Hey pet sitters and dog walkers:

Yesterday I went out to my mailbox and the Dogster magazine was in there. When I opened the magazine, I saw this:

 

This is especially exciting because this book was an obsession in my head for over a year and then it took a year to write it! Happy to see it’s one of Dogster’s obsessions too.

You can get the paperback book wherever you buy your books online or click to get the 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking eBook delivered to you immediately from the Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy website. Happy reading!

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Are you signed up yet for the 2018 Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference?

This is a free online event that you can attend from wherever you are in the world. All are welcome!

Transform your pet business by attending this year’s free online pet business conference. You’ll gain access to expert tools and techniques and learn from industry experts. This year’s conference contains 25 top experts who provide their insider knowledge in these strategy-packed conference segments.

This is an event that brings together pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, pet groomers, dog daycare owners and many other pet-service providers from all over the world to receive fresh inspiration to grow their pet businesses in an all-new way – and those just thinking about starting a pet business will find helpful guidance, too!

This year’s conference is different from all the rest because we’ve curated the top selection of speakers from the past four years — including more speakers than we’ve ever offered before at prior conferences.

These 25 experts who received the most rave reviews in years past will bring their wisdom and their “hot topic” pet business segments for this year’s event.

The focus of the conference is business success – and it doesn’t stop there!

We’ll also be providing tips and tools for your body, mind, and spirit so you can completely transform your business and your life at the same time. Prepare to be amazed.

Need more information and want to sign up now? Click here to find out more and to sign up now for the 2018 Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference.

FAQ:

Date:

Where is the conference located? It’s a virtual event so it’s located in your home, car or office – wherever you want to view the conference speakers!

How long has this pet business conference been happening? This will be our fifth consecutive year of offering this free online pet business conference!

Okay, so I realize I can watch it from my home or office but how do I actually attend the conference? And will I be able to access the speakers from wherever I am in the world? Yes, because it’s a virtual, online conference, so you can attend from wherever you are in the world. When you sign up for the conference, you’ll receive daily conference videos via email from us between the two-week conference period (September 12 – 25, 2018). Each daily conference email from us contains 1-3 conference speakers. There are 25 conference speakers and a total of 28 videos that you’ll receive over a period of two weeks.

What if I can’t make some (or all) of the conference dates? You’ll have access to each day’s video selection for a total of 24 hours to watch the daily videos that you receive from us. If you need or want unlimited, lifetime access to the videos, you can purchase the conference video package for a low price.

How much is the conference? It’s free for 24 hour viewing to each daily speaker selection. But if you want unlimited, lifetime viewing so you can watch whenever you want in the future, you can purchase the speaker package for a low price. 

Sounds great! How do I sign up? Signing up is easy! Just click this link to sign up now.

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Hi pet sitters and dog walkers!

My new book is done and almost here! The paperback version of the book will be available on Amazon and the eBook will be available on my website in July 2018. You can pre-order the eBook now and you’ll get it hot off the press in July!

It’s over 300 pages of real life stories, step-by-step guidance and action steps to keep you on track.

Here’s the link to find out more about the 30 Days To Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business book.

Readers and different pet business organizations are giving it rave reviews and I think you’ll like it too!

You can read the book reviews here.

I think you’re going to like it. But don’t just take my word for it – check out the reviews. 🙂

 

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Hello pet sitters and dog walkers,

I’m so excited: The fourth annual Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference is coming!

If you aren’t familiar with this online pet business conference, you are in for a treat. It’s a worldwide conference that you can attend from your home or office (or home office!) You’ll have 24 hours to watch each speaker video and if you miss any of the videos you can purchase the video package for a very low price and get unlimited viewing so you can watch, listen and learn whenever you like.

The speakers that are speaking this year…wow. Just wow. You are going to get so much from each one of the pet business and life management experts. (We include life management because, well, you want to have a life in addition to your pet business, right?) We are excited to help you create a pet business and a life.

Our speakers include Wayne Pacelle (CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and recent guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday), Andrea Arden (Today Show pet expert), Victoria Stilwell (Animal Planet host), Ian Dunbar (top dog trainer, author and TED speaker) plus so many more including me.

If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up here for the pet sitting conference

And if you have already signed up, I’ll see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Owning a business (especially a pet business) can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life and can also be among the most challenging experiences.

I often tell my new pet sitting coaching clients who are experiencing growth spurts or dry income times that owning a pet business has the power to bring us to to our knees in pain and to create some of the greatest joy depending upon the day (and sometimes the hour!)

A business is like a living, breathing entity in the way that it shifts and changes and rarely stays the same. There are often challenges to deal with (even after 18 years of owning my pet business I was still surprised by some of the odd things that would happen in regards to a pet, home, client or staff member). If you’ve owned your pet business for many years you know exactly what I mean.

