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My background and the beginnings of In Home Pet Services
With my degree in Biology from Binghamton University and previous zoo and pet experience, I was given a position as zookeeper at the prestigious Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo.
In my job search after college, I had found that there were extremely limited career opportunities in NY for someone in my position; I wanted a career where I could utilize my education,experience, and love for animals and also afford to live in NY! The zoo was my only option and I was thrilled to get the job.
However, after several years I felt like I needed something different to acheive my career goals and I decided to leave. With not many options, I used my past managerial experience to gain a job as store manager of Pet Menu - a large retail pet store in Queens. It was there I decided to make my own "luck".
I began In Home Pet Services part time and it quickly grew. I developed a solid system for the business and left my job to run the company full time in 2003. Since then, the original location has grown to service over 1200 clients in the area. We became a New York State Corporation, trademarked the In Home Pet Services name, and in 2006 created the franchise system. Our first franchise location opened in Brooklyn, NY in April 2008.
I am excited to be able to offer the opportunity for others to share in the same success and fulfillment that I have experienced! I look forward helping people to fulfill their dreams of owning their own business while doing something they love.
Is Pet Sitting Right For You?
Is Pet Sitting Right for You?
-with excerpts from the article by Sherry Holetzky-
Pet Sitting can be challenging, but it can also be a personally rewarding and lucrative career. This is especially true for people who love animals. But, even if you are an animal lover, that does not necessarily mean pet sitting is right for you.
Ask yourself these important questions to see if pet sitting is a career choice that suits you:
1. Are there certain types of animals that you are afraid of, allergic to, or would otherwise not be comfortable caring for?
2. Are you outgoing enough to meet clients in their homes and discuss terms and prices of your services?
3. Are you confident enough to conduct interviews and train new sitters to be a part of your business?
4. Can you afford the necessary start-up costs?
5. Are you a self-starter who is able to promote your business to a successful level?
6. Will your schedule and obligations allow you enough time to devote to a pet sitting business?
"A love for animals is the foundation, but smart business sense is what will keep you operating"......You have to be a people person. The reason you get into the pet sitting business may stem from being an animal lover, but if you are not warm and friendly with people......pet owners will be wary of you". - taken from "Pet Sitting Business is Thriving", by Ian White copyright 2005.
If you are thinking about starting an In Home Pet Services franchise, we will assist you in making the determination "Is Pet Sitting Right for You?"!
We provide you with a complete turnkey system for your franchise. Well, what does that mean to you?
A turnkey business is a business that includes everything you need to immediately start running the business. InvestorWords.com defines a turnkey operation as "A product or service which can be implemented or utilized with no additional work required by the buyer (just by 'turning the key')".
This is exactly what we provide. We have developed a system that will have you up and running and taking in new clients immediately upon opening.
As an In Home Pet Services franchisee, you will receive:
Becoming an In Home Pet Service Franchisee can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. During that time, we go through a series of steps to insure that you are a right fit in our company and that we are a right fit for you!
Following is a general breakdown of the process:
Step 1. - After you have reviewed all of the resources we have provided, begin by filling out our online application. After receiving your application, we will thoroughly review it to make sure you meet all the qualifications. We will then contact you by email to discuss your application in further detail and get to know you a little more about you and your goals.
Step 2. - We will set up a phone interview. Our first phone interview will discuss aspects of the franchise in more detail and give you the opportunity to have more detailed questions answered. We may have one or several phone conversations before the next step.
Step 3. - FDD document and/or Face-to-Face Meeting. Strong Canidates for a franchise will be sent a copy of our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) or it will be given during a meeting at our headquarters in NY. At this time, you will be have the opportunity to view the documents and have them reviewed by your lawyer. We will assist you in any way we can to make your final decision. We strongly encourage an in-person meeting if you are in our area.
Step 4. - Initial Fee and Training Begins! Congrats! After your franchisee agreement is signed and the initial fee paid, you will begin your training and be on the way to becoming an owner of an In Home Pet Services franchise! You will then be loaned a copy of our confidential Operations Manual and we will assist you in setting up and growing your business.
Congratulations! You've taken the first step to be a potential In Home Pet Services Franchisee!
Please fill out our online application as fully and as in much detail as possible.
As the newest Franchise owner of In Home Pet Services "Nassau's Gold Coast" I was extremely impressed with the thorough training process that I went through and the ongoing support from day one of my opening. Robyn the owner and franchisor answers any questions you have at anytime. I was given all of the materials that I will need to run my franchise and Robyn couldn't have made it any easier to set everything up. This company has such a great reputation already and we get recommended not only by our clients but their veterinarians as well. Buying this franchise was an easy process and I couldn't have made a better choice.
Ever since I was little I wanted to work with animals. They were my passion. As I got older I knew I wanted to be an owner of a business. I always looked into franchises and other small home businesses like pet hotel, or pet photography. After graduating college and not know what I wanted, I was always on the lookout for a great opportunity. I became aware of In Home Pet Services through a friend, and once I found out that it was a franchise, I jumped on the opportunity. It was a great decision! I am now a business owner who works with animals all day long. If you dont mind getting a little exercise and working hard, it will pay off. I am now a proud owner of a great company that has so much potential.
Becoming the owner of In Home Pet Services of East Nassau was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Being part of the IHPS family continues to be a great experience. Working with animals is a dream come true. Robyn is always there for support and advice. I am confident that we will continue to be successful and we always have a great time doing it!
I just have to say that the day I found In Home Pet Services and of course Robyn, my entire life changed. I learned what the true purpose of my life was and Robyn helped achieve my dream of becoming an owner of one her Franchises. In Home Pet Services is a family and Robyn walks by our side day after day. I am very happy of being part of this growing family
Being able to work with Robyn has been amazing! I found out about In Home Pet Service through my sister, and it has been 3 years since I have been part of the staff. It%u2019s just so much fun to be able to have a job that you love and clients (doggies & cats) who you simply adore! Robyn is great at what she does and is definitely a role model for my sister and I, since we just opened one of her franchises. In Home Pet Services is like a family and we give lots of love to our animal friends