Networking, Networking, and Networking

Me being a first-time small business owner starting from scratch. I have learned a lot over the past 6 months. Like it is both who you know and what you know not either or to be successful, That you need to be a jack of all trades and a master of some to start from nothing to get something and, you’re going to be investing a lot of time that you are not going to get paid for just to have a solid foundation for your company to grow. Enough about these cheesy well-adjusted cliches. Here is my story.

Before I started Pawtastic animal care I worked in phone sales and construction, but have always had a lot of love for animals. I didn’t really know where to start when it came to starting a small business. I just knew that I needed people to hire me to work with them and their animals. I had to network. My first stop was a place called Sunlight consulting. Jennifer is a wiz at this type of stuff and thank god I had her otherwise this would be a dream that was dead in the water. She helped me get my thoughts on paper. We worked on a business plan. She was super helpful when it came to taking the chaos from my mind and making it to an easy step by step process.

One of the first things in order was to create an online presence. I created a facebook page, website, and email. I am not a tech-savvy guy, but I had to learn. This is 2019 age of the internet. Off to learning, I went. Jennifer helped me with the right programs to use and was always there for questions. After about 100 hours of reading, typing, and trying. (I say trying because there was a lot of hiccups along the way) My website, Facebook page, and fancy Pawtastic animal care email was set up and done. Never give up guys because if I could go from barely knowing how to turn a computer on to building my own website with limited assistance anyone can.

Now that Pawtastic has a home onto the internet time for the real networking to find clients. I joined a networking group called dabb. (Dearborn area business builders) They are a great group of people. Didn’t even give me any grief about being a long-haired hippie. It was nice to rub elbows with other business owners in the area. I was able to talk to them, learn from them, and even take care of some of their animals. As a small business owner, I would recommend finding a group like this in your area. No one person knows everything you need to know to get your business booming but 50 business owners are a great start and that is exactly what dabb is. I actually think these groups are so important I went to an open house for another networking group that is very similar today that I am going to join.

Most of my business has come from word of mouth and small networking groups like dabb. To me, it is very important to do a good job. I do that by knowing my client’s needs and I tailor my services to meet those needs. I talk with my clients, I pay attention, and do what I say I’m going to do. I want to be successful because if I am not that will reflect on me and my company. Just remember when you don’t keep your word you lose credibility. Thank you all for reading and I hope this inspires someone to follow their dream like I did mine.

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