off and that has helped. I think I am booking too many dogs instead of making people wait. I guess I feel I need to get everyone in right away. I need to stop doing that, but I get stressed when they beg! Plus I think I am losing patience with some of the dogs, pooping, peeing, struggling in the tub.
              I do have all the great tools, CV, Groomers Helper, walk-in shower, k-911 force dryer.
              My helper is awesome, she can do just about everything. I just gave her a $1 an hour raise and she was happy with that. I have talked to her about her doing the grooming, and hiring a bather. But then I dread training someone!!

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              • #8
                burnout

                take a two week vacation, step back, catch your breath.
                Take your appt book, and block off however many you want to do per day.
                Cross off all other appts. Stick to it.
                Raise your prices at least 5.00. That will weed out some.
                Take your weekends off. The world doesn't end when you quit grooming on Saturday. The people will work out another day.
                Start making people rebook. When they call and whine and want in, explain that if they had prebooked, they would have that appt that they wanted. Be polite, be firm. Don't apologize, just say, I am sorry, my next available appt is whatever. "but I need her/him done now" I am sorry, my next available appt is whatever, would you like to book it now? "I'll call back then", I am sorry, I will be booked up by then, would you like to book it now? If they call back on whatever,w anting in, gently but firmly, "I'm sorry, my next available appt is whenever (whatever plus 2 weeks, or what).
                Nearly all my clients now rebook when they pick up.
                I don't offer a discount for rebooking, but I do charge extra on dogs that are not done regularly enuf; a demat charge if they are tangled, or they get stripped down.
                you will not lose your whole clientele; you will lose a few, the ones remaining will value you more. You will gain some self respect with yourself,also. I used to be a doormat, and agonized all the time that I might upset someone. I was the one upset all the time. Now I am polite but firm. I don't get upset any more. If a client gets upset, I politely invite them to go away and find another patsy.
                Deidre

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                • #9
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                  I have been in business a little over a year now. I feel so guilty when I start feeling stressed and exhausted. I feel like I have been so blessed that I have no right to be overwhelmed. In reality we all go through times like this. Most likely if you got a job in a clothing store you would so regret your choice. Take a few days off and pamper yourself, then continue a massage once a week.

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                  • #10
                    I've been burned out for 2 months. LOL!! Seriously, I'm working 10-12 hours M-F and occasionally on Saturday when I'm to stupid to tell people NO. The past couple weeks I decided I've had enough. No more evening appointments, no more overbooking myself because little foo foo needs to be groomed so bad and pretty please it just can't wait. If people don't want to wait a week (or 2) for their appointment, they are free to go elsewhere. It got to the point where I wasn't enjoying doing what I love to do, which totally defeats the entire purpose of me having my own grooming shop.

                    AND I'm taking a vacation. Monday I leave for 5 wonderful days in VEGAS!!!

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                    • #11
                      Maybe just take the training in stages. just doing rough in or just pure shave downs for awhile. You don't need an expert overnite. Pick what would help you the most and just start with that. And if you have a great bather already let her do some of the work training a new one. Have her teach the newbi to fill her shoes as you show her how to fill yours.

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                      • #12
                        A weekend is not enough

                        Originally posted by lbboop99 View Post
                        Thank you all for your suggestions. I never even thought of a vacation!! I did just take a mini one to New York City for a weekend. I love it there! But I was contemplating the Fourth of July week off, and now I think I will just do it. The last time I took any time off was the week of Christmas. We don't go anywhere, but maybe I will just shut the ringer off so I don't shudder when the phone rings.
                        To answer some questions, I do have a good work schedule, I do Tues, Wed, Thurs or Fri and Sat. usually start at 8-9am. and try to be done by 1pm. I am now trying to take 1 Sat. a month off and that has helped. I think I am booking too many dogs instead of making people wait. I guess I feel I need to get everyone in right away. I need to stop doing that, but I get stressed when they beg! Plus I think I am losing patience with some of the dogs, pooping, peeing, struggling in the tub.
                        I do have all the great tools, CV, Groomers Helper, walk-in shower, k-911 force dryer.
                        My helper is awesome, she can do just about everything. I just gave her a $1 an hour raise and she was happy with that. I have talked to her about her doing the grooming, and hiring a bather. But then I dread training someone!!
                        wknd. isn't long enough....a real vacation. doesn't have to be an expensive one/ the big rule is no dogs on your vacation!!lol