 

Because it can be challenging it can be helpful to see your business as a spiritual teacher. I’ll be the first to admit it: besides my close relationships, owning a business has been my greatest teacher.
And I don’t mean great as in, “You are a great teacher. You deserve an apple, teach!” Nope. I mean great as in, “Whoa, you are a tough teacher! I’m really learning here. I’m even learning what I’m resistant to learning. Oy!” 

 

Here’s why owning a pet business can be your most powerful spiritual teacher:

 

You never know what is going to happen in your pet business. Right?! 
Not knowing what’s going to happen can help you cultivate acceptance. But only if you relax and surrender to not knowing what’s going to be coming your way. If you are internally or externally fighting against not knowing that will make you bat sh*t crazy. And miserable. So you might as well groove into acceptance. And your pet business will give you lots of opportunity to practice acceptance because you. literally. never. know. what’s. going. to. happen. (It’s enough to make you crazy but remember: pet business is one of the greatest spiritual teachers and many would even consider it to be their greatest teacher. And spiritual teachers -the good ones anyway- kick your butt into shape in order to make you into a better human being. And we can use some better human beings on the planet right now. So thank you.

 

You have to learn to trust. Oy!
Yes, trust. But here’s the bizarre paradox: trust is super hard for the control freaks that are often the very ones most drawn to self employment. (You know who you are.) I’m one too and I write this from experience. Ahem. So… it’s a set up for disaster because here’s the deal: the control freak starts a pet business thinking they get to control their domain (and they do–to a point) but once they get clients, pets and staff members then that control often goes out the window (much to the pet business owner’s dismay). That lack of control sucks, yes. But it’s a great opportunity to practice trust.

 

Self employed people have to trust that the calls and emails from new clients will come in to keep the business going going (of course, the marketing has to be done to get them but once that’s done, it’s about trust, baby.) If hiring has happened, trust needs to be given to that staff member (after you’ve done a good job vetting them of course).

 

Then there’s the trust that’s needed in yourself that you’ll be able to handle the endless odd situations and circumstances that come with you caring for hundreds (if not thousands) of pets and homes. It’s a numbers game, folks. When you are dealing with that many pets, humans and (if you are a pet sitter) homes, then strange things are bound to happen. Trust that you can deal with whatever arises. Because you can and you will.

 

Patience is a virtue (and most pet business owners need to cultivate it).
It’s not just self employed people but so many people want things to happen right here, right now. We’ve lost the art of patience and our pet businesses can help us gain it back. Aren’t we lucky?

 

There are countless ways to cultivate patience in a pet business so don’t worry, you’ll have lots of opportunity to work on this one.

 

Here are just a few ways: dealing with a neurotic client who goes on and on about her Fido, trying to pill the kitty Fluffy who is hissing at you from the top of the fridge, hearing a client’s dog piercing bark (and bark and bark) on the way to the dog park, when said barking dog eats your seat belt or poops in your car, when you’ve forgotten your poop bags. Oy, oy, oy. The list goes on. Patience is one of the highest spiritual qualities and lucky you, you’ve got a wealth of opportunity to practice it in your pet business (and if you resist patience, that resistance will make you bat sh*t crazy. Patience is a bit like acceptance in that way).

 

Lovingkindness (it’s not for sissies).
This can only be learned through the daily practice of lovingkindness for self and for clients (pets and human). However, the only way some can begin to even practice lovingkindness is through noticing when its opposite pops up: hatefulmeanness. Some of us are pretty skillful at hatefulmeanness (to ourselves if not others) and if so, it’s often a big stretch to go immediately to practicing lovingkindness. Some of you who are super adept at hatefulmeanness might need to step toward cranky or bitchy and then go to neutral before you can make the big leap to lovingkindness. The public can be challenging to deal with, cranky staff can be tough to deal with, house alarms going off at 2am can be tough to deal with – it’s all an opportunity to go toward love rather than anger or fear (fear is what’s often under anger).

 

Meditation can set you free. (In your pet business and in other areas.)
Regardless of what you call it: prayer, meditation, mindfulness – it’s all good. And practicing it (whatever the “it” is for you) will help you deal with your greatest spiritual teacher.

 

Try this: practice five minutes of meditation every morning. That’s it. Just five little minutes. Don’t go all guru on me but simply set the timer and breathe in and out and watch your thoughts as they arise. Really that’s you need to do to begin to untangle the resistance that will inevitably arise when you own a pet business. Soon you will be beaming like a light bulb and will feel ommmm-tastic while you run your pet business like the Buddha that you are.

