Today I had on my to do list to write a blog post. 

BUT… I also needed to do a bunch of other things today like:

  • Write my morning pages 
  • Gather a lot of important data about my pet business books to a possible book foreign rights publisher (Woot, we’ll see! It was very tedious work, but I got all the data to him. Whew.)
  • Make a healthy breakfast and lunch 
  • Talk on the phone with a friend who is really struggling with some health issues
  • Show up on time and prepared for my business mastermind 
  • Respond to a lot of emails and phone calls 
  • Spend some time looking at pictures and a long article my husband sent me about treehouses (because we may want to build one this year so we’re doing research now). 
  • Take a sauna at the Air BnB I’m at because if I don’t get in the sauna before I leave my stay here, I’m going to really regret it! (The sauna was a big reason why I booked this spot.) 
  • Plus, a lot of other things.

You’re a business owner. You know the drill. 

Anyway, I really wanted to write this blog post before the day’s end. (Here I am writing the blog post, but I’m also writing about what’s helping me write it. It’s very meta, isn’t it?) 

Long story short: I didn’t want to write this blog post. I wanted to dive into that sauna (the sauna that is currently heating up and that will be my reward for writing this). But a sauna at the end of my blog post writing wasn’t enough to get me to actually write a blog post. 

<Brief pause in my writing right now to check to make sure the sauna is actually heating up. It is. Good. I’m back now.>

So, in comes one of my most powerful secret weapons for productivity. It’s my productivity sauce, people. 

You may have heard me mention what I’m about to share here in one my webinars or in a coaching session you’ve done with me. 

Or maybe you read about my productivity hack in my Facebook group for pet business owners, or in my Prosperous Pet Business podcast.

It’s one thing to read about it or hear about it. It’s another thing to actually do it. And today I did it. 

So what is this “it” I’m referring to? 

Focusmate.

It’s virtual co-working. For 25 or 50-minutes you meet with a stranger by video at a time you both signed up for. They tell you what they are going to work on. You tell them what you are going to work on. And then you do it. At the end you check in and share briefly what you did. 

Having that accountability: check in/take action/check out is POWERFUL. 

I created a Focusmate matching system for pet business owners – your own group for pet business owners. It doesn’t mean you’ll always get matched with a pet business owner but if a pet biz owner books a session time at the same time you do, if you’re part of the group, you’ll get matched!

So I recommend you stop reading about it and join it now. It’s free for up to 3 sessions a week. Unlimited is just a few dollars a month. You’ve got nothing to lose, except some things on your to do list. 

Find out more about Focusmate for Pet Business Owners.

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The podcast is 100 today! 

To celebrate this special 100th episode, I invited the pet business owners I coached on the last 7 episodes to be on the podcast.

Today you’ll hear 5 of those 7 pet business owners share what actions they took after they got coached by me on the podcast and where they are at now in their businesses and personal lives. (The two who couldn’t make it for today’s episode really wanted to be part of it, but one had COVID and the other had internet issues.)

Click to listen to Prosperous Pet Business Podcast Coaching Updates.

A heartfelt and very special thank you to the pet business owners who are on today’s episode: 

Susan Hurst from Susan Sits Pets (Episode 93: The Compulsion to Overwork)

Kaitlyn Argiro from Pawsitivity Pet Services (Episode 94: How to Step Away from Your Pet Business) 

Carly Neufeld from Cute Critter Care (Episode 96: Where, When and How to Get Client Reviews) 

Kelsey Olsen from Kelsey’s Groom Shop and Boarding (Episode 97: Automate Your Business) 

Stephanie Hickey from Bossy Paws Pet Sitters (Episode 98: How to Fix Many Pet Business Challenges) 

Apply what you’re learning on the podcast with online courses that help you start and grow your pet business.

