I cannot place a help
wanted ad at
www.findagroomer.com is for pet owners looking to "find a
groomer." Of course many visitors need to hire a groomer, and
well "find a groomer" too. Business owners looking to "find" a
groomer here need to place a Free Help Wanted. They are located
in the PetGroomer.com Classified Ads. Go to
and there are buttons to that section on top of nearly every
page at PetGroomer.com, even this one above.
do I advertise here?
Pet groomers looking to hire a groomer, or buy and sell anything
grooming can advertise in the
Classified Ads. If you are a vendor of any kind selling to
pet groomers you can simply place a classified ad for as little
as $18 for 3 months. However, if you want to become an
advertising sponsor of PetGroomer.com with banners and links
leading to your website we have a special page for you
here. All advertising sponsors at
minimum get a year round classified ad, upgraded listing in our
Resources Directory and links and/or banners on premium pages like the
Home Page. For the price of one display ad in just one issue of
a trade magazine you can get months of advertising here reaching
not only groomers but hundreds of thousands of persons
considering a career in grooming.
What is Grooming Business
in a Box® and who owns its website?
The owners and creators of PetGroomer.com are consultants,
authors and publishers with a strong focus on the "business
side" of grooming. Our products and services are sold in a line
of products known as Grooming Business in a Box at
www.groomingbusinessinabox.com. If you are serious about
opening or expanding or improving the performance of a pet care
business, we can help with 40+ years of field experience.
How much will I
earn as a pet groomer?
A. Wow, what a good question yet one that requires a complicated answer.
We offer the largest free career start guide online.
I am looking for
a pet grooming school. Do you know of any?
A. Please see our list of schools starting
or home study here.
Are there more
schools of pet grooming than those listed in the "Schools" section of the
PetGroomer.com Resources Directory?
Yes there are more schools of pet grooming than the ones listed in this web
site. But, few. We require that the schools we list here advise us that they are formally
approved, "licensed to operate", by an appropriate postsecondary governing
agency in their state or other jurisdiction. Several schools of grooming have yet to setup
web pages on the Internet and this compounds your efforts too.
Keep in mind that
"vocational schools" must be licensed by the state government in which they
reside with the exception of a few U.S. states. Therefore, if you don't see a school in our directory for your area or state, or
wherever your interest is, contact the agency of your state government that licenses
vocational schools. They will tell you if they have licensed any grooming schools in your
state (where licensing applies). To find the agency start by asking your state government general information center
for "the agency that licenses vocational schools." The agencies are often named
differently state-to-state. For example, in California it is the Bureau for Private
Postsecondary and Vocational Education, yet in Colorado it is the Colorado Division of
Private Occupational School, Department of Higher Education.
If you discover a school not listed here,
please help us to help others and let us know about it. Send us e-mail, thank you. We remind you to be very
careful in selecting the school you attend. To select a school simply because it is near
you could be a very poor decision. If need be, travel to the better school. Remember, you
are investing in a career of perhaps a LIFETIME. Find a way to get the best schooling you
What does it take
to become a grooming business owner? What are the laws that affect opening a grooming
A. You need to specifically read the
Building a New
Business Main Menu, but really, you also need to read ALL of the
Why don't more
groomers focus on their business talents as much as grooming talent?
A. Attitude really is everything. Behind the scenes as Webmaster of this web
site we are attending to many things we really don't care about as much as working on the
site. Like taxes, bookkeeping, business bills, contracts and lots more. But this web site
will become a major success among grooming sites because our attitude is let's get those
tasks done right and on time, and get back to the creative stuff quickly. If we don't do
the business work well, the site may not be there to help others in the future or reach as
many people either. Plus, we have to take time away from PetGroomer.com to learn more
about the rapidly changing Web, so we go back to school regularly.