 

 

About the author:

Kristin Morrison started her pet care company in 1995 and it grew to be one of the largest pet care companies in the United States before she sold it in 2013. Kristin assists thousands of pet business owners from across the United States, Canada, UK and Australia to create profitable businesses and empowered lives. Kristin is a nationally recognized speaker and has taught workshops at pet business conferences around the country.

 

Kristin is the founder of Six-Figure Pet Business Academy and Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy and the author of three books: Prosperous Pet Business: Interviews With The Experts – Volume One, Six-Figure Pet Sitting and Six-Figure Pet Business. Her podcast “Prosperous Pet Business” can be heard on iTunes or on the Prosperous Pet Business website.  Kristin enjoys making business easy, fun and (very!) lucrative for pet business owners. You can find her at: www.SixFigurePetSittingAcademy.com

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The book and pet photo contest is here! Post a picture of your pet and one of my 3 books (Six-Figure Pet Sitting, Six-Figure Pet Business or Prosperous Pet Business) and you could win big prizes including business coaching, webinars and hiring tools to help you hire great people!

Post your photo of a pet and my book on Facebook or Instagram and tag me so I can see the picture and enter yours in the contest.

The most important thing? Have fun taking your picture!

 

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Hi pet sitters and dog walkers,

It’s so fun to get love letter emails like this from my pet business coaching clients and readers of my books. I wanted to share it with you thinking it may be the ray of hope that you might need if are feeling stuck in a rut and hopeless about things ever changing in your pet business. (I asked her for permission to share this email she sent.) The leap of success she made in 2016 didn’t come from her wishing it to happen. It came from her opening to what is possible and then crafting a plan to make it happen and going for it! You can too.

Want to share your own pet sitting success story? Share it with me here or create your own with pet sitting coaching or the books Six-Figure Pet Sitting or Prosperous Pet Business: Volume One.

I’d love to help you look back on 2017 having completely transformed your pet sitting and dog walking business from where it is now to where you want it to be.

 

 

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My dear pet sitters and dog walkers,

In the past few months I’ve been contacted by so many pet sitting and dog walking coaching clients who are more than a bit freaked out about the amount of competition in their various cities from the “hobby pet sitters” who are on Rover, Care or Dog Vacay or the neighborhood kid who charges next to nothing to feed the animals and walk the dogs.

Are you one of those pet sitters who is feeling concern?

I have two words for you if you are feeling anxious about this:

Don’t worry. 

Don’t worry because at some point the neighborhood kid is going to leave the client’s door open and the dog or cat will escape. At some point the hobby pet sitter will stop pet sitting because it’s a hobby for them and not their passion or livelihood. And don’t worry because at some point the dog may eat the sofa while on the neighborhood kid’s watch. And the clients (who love their sofa nearly as much as their dog) will freak out because the person they hired does not have insurance to cover their beloved sofa.

Don’t worry. Keep the focus on your business and continue to do a great job and to provide the best level of care you possibly can for your clients. Soon, word of you and how great your service will spread like wildfire across your town. And your existing clients will keep coming back (and be willing to charge whatever it is you are charging them). Most clients who are worth taking on realize something very important when it comes to professional pet sitting: Peace of mind is priceless.

Go get ’em, tiger!

PS–I am aware that there are also a number of incredible part-time and full time pet sitters and dog walkers who advertise their services on the big sites and this post is in no way meant to discredit them and the wonderful work they are doing for their human and animal clients. 🙂

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Facebook Conference Ad 2016Pet sitters and dog walkers: The 2016 Pet Sitting Conference is starting on September 28, 2016!

The Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference is a FREE pet sitting conference and there will be great speakers including Ian Dunbar, Victoria Stilwell, and Beth Stultz (from Pet Sitters International).

Watch, listen and learn from your home office or listen while you are out on a dog walking job or driving to a pet sitting client.

Click to find out more and to sign up for the pet sitting conference.

 

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Best Correct Instagram ImageI’ve had a few of you let me know that you missed the Instagram for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers webinar I did last week. If you are one of those folks or if you are interested in growing your pet sitting or dog walking business using Instagram, I’ve got good news!

The Instagram For Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers webinar recording is now available for only $20. You’ll discover how to find and get clients using the Instagram platform (it’s easy!) and the recording also comes with a Instagram tips and tools booklet that was created especially for pet sitters and dog walkers.

Instagram is the hottest social media site today (yes, even more than Facebook) so if you want or need more clients for your pet sitting or dog walking business, you’ll want to be marketing on Instagram. It’s fun, easy and free!

Click for more information on the webinar recording How to Grow Your Pet Business Using Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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