One of the first obstacles a professional dog walker has to overcome is to set his or her rates. It can be hard to decide where to start and searching online can bring a whole range of results. There’s a few things to bare in mind when working out your price list, and a few variables that should effect your decision. Lets have a look at some of them…
First of all, starting off low is always better than starting high for a new dog walker/sitter. Especially if your initial clients are friends and family. Getting the word out that your rates are cheap is a great way to get new customers. Once you’re more established and have a fair sized customer base you can think about putting your prices up.
Let’s take a look at some average rates for walking one dog (in US dollars and UK pounds):
½ hour walk: $15/£10
1 hour walk: $25/£15
If you are being hired for multiple days during the week you could should add an extra discount as follows:
5 ½ hour walks: $60/£40 (works out as one day free/20% off)
5, 1 hour walks: $100/£60 (works out as one day free/20% off)
Remember, these rates will fluctuate in different areas and countries. For example if you live in a large city (New York, LA, London, Manchester) you could add an extra 20% on to these rates, depending on the competition in your area.
You should also charge for any food, treats, bathing and any other extras you provide. Make sure you price these extras accordingly so that they’re worth your time.
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