Becoming new pet parents is exciting! Whether you are fostering or adopting a cat or dog, there are a few good rules to follow.
Similarly, when you’re starting your own business, there are some tried-and-true principles that you should take into account. But when you’re doing both of these things together, you need to be strategic about how you spend your time and money.
In this fun guest post by Jessica Brody from Our Best Friends, we will be discussing all the things you need to be aware of as you’re starting your business and a life with your new family member.
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Item 1: Develop a routine
Routines are important for all creatures, human and animal alike; especially for new pet parents.
Dogs and cats benefit immensely from having a schedule they can rely on.
Establishing a routine is especially important when you bring a pet home for the first time as you’re learning more about each other and setting expectations for the future.
Having a familiar routine leads to familiarity with the environment, which leads to your pet feeling more comfortable around you.
Specific feeding schedules, regular playtime throughout the day, and plenty of toys to provide enrichment are key in this routine-setting stage.
Item 2: Invest in technology solutions
Bringing a new pet into your home and starting a business are both strategically intensive activities (even if it seems like they’re not).
Time management is especially important as you need to ensure that you’re devoting enough of your brainpower to one without depleting the energy you’ve reserved for the other.
Smartphone apps are one way to improve your time management skills and make sure you’ve blocked out enough of your schedule for both activities.
For instance, apps like RescueTime and Focus Keeper can help you determine how much time you’re spending on certain tasks and offer solutions when you think certain things are taking too long.
Are you not spending enough time playing with your new cat? Are you spending too much time playing with your new cat? If you can calculate it, you can improve it!
Some other apps that are useful for pet owners include VitusVet, which allows you to see your pet’s medical records at any time, and iCam, which is a quick, inexpensive way to track your pet’s activities through your home computer’s webcam while you’re away. The latter might be useful if you suspect your new furry friend is getting up to shenanigans while you’re working on setting up your business.
Other technology solutions like automated pet feeders and self-cleaning litter boxes can also save you time and energy. You can care for your little one’s needs without taking a break if you’re on a roll in the middle of your work, for instance.
Item 3: Give your pet their own space
As you know, setting aside space in your home for your new business is one of the most important activities you will be doing in preparation for your launch. A comfortable home office will help you be more productive and will allow you to jumpstart your business.
The same idea can be applied to pet ownership as new pet parents. They will want to hang out with you when you’re in the office — provide them a comfortable spot to lounge while you work! After all, your new mascot wants to be part of the action.
If you have the room for it, consider a cat tree like the one our cats love!
Item 4: Delegate business formation
As you’re welcoming your new family member and getting settled with everything you need to worry about with your business, you should put one more item on your checklist: Use a formation service to establish your business as a limited liability company (LLC).
LLCs come with several key benefits, including tax advantages and more flexibility. Be sure to check your state’s regulations around forming an LLC because the rules vary based on location.
And as you’re no doubt busy with the other activities surrounding starting your business plus welcoming a new pet, delegating Zenbusiness.com to form the LLC for you can free up time and energy better spent on other tasks.
Item 5: Find a vet now
No matter how old your pet is, what their health needs may be in the future, or what the shelter told you when you picked them up, you need to make an appointment with a trusted veterinarian as soon as you become new pet parents.
If this is your first pet or you’re new to the area, this may be a daunting task. Googling “vets near me” is a good first step, but how do you build rapport? How do you know this vet will take the best care of your new best friend?
The short answer is: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions.
This is a big decision, and you should give it as much thought as you would when choosing a doctor or a dentist for your family.
Take location into account, as well as internet reviews. Another way to find a good vet is through recommendation — simply ask a friend where they take their pets.
Check, check, check!
Follow these preliminary steps, and you’ll be well on your way to best friend status with your pet while establishing yourself as an entrepreneur and small-business owner.
For more cat care resources, tips, and stories, visit the Cat Care Solutions blog!
Love this post? Don’t forget to check out other blogs from Jessica, like “4 Tips for Keeping Costs Down When Getting Your First Pet” and “6 Tips for Great Photographs of Your Dog.”
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- Are you a small business owner who is also a pet parent? What does and doesn’t work for you?
- Do you struggle to find balance in your life?
- Did any of these resources help you?
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About Today’s Awesome Author
Jessica Brody created Our Best Friends so others could find a place to share stories and photos of their beloved animal companions.