Pet grooming is not just a job, it can be a whole lifestyle if you so choose. There is a large community of resources and events that cater to animals and pet owners, providing you with not just a client base, but also a place to socialize and make connections. No matter where you live, there are likely to be pet-friendly events to attend.
If you are not sure where to look to find this information out, make sure to check these sources out. Your local SPCA or animal shelter will be a number one source for animal-friendly events and fundraisers. Also, making connections with local veterinarian offices can be a boon to your contacts and your pet grooming business.
Pet Grooming Competitions
Pet grooming competitions can be a great way to introduce you to the community and get involved. Networking is fairly common at these events, so don’t be afraid to get out there and mix it up. You can meet fellow groomers and get great tips and advice, as well as showing off your work to prospective clients. If you intend to be at an event where you will be looking for new clients, don’t forget to bring business cards with your name and number on them.
If there are no grooming competitions or dog shows in your area, you may want to start one. Talk to other groomers and see if they would be interested in working on developing or participating in such an event. Look for sponsors, such as local pet stores to help offer prizes or donations. They will probably be willing to help out in return for the ability to advertise at the event.