Have you been looking at setting up a new business? Are you looking for a side hustle to utilise your spare time and make some extra cash? Perhaps you love four-legged friends and have been considering setting up as a dog walker? How much to charge for dog walking is another question you need to ask. Let’s look at everything about a dog walking business.
What Services Are You Offering?
Firstly, you need to look at the services you’ll be offering. Obviously, the first idea is walking dogs. However, you need to decide what customers might ask for within that area. They might be happy with group walks. There might be customers who know their dogs aren’t good with other dogs, so require solo walks. It could be for an hour or for longer. They might even want you to look after their four-legged companions overnight. Put yourself in the shoes of your potential customers and figure out what services you could offer.
Your Hourly Rate
The next question is how much to charge for dog walking. You need to make a decent amount of money for your time. Your hourly rate may differ depending on the services you offer. If you have four dogs on a group walk for an hour, you can probably charge £10 per dog. With picking up and dropping off you’re looking at maybe two or two and a half hours once you’ve had a good walk for an hour. That works out at perhaps £20 an hour.
Picking up, walking and dropping off a solo dog for an hours walk could be maybe an hour and a quarter, but as it’s only one dog, you’ll need to charge more. You can work out your hourly rate, or maybe even a weekly rate which includes a certain number of walks. Customers will like package deals and you’ll be sure of the work coming and hence, the income!
Take Other Things In Account
You need to take other things into account when figuring out how much to charge for dog walking. It’s not just your time people will be paying for. You’ll have overheads yourself. Dog leads, water bottles and dog accessories like tennis balls. You will also need poo bags and if you’re looking at taking dogs somewhere in a vehicle, you’ll need a vehicle! Safety is important so as well as blankets and towels, you’ll need harnesses for when they are in the car or van. There is a lot to take into account. Your income from this job needs to cover your expenses and also provide you with some cash.
Insurance Is Important
Did you know you can get dog walker insurance for just a few pounds a week? This is a great idea because you’d be better off with it and never having to use it, than needing it and not having it. There are different insurance policies depending on what you’re doing with your business. You might have to handle keys to let yourself in and out of customer’s houses to collect and drop off their dog. What if an accident happens and you have to take the dog to a vet? Dogs are also targets for theft, cover yourself with insurance! You might have to change your vehicle insurance to business use too.
As you can see, there are other questions to ask when we look at how much to charge for dog walking. Good luck with your four-legged side hustle!