Starting your own business can be stressful, and having a new pet at the same time can make the process even more difficult. These responsibilities can interfere with each other, so it is important to make sure that each undertaking goes as smoothly as possible. Here are three tips from Doggie Playsystems that can help you, your business, and your pet.
Starting a Business
Once you have decided to open a business, there are numerous tasks to complete. You will first need to decide on a product or service to offer and make sure your skillset is up to date. Then you will need to secure funding, choose a location, select a business structure and complete all necessary paperwork.
Choosing a business structure is an important aspect that will have long-term consequences regarding liability and taxation. For example, incorporating your business can protect your personal assets if the business is ever sued. The paperwork can be overwhelming for a novice, so if you are planning on starting an LLC in Washington state, you may want to hire an incorporation service to help the process go more smoothly.
Getting a New Pet
New pets require a lot of attention. They may be scared in a new environment with unfamiliar people. It can take a while for them to adjust and become fully house-trained. Whether you have a new dog, new cat or a new small or exotic animal, the first thing you should do is make sure the animal feels safe. You may have to put the pet in a quiet, safe space for him or her to settle down before exploring the rest of the home and meeting the family.
Once the pet is calm, you can begin getting him or her used to the daily routine. Make sure the timing of walks, feeding and playing at the local dog park aligns with your work schedule, even if you get the pet while you are on a break or vacation. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup, and consider investing in one or more of the available apps for pet-owners. The apps can save you time and help you keep track of all your pet’s needs.
Combining Pets and Work
According to many studies, pets are proven to reduce stress and provide other health benefits, so getting a pet while you are in the stressful process of opening your own business may sound like a winning plan. However, it is important to make sure that you give both your pet and your work adequate time. Create a schedule for you and your pet. Choose a pet that is the right species, breed and age for your life. Selecting a pet that fits your lifestyle is easier than changing your lifestyle to fit your new pet.
It may seem overwhelming at first, but having a new pet and a new business at the same time is feasible if you plan ahead. Select the right pet for you and set a routine that works for your pet and your business. Remember to take advantage of all the resources available to help you get your business started and your pet settled.
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