You’re setting out on a grand adventure, finally pursuing the business of your dreams, and you’ve decided to take along a new pet on this journey. Balancing a new business and a new member of the family can be tricky, but with the right tools and information, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Follow these steps to success, courtesy of Animal Refuge Center.
1. Set a Schedule
People aren’t the only ones who benefit from structure in their day-to-day lives. Pets also are happiest when they know what to expect at any given time. Particularly when you’re first training your animal and getting to know each other, you want to make sure you’re setting the pair of you up for success. Plan out your day together around activities that are essential to your pet, including feeding, exercise and bathroom breaks if necessary.
At first, you may need to devote extra time to helping your pet adjust to his or her new life, including when and where to use the bathroom. Depending on the animal, this could take a good bit of practice, so budget that into your schedule for the early days.
To help you and your pet stick to your schedule, consider using one of the many time management apps available to make sure you’re doing what you need to when you need to for both your business and your pet.
2. Build Their Trust
In the first days of pet ownership, it’s imperative to begin establishing trust between you and your pet. Regularly spending quality time together playing or exercising is a wonderful way to do this. It can be difficult to give him or her as much as you’d like when business requires your time and energy, so look for ways to build trust that make sense for your situation. This might mean creating a space for your pet in your work area or near it so that you can still interact with him or her. Pet cameras also let you check up on your pets when you can’t be with them.
3. Find the Help You Need
There will inevitably be times when you have to focus on your business instead of your new pet. Just like with children, there are sitters available who can care for your animal while you are away or busy with business. Research local options online to see who or what companies have the best reviews to ensure your new pet feels loved even when he or she has to be away from you.
This also extends to pet trainers. Outsourcing your pet’s training to a professional can be a great way to save time and energy you could be devoting to your business while getting your pet the attention he or she needs.
Another way to help your business is to form a limited liability company or LLC. You can get lucky in Kentucky, since benefits of this include tax perks, including pass-through taxation, separation of your business and personal assets, flexibility and more. No lawyer is required; using an online formation service, you can file for yourself and save on attorney fees. Regulations vary from state to state, so research yours before proceeding.
Big adventures beget big returns, and by following these simple steps, you can ensure yours. With your new pet by your side, your business success will be all the sweeter.
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