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    So I live in an apartment complex who's management owns 2 other complexes in the area. All three allow dog's so there are many to be groomed. The lady that works in my complex office called me to ask if I would be interested in going to these complexes to groom at a discounted group rate. It sounds like a great idea to me. But what kind of discounted group rate do you think she is asking for? I plan on meeting with her next week to propose my ideas. I think I am going to have 1 or 2 days a month for each complex. So maybe there could be a sign up sheet in the office for these days or something like that. So now I have to figure out pricing. I do plan on plugging in somewhere at these locations so I don't have to use the generator. Any comments about this would be appreciated as always. You guys are such a huge help. You have no idea.

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    I would make sure they supply you with water also. Maybe if they are walking to you and you don't have to move all day knock $5 off your price. I am not sure what the complex has to gain off of this. You are not saving them money. I would not change your prices too much.
    If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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      That could be a logistics nightmare but if you do it sensably it should work.For example if you pick one sat a month to be at any one place you would have to stipulate that on days when you might want to come to a complex to service a customer not on the regular day but on different day that the price would be the normal rate and you would not be useing the complex's utillities.The discount would only apply on that perticular day that you are schedualled to provide the discount.
      The discount could be that the price was the going average of the local stationary shops and the amount of energy you use can be averaged out by the hour per dog which would go to the complex owner.You can make up ticket slips for each dog like a time sheet and turn it in to the office and they can bill you at the end of the month.It owuld have to be very clear that it only applys to the days your hooked up to their electric.
      You would have one sat a month to work ells where or to have off or what ever.It will take at least half a year to get established enough in these complexes to gain a monopoly on the customers.Your price would have to be very carefully worked out accordding to time because that will be your limiting factor once you have established your self.Cant be too cheap or too high.You also dont want to lose a lot of time on problem grooms that will prevent you from being able to charge a fair but profitable price to the other people.One three hour groom at a discount price would be a problem if it kept comming back every 4 weeks.
      Plus your family would have to realize your working and to go away on the days your in your own complex.That will be the hardest part if you have kids.
      Not all three complexes may work out but you have pretty good odds on at least two of them.The other problem is if some one does not come back proptly to pick up their dog and another person is waiting at your door.
      It would be a good experiment.If it does not work out you will have some who stay on even with out the discount so it would seem you wont risk too much to give it a try. If your working near a pool/play ground the summer foot traffic and noise of children will probably create some other issues so an alternate location should be found on the property before you start should you need it .
      I think it sounds really possible,you can get a wifi for your net connection and a lap top and even have access to this board while you work near home lol. That'll be productive rolf

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        I do this for a very very large complex once a month, They have actually set up an apartment that is shared between me, and a hair stylist. I took $5.00 off my regular prices and they were thrilled. The best part is that I just do light cleanup and they send in a crew to do a deep clean
        This complex is mostly seniors and it is a great advantage to them not to have to drive to the groomer or beauty salon
        "Whoever Said That Money Can't Buy Happiness Forgot About Puppies"
        Nancy

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        • #5
          To me, that sounds like a nice perk for the residents. It's easy, convenient, they don't have to take their dogs anywhere, and it's like their own "private" groomer. $5 or 10% off sounds like plenty to me.

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            Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-20-07, 01:02 AM.

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            • #7
              I do one retirement community, and a few apt. buildings. The retirement communtity is HUGE! I give them the multiple pet discount I offer. It started out 1 day a month I would go there, I picked my least busy day..wednesday. Now it's up to 2 days a month. Maybe soon I'll tighten my area and just do the retirement community. )
              I say go for it. 3 complex's? Thats a lot of customers, and no travel time, no wear and tear on the vehicle.. Yup, go for it!

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              • #8
                I give a 5% discount on three or more in one location, I tell them I am passing on the gas savings.

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                • #9
                  Neat!

                  Wow! That is so neat! I have never heard of this being done in any of the cities that I have lived. I think that the the senior center idea is really great. Thanks for sharing this!

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