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Stephanie is a rock star business owner who is based in Texas. She’s owned her business for a few years and, in many ways, has done a great job running it. However, due to the pandemic and other issues, she’s now got a lot of business challenges she’s dealing with and she’s at a loss for how to fix them. Stephanie is struggling to balance her team’s needs, her client needs and (last but definitely not least!) her own personal needs. On top of all of this, she’s working 60-80 hours a week and in spite of all those hours, she needs to make a lot more money!

In this rapid-fire coaching session that covers a lot of different business topics, you’ll hear me coach Stephanie through her business issues. At the end of the episode, I’ll share an update about how she’s doing now, a few weeks after this session was recorded.

If you are struggling with a lot of pet business challenges, or even just grappling with one or two issues, you won’t want to miss this episode!

Click to listen to How to Fix Many Pet Business Challenges.

In this episode you’ll learn

  • How and when to raise client rates
  • Scheduling issues which are impacting Stephanie and her staff – and issues that may be impacting you and your pet business
  • How to schedule back-up staff including back-up pet sitters and dog walkers
  • How to gently let go of problematic clients
  • Reassessing pet service hours that may be no longer working for you
  • When and how to charge a premium fee and a holiday fee

Apply what you’re learning on the podcast with online courses that help you start and grow your pet business.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

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My coaching client today is Kelsey who runs a pet grooming and dog kennel in Nevada. Kelsey is experiencing a lot of stress with employees who say they will do something but then don’t do it. She’s also struggling because she’s short staffed and is having a hard time finding quality people.

Kelsey reached out to me for a coaching session that she agreed could be recorded for the podcast. Like most pet business owners who have employees, Kelsey’s staffing issues have become magnified due to being short staffed during this pandemic and not having quality staff she can depend on. It becomes clear that automation can be her best friend with her current staff and you’ll hear the coin drop for Kelsey when she starts to realize she does have the power to change her business for the better! You’ll hear exactly how she can do that – and how you can do it too.

Click to listen to Automate Your Pet Business.

Apply what you’re learning on the podcast with online courses that help you start and grow your pet business.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

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If you’re currently suffering from pet business burnout or it’s a new experience since you’re working again after a lot of time away from your business, my new book is for you!

You’ve put hard work, time, and energy into building your pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, or pet grooming business. If keeping up with everything has you feeling stressed out, overworked, and overwhelmed, there is hope and this book is the guidebook.

Click to find out more and get the How to Recover from Pet Business Burnout eBook.

Prefer to read the paperback? Click to find out more and get the How to Recover from Pet Business Burnout paperback now.

I look forward to helping you create more peace in your pet business so you can work happy!

~Kristin

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I’m so excited to share this news with you:

The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers audiobook is here – and it’s a couple weeks ahead of the scheduled release date!


The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers audiobook is available today!


You can click this link to get it delivered to your email inbox in less than 30 seconds and listen right now to the Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers audiobook.

This audiobook comes with a comprehensive 71-page accompanying booklet to guide you on your hiring journey too!


(For those who listen to books on Audible, this book title will be available on Audible in September 2020. However, you’ll find two of my other titles on Audible right now: Six-Figure Pet Sitting and 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business.


I’ve had a lot of dog trainers, pet groomers and dog daycare owners ask me if this book will help them hire great people too? And the answer is YES, absolutely!


It’s true that this hiring handbook was written with pet sitters and dog walkers in mind but I’ve had many other service-based pet professionals who have also found this hiring book immensely useful for their dog training, pet grooming and dog daycare businesses too.

Click to get it and listen now to the Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers audiobook.

Happy listening, learning, and hiring!

About Kristin Morrison:

Kristin Morrison started her pet sitting and dog walking company in the mid-90s and it grew to become one of the largest pet care companies in California. Kristin hired over 250 people in the course of running her business for 18 years and when she sold the business, she had 35 dog walkers and pet sitters and 4 managers on staff.

Kristin is a pet business coach and the founder of Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy™ and Six-Figure Pet Business Academy™ which provides coaching, webinars and business products to pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, and pet groomers across the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Kristin is also the host of the Prosperous Pet Business podcast which is found on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also listen to it on the Prosperous Pet Business website.

