Business Digest for June 6, 2015
20), Waltham. Johnson Compounding's Gary Kracoff will lead an interactive discussion on why some antihistamines and anti-itch products are just suppressing symptoms, and on how to help your body heal and respond more appropriately. Space is limited.
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Naturals For Animals Publishes Article On The Real Cause Of Dog Skin Problems
In their latest article, they explained that the most important thing pet owners need to realize is that itchy, flaky smelly skin, fleas, allergies and other common health problems such as chronic eye and ear problems, are all symptoms of a problem and …
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Pet Tips: Scratching an itch
This week, Dr. Scott Shaw talks about the reasons dogs scratch, and what can be done about it. Comments. The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read …
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If you’re wondering if the entire blog has gone to the dogs lately, the answer is yes. This blog is All Dogs Go to Kevin, All the Time….through July 14th. That’s when the preorder part is over and I’m either kicking back with a bottle of champagne and planning the next book or crying inconsolably in a parking lot somewhere when I find out I sold less copies than William Hung’s newest single. I don’t want that, at all, which is why I spent so many hours
staring over my husband’s shoulder while he did all the work arranging these lovely, amazing FREE preorder incentives. You should totally, absolutely take advantage of them. Today’s treat is a vintage pawcurious favorite:
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I am huge fans of Sleepypod. I love everything they make, from the carriers to the bowls to the harnesses. Yup, I own them all, and I use them all. They have been really good to me and are offering not one but two treats for you guys- and today I’m thrilled to feature the Yummy bowl.
This has been my travel bowl of choice since I got one back in 2011, and it’s still in great shape.
This bowl has the unique All Dogs to Kevin feature of being the only incentive item that has been photographed with one of the dogs featured in the book. But aside from that, there are multiple reasons they rock:
- It’s a three part bowl- water in the bottom, food in the middle, and a cup/lid on top. We used these extensively on our trip to Seattle and they worked wonderfully- and didn’t tip, which is nothing short of miraculous, which you would know if you ever saw Koa eat.
- They are dishwasher and microwave safe
- They come in a gorgeous range of colors
- In the summer, I freeze water in the bottom before heading out for a hike, right in the bowl.
So say you’re going to order the book anyway. Just slap a second one in the cart- it’s something like $ 18 on Amazon- and get a FREE Yummy bowl (which normally goes for $ 40) and you still come out ahead! I’m thinking of ordering an extra few books myself because I want the bowl in green. Kidding! (not kidding.) Are you ready? You’re ready!
1. Preorder 2 copies of All Dogs Go to Kevin (if you want them signed, get them from Warwicks)
2. Head over to the Treats Page and select “Travel Treat”
3. Follow the instructions, including proof of purchase for 2 books
4. We’ll follow up in the coming weeks to confirm the order!
All pet sitters want to build a healthy and successful business. But as your sitting business grows, so does the stress of managing your expanding client list, schedule and income stream.
The act of putting best practices in place to help you manage your growth sounds like both a daunting and tedious task. But the truth is it’s not. There are simple tips to follow and free technology available to make the act of building a successful and scalable pet sitting business a breeze.
Your Client List
To provide the quickest and highest quality service to prospective clients, you need to know who your client is, how to reach them, and what their needs are.
Keeping all this information in a single location will pay large dividends as your customer base grows. Mobile tools these days allow you to keep all your client contact information, notes, transaction history, and payment statuses in an easily-accessible spot. Client data and access to information in the most convenient way possible will save you a tremendous amount of time, especially as your days start filling up with more and more pet visits.
Schedule & Appointments
The days of pen and paper scheduling are over!
Keep an organized daily, weekly, and monthly calendar in place that’s easily accessible and able to be updated on the fly. Appointment details constantly change, so give yourself a digital tool that allows for easy edits and updates. Not to mention, new clients reach out to you at random times throughout the course of the day, so put convenient systems in place to efficiently field these appointment requests and add them to your calendar without having to play phone tag.
Make sure your clients stay organized too! That means automating and customizing notifications and reminders sent to clients about upcoming sits or sessions. This will ensure your clients are always on the same page, and will ‘professional and politely’ remind them of upcoming appointments with you, so you’re never left hanging.
Everyone likes getting paid. The trick is to ensure no payment ever slips through the cracks.
Protect yourself before walking into any sit. Ask clients to put their card down to reserve appointments ahead of time. This will not only reduce flaky clients and last minute cancellations, but will professionally demonstrate to your clients that your time is valuable. Not mention, your entire payment process is streamlined once your appointment is complete – say farewell to those awkward “How much do I owe you?” conversations…Simply charge your clients as you’re walking out the door, and move on to your next appointment.
