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Mobile dog grooming business ? #5114276
05/24/19 08:00 AM
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Mr Nice Offline OP
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Yesterday I had a mobile dog groomer come to my house , trim nails, cut her hair short and wash (flee bath) my Schauzer Terrier for $50. I really don't have the desire to do it myself.

That got me thinking this business can make great money. Just like a landscaping business since its all cash, you work hard and build up your clientele base and stay busy year round.

Not something I would do, but for someone that can work alone and bust their butt visiting dogs, not a bad business since overhead is low. Lady had a Ford Transit with graphics advertising her business..... thats how I found her at 70 MPH on the highway. smile

Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114282
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Hard work, backbreaking.

How long did f it take? Add travel time, not much money, take off expenses, gas, insurance, initial cost of a truck, conversion, maintenance, initial purchases

Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114285
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45 minutes from start to finish.

I had to wait a week to get an appointment. She makes her schedule to do 5 dogs a day in an area, then the next day she is a few miles away in another location.

Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114294
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Originally Posted by Mr Nice
45 minutes from start to finish.

I had to wait a week to get an appointment. She makes her schedule to do 5 dogs a day in an area, then the next day she is a few miles away in another location.


Yeah I think it could be profitable depending on her business model and like you said about moving to locations. Just like how a landscape company won't make money if all of their clients require driving across town. I'm sure she does pretty well when she hits client sites that have multiple dogs.


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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114297
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Add to the above the chances of getting bit from all the dogs you don't see often enough for them to get comfortable with you doing up close and personal things to them. Every dog isn't automatically tail wagging slobbering friendly. They seem to be a viable business to the degree that every town seems to have at least one, I've noticed 2 different mobile groomers here.

Then you have the situation that made the Phoenix news a couple of months ago, a large mobile grooming business with employees had a groomer step out of the trailer to have a smoke or toke or whatever and the little dog jumped off of the table and hung himself. Hard to explain to the owners that their dog died getting a shampoo.


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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114311
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I always look to see if a mobile groomer has run a hose either from the house or to a sewer/storm drain.
The idea of a mobile groomer seems straightforward to me however, as mentioned, amortizing the capital layout by washing 4-5 dogs a day AND driving 125 miles a day doesn't seem doable.

I saw a mobil wheel straightening/refurbishing truck. Parked next to it was my neighbor's Volvo S60. She had tried to exit a parking lot where a curb had been oversprayed by blacktop sealant.....YES, all 4.

Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114316
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50 bucks???? ouch. That's really expensive.


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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Schmoe] #5114326
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Originally Posted by Schmoe
50 bucks???? ouch. That's really expensive.

Ya $35 here but I don't see how they can stay in business charging so little.


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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114328
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around here the cost is $60 for a medium-sized dog. more for a large dog. you could probably make it work with 5 dogs/day, but I would think that you might need to do more than 5.
dont forget insurance. you will inevitably injure a dog, or at least get blamed for it eventually; or you will get sued for something. my wife worked at a brick & mortar grooming store. 15-25 dogs weekdays; 30-40 on a Saturday.
one of the "regulars" was chauffered in a Mercedes for its weekly grooming. ah, to be a dog!

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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114338
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Originally Posted by Mr Nice
That got me thinking this business can make great money. Just like a landscaping business since its all cash, you work hard and build up your clientele base and stay busy year round.

Maybe, but consider the risks of being bitten and scratched by the animals, or injuring an animal and being sued by the owner.


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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Mr Nice] #5114340
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The overhead to me is actually high to me with a newish Transit and all the related equipment you are paying for.

I am used to low overhead businesses consisting of an iPhone/Verizon plan, Internet Service, MacBook Pro($1300) ever other 2-3 years, $300/yr tech accessories and that it as Cloud Application Architect.

Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Schmoe] #5114343
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Originally Posted by Schmoe
50 bucks???? ouch. That's really expensive.

Really? I don't know of any service that would be willing to drive out to my house and spend an hour there and charge less than that.



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Re: Mobile dog grooming business ? [Re: Schmoe] #5114345
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Originally Posted by Schmoe
50 bucks???? ouch. That's really expensive.


Depends where you live and how valuable your time is. I am assuming cost of living is low in OK?

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I doubt that she's getting rich. One back injury or a bad bite to her hand and she's done.


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Originally Posted by madRiver
Originally Posted by Schmoe
50 bucks???? ouch. That's really expensive.


Depends where you live and how valuable your time is. I am assuming cost of living is low in OK?



I know someone nearby with a small poodle mix that pays a lot more than that for a shampoo and trim. I think it’s closer to $80.


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