The business side of
any business is so important, but perhaps not as "fun" or "creative"
as the service being sold. So what? You must be in business to make a profit and be legal,
and to help the business owner reach goals. I know hundreds of great groomers, they do
wonderful work, but they never learn the business of grooming, and "fly by the seat
of their pants" or have little to show in terms of net worth after years of
work. Pet groomers are some of the hardest work people in the pet industry, and they
deserve better prices for the most part, but if they are not business people as well you
don't get the best fees.
Regardless of what your feelings may be on vocational licensing
of pet groomers, one thing is certain about vocational licensing, look at all the
vocationally licensed in the U.S. and ALL, yes ALL, of them are top wage earners. We are
used to paying more for members of licensed professions. As a consultant, I hear
complaints and sincere requests for help from grooming business owners every day, and 99%
of the problems or needs are based in their lack of management training.
the grooming business books noted at this site, attend basic business and bookkeeping
classes at local colleges or adult education, and occasionally attend general business
seminars from groups such as CareerTracks that come in your area. It isn't
enough to have great looking
business cards. It makes a world of
difference. If your goals are to own a home, a nice car and support children from a
in grooming, YOU CAN! We did including pay for college! We could have never done it if we
had not invested in plenty of small business management
seminars and workshops, talked
with other successful business people, and read books galore on business and our field.
It's the virtue to do this that makes the really successful groomer.
Why aren't there
more apprenticeship positions available in grooming?
A. Many pet grooming business owners tell stories about training an entry-level
through full-charge grooming level and some time thereafter the newly trained groomers
quit and start their own business. Yes, it's true too. However, it shouldn't stop you from
approaching pet grooming business owners and asking. Be honest about your goals and your
intentions and you may be surprised. Honor your word and give your employer plenty, even
months, of notice before you quit under these circumstances and don't open a competitor
business. There are 6,000 dogs and cats today for every grooming business, spread out.
Honor and honesty carry into the success of any new business because the self-employed
person really is the business. How you begin you and your business' reputation is so
important to the growth of widely recognized professional in your area. You
can learn more by reading our Career
Q. I am looking for manufacturers of pet grooming
bows, and I don't know the company names of any. How can I possibly find them without
going through your hundreds of manufacturers?
A. Use our
search engine at the PetGroomer.com Resources Directory. For example, searching
"bows" would bring up listings including "Bardel Bows", a bow
manufacturer. If you only know part of a company name, such as "Pure" use it as
a keyword in your search. Searching "Pure" would uncover a listing in our
World Directory for "Pure Pet", a pet shampoo
manufacturer. We also suggest you look up products of your interest in
Online Trade Show or
Q. What about home correspondence courses in pet grooming?
A. We added a list of home
correspondence sources in April 1998 and some advisory information about this alternative
to attending a school of pet grooming. See the PetGroomer.com Resources Directory for
links to home correspondence information.
Some of the
how-to grooming books you recommend were copyrighted in 1980's. How come there aren't
A. Actually I am the editor of one grooming business book and let me share this
fact; you work for years to write a book and there is very, very little profit from it.
The grooming industry is too small to fund a bestseller, so there is a limited market. If
a book costs $35 retail, the author is lucky to see $5 profit, and often less, per copy.
Perhaps that is why more groomers didn't write books in the 1990's. They can earn a lot
more grooming pets. However, many of the books we recommend in our bookstore from the
1980's are still quite good. Pet styling doesn't change as much as hairstyling for humans.
Get the books we recommend as they still make a vital reference library for professional
you help me to sell my products for pet groomers?
A. We provide information to
pet grooming career seekers and today's professionals. We are not manufacturer
representatives. You can list your company in the
PetGroomer.com Resources Directory and it's FREE! Also, you can advertise your products in the
PetGroomer.com Classified Ads, very economical. Refer to our
Magazines and Newsletters Menu page for publications you can
advertise in. Perhaps you can have your products carried in a mail order catalog for pet
owners and pet groomers.
Q. Why don't you
have my favorite breed in your Breed Photo Album Gallery?
A. Photographs must be royalty
free, and that can be difficult to obtain. Some owners of champion purebreds are
contributing pictures of their pets here, and that is helping us to include more and more
breeds. Thank you.