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How to Make a Successful Career Change with a Dog Sitting Franchise


Making money doesn’t have to be boring!

If you're looking for a new career direction, how about working with dogs and running your own Barking Mad dog sitting business

Making a career change can be daunting but we’re here to help

If your childhood self could see you now, would they marvel at your career or despair at the wage slave you have become? Do you feel stuck in an unrelentingly monotonous job with a laborious commute? Many individuals are waking up to the realisation that life is too short to stay in a job you don’t love!

If you are entering or exceeding middle age, it seems only natural to begin to wonder why you are working so hard to make money for somebody else and to dread spending the next chapter of your working life feeling unfulfilled. Career change is possible but the traditional jobs’ market simply isn’t designed for career changers, with often very specific skills and experience being required for a different role.

More and more people are looking to buy a franchise as an alternative to traditional employment. The British Franchise Association is the voluntary self-regulatory body for the UK franchise sector and describes franchising as:

“The granting of a licence by one person (the franchisor) to another (the franchisee), which entitles the franchisee to own and operate their own business under the brand, systems and proven business model of the franchisor.”

What Triggered Barking Mad Business Owners to Change Careers?

If you’ve always dismissed dog sitting jobs, as being a lower paid occupation, take a look at our self employed dog business franchise opportunity Our 75 plus franchise owners love what they do! If you are facing the prospect of redundancy or simply unhappy with your job, why not work with dogs and be your own boss as a dog holiday co-ordinator with Barking Mad?

Our franchisees are just like you and come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with many different reasons for buying a franchise. Common triggers for their career changes have included: looking for a more rewarding profession, wanting flexibility along with an improved lifestyle and even just wanting to spend more time with their own dogs!

Hear from some of our dog sitting business owners below:

Tina Young of Barking Mad Dog Care Northumberland says:

“Buying my Barking Mad business has turned out to be a life changing decision. My business has continued to grow year after year which has boosted my confidence and happiness. My family has also grown, as I now have two children. Running my business and looking after my family has worked very well for me. It’s such a great feeling to be able to say that you love your job.” (read the full interview)

Becoming a Barking Mad dog sitting business owner is a flexible, home based career with dogs

Tina Young (pictured second from right) with her dog sitting team

Kevin Matthews of Barking Mad Dog Care Preston & Central Lancashire says:

“Whilst I loved my previous career in retail, I could see the changes on the horizon in the sector and decided that it was time to head in a new direction. Owning a franchise with Barking Mad proved to be a fantastic choice, giving me the opportunity to run my own business and make use of my retail management, customer service and local marketing experience.”

Kevin Matthews found a career after retail with Barking Mad dog sitting

Kevin Matthews with his beloved Border terrier, Derby

Sam Walker of Barking Mad Dog Care Basingstoke says:

“In my previous job I was spending four hours a day commuting and I knew that something had to change, as I had no real quality of life. I am loving my new career working with dogs and feeling really productive. Working in a corporate environment for the last 30 years, I have never been able to participate in ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ but I couldn’t be happier, this now happens every day.”

Barking Mad offers dog lovers the opportunity of running their own dog sitting business

After 30 years in the corporate sector, Sam Walker is loving being out and about with Barking Mad!

Could you be Barking Mad?

If you are interested in finding out how your love of dogs could make you money, why not visit our business opportunities page and download a prospectus to find out more? Territory areas are strictly exclusive, so why not get in touch today on  03333 444972 to find out if your local area is available?

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