We are a bunch of dog lovers here at the QuickBooks UK office, with many of us using the service of good dog walkers to look after our precious pooches whilst we are at work.
Dog walking is a time consuming job for sure but also one of the most rewarding things you can do. If you love four legged friends, then the prospect of spending all day working with them can be very appealing. Though of course bear in mind, for every sunny day there is a day with a downpour, especially in this country and those dogs will still need walking!
In chatting about our dogs, one issue that came up is how our walkers often sent us incorrect invoices and used Excel spreadsheets to run their business. Accounting software such as QuickBooks seemed like such an obvious choice for dog walkers to use. QuickBooks Self Employed for example would enable a walker to;
- Snap and sort receipts on the go (dog leads, car parking and treats for example)
- Auto track mileage deductions (for those drives to and from the park)
- Send invoices on the go (save time at the end of each month typing up individual invoices for your customers, plus be informed when they have been paid)
- Complete HMRC assessment at the end of the financial year
With so many dogs to look after and lots of invoices to send, using accounting software can really help keep you organised, as well as saving you time and ensuring you are keeping all your pennies in check. You can use QuickBooks on your phone, tablet or laptop, so whether you are on the go or at the home office doing your admin, QuickBooks will be right by your side.
As well as, remember the basics by having a strong website. We asked Claire Cheyne, owner of Mutley’s Marketing why having a website is so important, here is what she had to say…
So, Claire, tell us why dog walkers need a website?
A well-designed website can be a valuable marketing asset for your dog walking business. Not only in terms of establishing your credibility with potential clients but also allowing you to grow your business.
It can be tempting, especially if you’re just launching your services, to hold off investing in a website and instead choosing to use social media or printed flyers in the local area. While both of those methods of advertising is recommended, they should be used in conjunction with your website. By giving potential clients somewhere to find out more about you and your services, read testimonials from happy clients and easily contact you helps to show that you provide a professional, trusted service.
What are some of the other benefits of having a website?
It’s cost effective – Websites don’t have to cost a fortune and there are many tools that allow you to do it yourself. WordPress and SquareSpace can make setting up a website easy, without needing lots of technical knowledge.
People will be able to find you – If you want clients to find your dog walking services you need to be found on the search engines. The best way to do that is by having your own website.
Showcase your services – A website with details about your services, images and testimonials of happy clients, helpful articles and information about you can help show people you’re the right person to walk their dog.
Stand out from your competitors – If potential clients are researching dog walkers and your competitors don’t have a website, it’s a point in your favour.
Thanks to Claire for her top tips. Remember, whether you are just starting your dog walking business or are already established, it’s not too late to start a website or to start doing your accounts right with QuickBooks.
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