Kristin is the author of five books: Six-Figure Pet Sitting, 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business, The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers, Prosperous Pet Business and Six-Figure Pet Business. Her books are available in paperback on Amazon. The eBooks and audiobooks are on her website at: www.SixFigurePetBusinessAcademy.com

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SixFigurePetBusinessAcademy/

Join the Prosperous Pet Business Community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/prosperouspetbusiness/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petbizcoach/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/petbizcoach

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/SixFigurePetSitting

Podcast:

Prosperous Pet Business Podcast: https://prosperouspetbusiness.com/pet-business-podcast/

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I get asked this question a lot: “Kristin, which pet business book should I read first?”

My answer always depends upon where the question-asker is in their pet business journey.

Before I answer that question, I want to first say that even though some of these book titles have pet sitting and dog walking in the title, they are all very much relevant and applicable to all kinds of pet businesses!

I’ve had many pet groomers, dog trainers, dog daycare owners and pet photographers all tell me they’ve gained a ton of value from the pet sitting and dog walking titled books!

Also, all book titles are available in paperback format on Amazon. The links below are for the eBooks (and audiobook format, if that title is available in audiobook).

Are you starting your pet business OR would you like a step-by-step guide to grow your business by leaps and bounds? Read 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business eBook.

Or listen to 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business audiobook.

Are you feeling stuck in your pet business evolution and need to break through that financial glass ceiling, whether it be six figures or even beyond six figures? Read Six-Figure Pet Sitting eBook.

Or listen to the Six-Figure Pet Sitting audiobook.

Are you a pet groomer, dog trainer, dog daycare owner or any other pet professional and want to reach six-figures or even more in your pet business? Read Six-Figure Pet Business eBook.

Are you hiring staff member including pet sitters, dog walkers, pet groomers, dog trainers, dog daycare assistants, admin assistants, office managers or any other person to help support you to start, grow or run your pet business? Even though this book has pet sitters and dog walkers in the title, truly any pet professional who wants to hire -or who wants to get a lot better at hiring- will benefit from reading this hiring book! Read The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers eBook.

Imagine if you could have access to 20 top pet business and life management experts…in the comfort of your own home? With this Prosperous Pet Business: Interviews with the Experts eBook you can! In this empowering 350-page eBook, Kristin Morrison interviews top pet business experts including Patti Moran (Pet Sitters International), Paul Mann (Fetch! Pet Care), Ian Dunbar, Andrea Arden and many more! Read Prosperous Pet Business: Interviews with the Experts eBook.

I’m currently working on book #6 which will be released in late 2020 or early 2021. More details to come soon!

Happy reading, starting or growing your pet biz!

About the Author:

Kristin Morrison started her pet sitting and dog walking company in the mid-90s and it grew to become one of the largest pet care companies in California. Kristin hired over 250 people in the course of running her business for 18 years and when she sold the business, she had 35 dog walkers and pet sitters and 4 managers on staff.

Kristin is the founder of Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy™ and Six-Figure Pet Business Academy™ which provides coaching, webinars and business products to pet sitters, dog walkers, dog trainers, and pet groomers across the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Kristin is also the host of the Prosperous Pet Business podcast which is found on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also listen to it on the Prosperous Pet Business website.

Kristin is the author of five books: Six-Figure Pet Sitting, 30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business, The Hiring Handbook for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers, Prosperous Pet Business and Six-Figure Pet Business. Her books are available in paperback on Amazon. The eBooks and audiobooks are on her website at: www.SixFigurePetBusinessAcademy.com

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SixFigurePetBusinessAcademy/

Join the Prosperous Pet Business Community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/prosperouspetbusiness/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petbizcoach/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/petbizcoach

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/SixFigurePetSitting

Podcast:

Prosperous Pet Business Podcast: https://prosperouspetbusiness.com/pet-business-podcast/

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