Interview with Paws to the Pavement: New York Dog Walking Biz Owner
My neighbor, Katie Gamarel, runs a dog walking business. During the past year, she added two employees and rented office space. Despite the presence of what seems like a million dog walking companies in New York, not to mention a tough economy, Katie’s business flourishes.
Paws to the Pavement doesn’t have a website. Her clients come to Paws via word of mouth or find her on Facebook.
Here is what Katie had to say about starting her dog walking business . . .
1. Which online resources did you consult when you started Paws to the Pavement? Which resources were most helpful? (Legal, general business, financial, etc.)
2. Which “human” resources did you find helpful?
Both my parents are small business owners. Their advice has been the most helpful. My accountant has given me most of my financial advice.
3. Do you think you had enough information when you started out, or do you wish you had more?
I had been working in the field before I ventured out to start my own business. It gave me the experience I needed to feel confident enough to go out on my own. I would advise everyone to do that before plunging into anything independently.
4. Which aspects of your personality helped you make the transition from employee to business owner?
I really wanted to be my own boss. I enjoy communicating directly with clients and building the business that best suits their needs.
Thanks for sharing your experiences, Katie!