Starting a new business is a big undertaking. Welcoming a new pet home is also a big life event. Each can be stressful, and doing both at the same time may seem impossible. However, with a little planning, research, and help, you can get your new pet settled in while getting your business off the ground.
- Streamline Work
The first step toward successfully running a new business while adopting a new pet is getting your business running smoothly. There are many steps you’ll need to take to start a business. One of the most important is choosing a business structure. The structure you choose, whether a limited liability company, sole proprietorship, or other type, has an impact on liability and taxation issues.
Some structures require more paperwork than others, so if you choose to register as an LLC, you can learn more about the process by clicking here. Keep in mind that you may want to hire a formation service to take care of the paperwork, since it’s less expensive than an attorney but still ensures your compliance with state and federal regulations.
- Choose the Right Pet
Studies have shown that pets provide numerous physical and mental health benefits. However, not every pet is a good fit for every owner. As a business owner, you may decide to start out with a low-maintenance animal. Research the care requirements and make sure you have enough time and money to care for any pet species or breed you are considering.
- Get Your Pet Settled
After deciding on a pet, it is time to get them home and settled in. Create a routine that works for both you and your pet and find healthy food options. If your pet is trainable, begin teaching them basic commands.
Consider pet tech to help you better manage your time and improve your pet’s quality of life. There are self-cleaning litter boxes, automated toys your pet can play with, and smart screens that allow you to see your pet while you are at work. Technological innovations are good for helping you take better care of your pet, but remember that nothing can replace face-to-face interaction.
- Consider Taking Your Pet to Work
As Time points out, more and more businesses are becoming pet friendly, but consider your employees and customer base when deciding whether to bring your pet to work. If there will be multiple pets at the business location, make sure all the animals are healthy, fully vaccinated, and well socialized.
Decide if every day will be a “bring your pet to work day,” or if pets will only be allowed once a week or on special occasions. Determine whether only employees’ pets are allowed or if customers can bring their own pets. Speak with your insurance agent to determine whether you will need to adjust your liability insurance to cover any pets on the premises.
- Ask for Help When Needed
Even the most resourceful pet owners need help every now and then. You may be surprised how eager pet-loving friends and family are to “babysit.” Dog walkers and pet day care can provide you with much-needed assistance if your schedule gets too crazy. Just remember to give your pet extra attention afterward.
Opening a business and adopting a pet are both exciting, although potentially stressful, endeavors. Doing both at the same time may seem like too much, but with adequate planning and a little help from technology and friends, you can do both happily and successfully.