A Dog Groomers Guide to Working Alone

 

Dog Groomer

Many dog groomers work alone, as mobile groomers, in purpose built salon units or from home. Here is our bullet point guide for solo groomers to stay safe, happy and productive when working alone:

  • Consider consultations before all new grooms – larger dogs may be difficult if working alone, so you may want to vet the client suitably before taking on a new dog.
  • Define a workspace – try to keep your home and work life separate (vital if you work from home). Try not to accept clients after work hours, and if possible have a separate work phone you can turn off at the end of the day.
  • Keep your mobile charged and on your person at all times. You should also keep a spare charger somewhere in the salon, as smart phones can lose battery life quickly.
  • Lock all doors when you are grooming so new customers have to be let in. this means you will always be aware if someone is in your salon, even if the blaster is going full speed.
  • Be assertive and purposeful if ever confronted by an unhappy client.  Speak slowly, clearly and be aware of body language.
  • Consider installing a panic button or emergency alert if you feel vulnerable.
  • Have a radio in the salon to keep you company (be mindful of licencing laws however if the radio can be heard throughout the public areas of the salon).
  • Give yourself breaks – ensure you have a lunch break, and if possible schedule 15-minute breaks between clients. This will allow you to have a breather or time to fix any admin.
  • Stay sociable. Meet up with other groomers regularly through events, seminars or competitions. Our Festival of Grooming event, for example, is the ideal place to meet up with other groomers and discuss the industry, network and learn new skills.

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