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Separately, welcoming a new dog into your home and starting a business are exciting life events. When doing both of these at the same time, you’ll likely feel a mix of joy, anxiety, and excitement. To ensure that your needs, the needs of your business, and the needs of your new dog are met, being organized is key. Having a game plan is essential to success.
If you are preparing for the arrival of your new fur baby and the launch of your new business, Paws, Claws & Tails has several expert strategies that you can begin using ASAP.
Build your dog’s needs into your work day
Up until now, you’ve gotten used to the flow of your current work schedule. Whether you’ve had the same routine for five months or five years, it is easy to become accustomed to a certain way of doing things. With a new dog, and a new business, that is all going to change. While it is relatively easy to shift your work schedule to meet the demands of entrepreneurship, it is important to proactively build time into your day to care for your new dog. This is especially necessary if you’ll be welcoming a new puppy, as they need extra attention and training.
When building your new routine, schedule in the needs of your dog — this includes bathroom breaks, training breaks, walks, feeding, and playtime.
Create a safe way to leave your pup alone
One of the pros of starting a home-based business is not having to leave home very often. This means you’ll have maximum time to spend on your work, as well as your new dog.
However, you can’t realistically spend all of your time at home. At some point, you will need to meet with a client, pick up supplies, or simply stock up on daily essentials. For these unavoidable trips outside of your home, you will want to create a safe way to leave your new pup at home. From playpens to crates, there are a variety of ways to ensure that your dog doesn’t get into anything he or she shouldn’t while you’re away.
Delegate tasks to various professionals to free up more of your time
For all business owners — novice or veteran — outsourcing is one of the keys to success. Recognizing that you can’t do it all is a necessary and realistic aspect of being an entrepreneur.
When starting to raise and train a new dog, your time is even more precious. Free up more of your time by deciding what tasks you can delegate to various professionals. Rather than hiring a part-time or full-time employee, you can find talented freelancers via online job boards. Whether you need a graphic designer, a web design specialist, a virtual assistant, a mobile app developer, or a social media manager, you can outsource almost any task with little effort.
Accept that life will get chaotic from time to time
Another core piece of successfully raising a dog while starting a home-based business is having realistic expectations for how your life will look in this new phase. Some days will feel completely chaotic. Bad potty training days, malfunctioning equipment, and a messy house will feel overwhelming at times. Keep in mind that this stage is temporary. Your adorable little pup will grow up into a well-mannered dog with the right training. All of the startup tasks for your business will eventually be completed. Instead of stressing, enjoy every moment you can.
In addition to these tips, work to make your home-based business as dog-friendly as possible. Set up a dog bed and/or playpen in your home office to maximize the time you spend with the newest member of your family.
Author: Charlotte Bryan
I have been training dogs and studying their behaviour for over 10 years. I have a Certificate in Dog Psychology, Behaviour & Training. I have a particular passion for helping other dog owners. You can follow my talented Border Collie Frankie on Instagram (@BorderCollieFrankie) and on Facebook (@TheK9Superstars)