If you still prefer to invoice, then make sure no invoices are ever left hanging. Part of this is setting up a simple monitoring system to enable you to get notified with each invoice that has been paid. Then give yourself an easy dashboard to keep yourself up to date on any invoices still outstanding. This will also give you a sense as to who your best clients are (and even who your worst ones are).
Putting these Practices into Reality
The question now becomes how to implement these tips in the easiest and least disruptive way possible.
Good news! There are now tools out there that help solo professionals run their business from their phone. The key is to find the tools that are simple, that are affordable, and that move with you wherever you go – mobile. The more a single app does, the easier your life becomes.
As you start growing and winning more business, you’ll be able to bring these clients on in the most efficient way possible, maintaining your ability to serve them well – all the while making your day-to-day a lot less stressful.
More about the author:
Sam Madden: Sam Madden is the co-founder of PocketSuite, the first mobile business tool for independent professionals and solopreneurs. Sam spent most of his career researching and investing in business technology for small and medium sized businesses. He has since shifted all of his focus to build great technologies like PocketSuite to help eager and independent professionals succeed. You can read more about Sam’s mission on Entrepreneur Magazine.
Most golden retrievers don’t have any black hairs on them, but sometimes, they experience somatic mutations that allow black pigment to appear on their fur.
It’s not heritable, but you can get some weird black hairs in a purebred golden retriever.
Flea For Y'all
ASHEVILLE, N.C. –For the first time in Asheville locals seeking out antiques and pickers from around the region have begun gathering near the French Broad river for a one of a kind market. Sunday is the opening day for the Asheville Flea For Y'all …
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Garden City Flea Circus celebrates animals
The Garden City Flea Circus is a pet adoption and awareness event where more than a dozen local pet rescue organizations will be on site with their beloved creatures which are looking for a new “fur-ever” home. Participating rescues include Dog Aide, …
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Chappaqua Flea and Farmers' Market Come Together this Saturday
The Chappaqua Flea joins the Farmer's Market again on Saturday, June 20th from 9am-1pm with even more vendors! The Chappaqua Flea is a curated, outdoor market featuring vendors who sell everything from vintage finds, furniture, antiques, jewelry, …
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Summer means lots of fun for Fidos–but it also means anxiety for many dogs due to thunderstorms, fireworks, summer parties, and other stress factors. In late summer, separation anxiety often…
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It’s June. Summer. Hurricanes for those along hurricane-prone areas. A time for high temperatures. And a new set of books from the Bible to read. This month, I will be reading from the following: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther To be honest, I have really come to love and enjoy the Legacy Reading Bible plan, that…
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Picking the right dog food for your pet can be a daunting task! Just walking into a pet store and gazing up and down countless aisles of food can give a pet owner the “heebie-jeebies”. That’s probably why most people pick one food and stick with it. It’s just too hard for the lay person to know which food is best.Knowing that a friend, relative, or neighbor feeds one type of food, or looking at a healthy coat in an active dog at a dog park may sway anyone to pick the same brand or type. In reality each individual dog may fare better with one type or another of dog food. As the saying goes, “one man’s meat may be another man’s poison.” In the case of pets that means that certain ingredients are tolerated better by different dogs.
Heavy dogs need less fat and less carboydrates in the diet. That translates to leaner pieces of chicken or beef that you are sharing, and less of those carbohydrate laden biscuits. The extra fat and extra carbs just add extra calories that they need to burn off! I always remind my clients to feed baby carrots, small pieces of lean meat, chicken jerky, freeze dried raw fish or other veggies and fruit or high protein/ low fat treats.
Allergic or itchy dogs need a limited ingredient diet that does not include common allergens like wheat, beef, barley, and chicken. Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance, Merricks, Fromms, Halo, and Evanger have a great assrtment of “grain free” limited diet dog foods that may help dogs with chronic itchiness, ear infections, or diarrhea (stomach upset and seizures too.) Good choices for the allergic type are salmon/sweet potato, rabbit/ potato, duck/potato, and venison/ potato.
I’ve always tried to feed my dogs a combination of quality dog food, healthy human food, healthy omega oils, raw food, and homecooked dog food. I pick foods with a higher protein and lower carb percentage ( protein>30%, carbohydrates< 40%, dry food and protein> 8%, carbohydrates< 10% canned food) and avoid wheat, barley, and beef.(Some dogs are allergic to chicken and tolerate beef!) I add fish oil and sardines frequently along with my own home cooking! I usually feed canned food, raw food, and home cooked food because I think moisture in food is real important and helps prevent medical problems.
For more information on the best dog food for your dog , check out Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet.