Faye’s Life-Work Balance with Barking Mad

What’s it like to own a dog sitting franchise business?

Barking Mad Dog Sitting Service award winning franchisee Faye Carruthers

Faye Carruthers was delighted to be awarded the Brand Builder of the Year Award 2017

Dog lover Faye Carruthers is the proud owner of Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and N. Ayrshire, a busy dog home boarding franchise business. She enthuses:

“There are no two days the same with Barking Mad as a professional dog sitter.  One day I can be out collecting and delivering dogs and the next I can be popping into a few local veterinary practices, then working from home on new bookings. For me, running my own business means making sure I get time off when its suits both me and my job.  It’s an enjoyable lifestyle with a good income and certainly beats my previous occupation of managing a clinic!  I organise my own life-work balance so I have time to walk my dogs and spend time with family and friends.  I have an assistant so I get weekends off which my husband appreciates (most of the time!)”

Why is Faye selling her Scottish dog care business?

We are delighted to announce that this Barking Mad territory is now up for sale.  It’s a great opportunity for the right person to strike out from what they’re doing now and make a great decision to work with lovely people and even lovelier dogs. Faye’s business has grown and is now valued at £48,000 with an existing customer base who are delighted with the 5* service they receive. She says,

“I bought the award winning and brand leading franchise in 2013 and it was the best career move I’ve ever made.  My background is in nursing and I was working in a busy private clinic but realised I needed a lifestyle change.  I wanted a better life-work balance and time to spend with my Border collie dogs.  Barking Mad has been the best thing that ever happened to me!

That was 5 years ago but my nursing career means a lot to me and in order to keep my official registration I need to keep nursing. I can’t do two jobs as my pet care business is flexible but full time and so my franchise is now up for sale. We are expecting a lot of interest in this exclusive territory as it’s a growing market in a prime area, so please get in touch soon.”

“Faye is a credit to our brand and has grown her business with energy and dedication. She has raised the awareness of Barking Mad through her relationship with the community and the media across her territory.  We’ll be sad to see her go, although we look forward to welcoming her successor who will benefit from Faye’s hard work and will quickly make the business their own. I look forward to meeting you!”

Lee Dancy (Barking Mad Founder & M.D.)

An excellent business with a fantastic local brand reputation

Faye says,

“As well a quality lifestyle, the franchise brings repeat bookings and referrals.  Customers book their dog holidays in advance so its easy to predict how much money will be coming in for future months.  It’s an established, proven business with certified accounts for the last 5 years and a great future for the right person.

In addition, Barking Mad has an excellent reputation locally and most new customers are now referred by existing ones.  This means lots of nice friendly dogs get booked in by existing customers, then new ones register with the service which means growth is ongoing.  Whilst some might see the initial outlay on a franchise as a barrier, banks are much more likely to give a loan for a franchise than a new start business.  It’s a long-lasting tried-and-tested model  and we have seen huge growth in the pet care sector recently.

The plan was always to sell when I was ready…

Life moves on however and it’s time for me to hang up the lead and let someone else take it on to the next level.  There’s lots of scope for organic growth and it’s just a case of continuing to deliver a great service and watch it grow.



What is the Barking Mad success story?

When I started with Barking Mad, the diary wasn’t busy enough so I did a lot of marketing.  I’d worked in retail so promoting a quality service was easy. My Barking Mad web page explained the service well but I also did local presentations, summer fayres and stands in supermarkets. The service has doubled in size since then so and the profits are healthy too.

Dog sitting host Liz with Barking Mad business owner Faye

Host Liz with Faye Carruthers of Barking Mad Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Ayrshire

My territory covers Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire.  Most of the customers live in Paisley, Greenock and Irvine so there are no problems such as long commutes or getting stuck in traffic.  People that buy a Barking Mad franchise often have knowledge of the commercial sector but most importantly they love dogs. They are looking for a career change or want to for themselves so get to take over an established franchise and it the ground running.  For me the best part is meeting the dogs and their owners as they want the best service and I can easily deliver that.  Customers can tell by how happy their dog is that they’ve had excellent holiday care.  The Barking Mad business model is straightforward to follow and Head Office is always there for support.  There are also colleagues throughout the UK at the end of a phone whenever I want a chat.”

Find out more at www.barkingmad.uk.com/franchising/franchise-opportunities

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