MergerPlace

Successful Dog Walking Services Business

Washington (King)


  • Asking Price: $210,000
  • Gross Income: $360,182
  • Cash Flow: $112,809
  • Real Estate: Not Disclosed
  • Inventory: Not Disclosed
  • FF&E: $1,000
  • Listing ID: #212409
  • Established: 2012
  • Employees: 11 FT / 7 PT

Business Description

This is one of Seattle's oldest professional pet sitting and dog walking business serving the greater Seattle area. The business has a large team of dedicated and trustworthy pet experts providing reliable, compassionate pet care tailored to each pets' needs. What sets this business apart is that clients' pets receive individualized care, they are not taken on "group walks" with other dogs unknown to them or their owner. This low overhead, home-based business has you travel to where the clients are and spending time with your furry friends. Clients include dogs, cats, birds, fish and other small pets. The user-friendly website has the capability for clients to easily book appointments and make payments with the pet-sitter software business tool on smart devices.


Business Details

Primary Business Category: Services - Other Services
Location: Washington
County: King

Company Information

Year Established: 2012
Home Based: Yes
Franchise: No
Relocatable: Yes
Number of Employees: 11 FT / 7 PT

Financial Information

Asking Price: $210,000
Gross Revenue: $360,182
Cash Flow: $112,809
FF&E: $1,000
Seller Financing Available: No

Property Information

Facilities:

This is a home-based business so there are no facilities.

Growth & expansion opportunities:

There is much room to grow this business. There is so much demand that hiring additional dog walkers and pet sitters would easily increase capacity. Sending press releases to your local media announcing new employees, new services offered, significant business anniversary dates and special events. Developing relationships with local veterinary facilities and pet stores, who may recommend your services, posting flyers or postcards in related businesses and community boards, joining online neighborhoods, such as, “NextDoor”, advertising on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, donating services to local charity auction to gain additional exposure, asking current clients for referrals and/or positive reviews on the online directories. Have employees wear branded clothing while walking dogs.

Competition:

There are other competing dog walking and pet sitting companies in the greater Seattle area. The business was selected for “People Love Us on Yelp” Award recipient 2017. In addition, this business was selected by Expertise 2017-2019 as one of the top 20 dog walking companies in Seattle using criteria based on reputation, expertise, credibility, availability and professionalism. Those entering the professional pet-sitting industry face more competition—from both fellow professionals and hobbyists. Professional pet sitters need to focus on personalized services and superior customer care to stand out in the growing industry. To provide improved business processes and to meet the demands of clients, Professional pet sitters continue to keep pace with newer and newer technology for their business needs and client convenience. A recent report by research firm Packaged Facts highlighted consumers’ increased use of digital devices to engage with service providers. Pet Sitters International predicts this trend will extend to the professional pet-sitting industry as business owners look for new ways to connect with local pet owners and “humanize” their pet-care businesses. The professional pet-sitting industry will see an increased focus on credentials and certification as the industry continues to search for simple ways for pet owners to distinguish between professional pet sitters and hobbyists/non-professional competition. Each contractor with with this business is subject to a background check as part of the hiring process which is a marketing benefit as well as good business practice for client protection and security. This business is a member of Pet Sitters International and “Background Check Status” can be verified at any time. The business is also licensed and bonded. Americans own more pets today than at any other time in history. Consequently, pet owners spend nearly $70.0 billion a year on pet-related goods and services, according to the American Pet Association. This expense includes the Dog Walking Services industry, which primarily comprises dog walking and pet sitting services. Higher pet ownership and increased pet spending have largely supported the industry's expansion over the five years to 2018. Overall, industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualized rate of 5.2%. Pet owners today understand the benefits of having their pets taken care of in the comfort of their home when the only reasonable alternative is expensive boarding. Considering the comfort of the pet, regular feeding and exercise schedules, avoiding disease exposure and home security/safety when someone is regularly at the home while the homeowner is on vacation or away for extended hours motivate the pet owner to seek a professional but personalized pet service. The innovations and use of technology for professional pet sitters will continue to evolve, predicts by Pet Sitter International. A recent report by research firm Packaged Facts highlighted consumers’ increased use of digital devices. This trend will especially apply to the professional pet-sitting industry as business owners look for new ways to connect with local pet owners and “humanize” their pet-care businesses. There will, also, be an increased focus on credentials and certification as the industry continues to grow. The need to distinguish between professional pet sitters and hobbyists/non-professionals calling themselves “pet sitters” is essential as more news stories exposing pet-sitting tragedies caused by untrained and unprofessional hobbyists arise. Seattle is a booming city with more people and pets moving here than ever before. According to U.S. Census data from 2011, there are about 153,000 dogs in the city. The Seattle Times showed that Seattle-ites have more dogs than children (roughly 75% have pets.). Forbes Magazine examined pet friendly rentals in the top 25 markets and determined that Seattle’s pet friendly rental market is the second best in the US.Seattle is the eighth pet-friendliest city in the nation. Seattle has many off-leash dog parks; 14 off leash areas just inside the city and 10 or so in the surrounding areas. Many Seattle restaurants allow you to dine with your dog on the patio and some let your dog dine inside too. Seattle is surrounded by many dog friendly trails, with 4 large wooded city parks that are great for urban hiking. Dogs can even ride the city bus.

Reason for selling:

Owner is seeking a career change.

Support & Training:

Will train for 2 weeks @ no cost The business offers dog walking services every single day of the year as well as pet sitting services which include an overnight stay in the client's home providing unlimited potty breaks, clean up of litter boxes and any accidents, freshening water/food, administering any needed medications or injections and playtime with the pet. While the pet-sitter is there they will collect mail/newspaper, water plants, cycle lights and window coverings and put the trash/recycling out for collection. The business also provides "puppy visits" which include potty breaks, assistance with house training, teaching basic commands and leash manner training. After each walk or visit the walker will let the client know how the visit went. Communication is a key successful action with this business! Anyone contemplating a career in this industry must love animals. Pet Owners in the U.S. are most likely to treat dogs and cats as members of the family, says a recent study by Houzz. Professional pet sitters who can offer customized, flexible services and are willing to accommodate quirky requests will quickly garner more clients. Being able to handle any size dog or cat is helpful. There are a number of educational training courses and certifications available on the handling and training of animals that can boost your professional status. Trends show that pet sitters will also take advantage of continuing education opportunities, such as pet first aid/CPR, disaster preparedness and in-depth training for specializations such as senior pet care or feline nutrition. Washington State and Seattle city business licenses would be required.

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Business Listed By:

Claudia Smith

Murphy Business Brokers