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                        • #13
                          I'm so burned out right now too! I haven't had a vacation since August '05 and it's really kicking my butt. I usually take at least one a year, but when I found out I was pregnant, I knew I'd have to take maternity leave (which I don't consider vacation what with a new baby and recovery) so I didn't take any time for myself, now it's really catching up to me. I'm dying. Also, go away, even if it's just an hour away. I think that makes a big difference too, when you're at home, even if you turn the phone off, you're still surrounded by responsibility and you'll end up doing chores or whatever. Go to the cape for a couple days, or the Vineyard and splurge on a beach cottage. One more tip, schedule your vacation so that you have a day at home before you have to go back to work. I always hate ending my time away, but those 24 hrs back at home helps you get back in the groove.

                          I think edderland's advice is awesome! I'm doing several of her suggestions, or in the process of doing them right now. Raising my prices, which I believe you've already done recently, and setting up slots for however many appointments you can easily do each day without stress, and sticking to it like you'll explode if you take an extra dog...cause really you will eventually if you keep taking extra dogs, you will explode. lol.

                          Cheer up, it will get better, and when you get back, you'll remember why you love what you do. Going to a clothing store will get old, and fast!
                          Erin
                          No Fur, No Paws, No Service.

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                          • #14
                            A vacation is definitely in order. 1 week, 2 weeks, AT LEAST a week, but preferably more.

                            You also need an "adjustment"...in your handling of clients, that is. I know that feeling of how hard it is to turn someone away, but there is a part of me now that relishes in it. Not because I'm evil and love making people unhappy and miserable, but because it shows I am SUCCEEDING and people are pre-booking now because they have learned if they wanna get in, they'd better pre-book!

                            Once you start taking care of YOU, the dogs will get better, you'll learn to turn people away or pre-book them, and if they go, they are better off and so are you because you can't please them if you're not grooming the dogs at all!!! Write up a little form like I did that they need to poo/pee their dogs either before they arrive, or upon arrival, it really does help a LOT with that problem, and basically give them some structure. If they don't like following the "rules," they have a choice. Let them make it. You have to TEACH people how to treat you or they'll just take advantage where they can.

                            I'm telling you, if you decide the way it's going to be, and you are confident, assertive, and comfortable with your decisions, stick to it and you'll see a lot of great changes. And don't be afraid to turn away the really difficult dogs. That is one thing that I am so thankful for as far as my booked schedule goes: The naughty dogs need to be groomed "now," so the owners tend to go elsewhere, they are not really particular about who grooms their dogs as they are often not groomed as much as they need to be anyway.

                            Tammy in Utah
                            Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                            • #15
                              also about training someone...do you not want to train your current assistant or another bather? if you dont want to train another bather then have your assistant train the bather FOR you. and as for training your assistant on how to groom...well just take baby steps. start her off on doing the B/B dogs...perhaps even schedule her some of her own B/B dogs to do herself without any help from you AND she gets a percentage of it. and when she has that down pat id start with doing the feet (trimming wise) then moving on to other things...ie basic shavedowns or basic haircuts, pattern settings etc.
                              once you have that down pat then you should really be fine.
                              believe me a dollar raise to all the bathers in this industrey is like 50 dollars!
                              i only wish that the groomer who said she'd train me followed through on her word instead of bailing out on me then blaming me for it because she didnt feel like doing it anymore. basically thats the only reason why i stuck it out working with her for 8 months...i wanted desperately the training to groom...thats why i took the ****** pay...now i learned my lesson and am working somewhere where im not really happy or excited but this job isjust that. a job that gives me money to pay the bills. thats it really. nothing to get excited about.
                              ah well enjoy your vacation! would you close your shop for your vacation or just put your assistant in charge while your gone? or even give HER a paid vacation based on themin. amount of hours she works? (ie if she minimally works about 20 hrs a week and you pay her say 8 an hour...that works out to be about 160 dollars that she would get...believe me itd be a nice little treat and she would definately appreciate it even more than one would think.
                              just a thought
                              Hound

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