grooming delivered |  current issue

grooming delivered | current issue

I I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for those brave and intelligent spirits who chose mobile phone care as a way to offer their services to the pet-owning public. Mobile grooming offers a number of benefits over a traditional storefront salon, such as setting your hours more easily and selecting clients, the necessity of individual grooming that reduces stress and noise for you and the animal, and in many cases, being your own boss.

But mobile grooming also has its own challenges, and one of the biggest revolves around the fact that your business depends on your vehicle and its setup. Sure, brick and mortar salons need maintenance and repairs, but they use the same resources that every other business and many residences use. Merchants may not be as familiar with the specific settings for providing electricity, water and everything else required in a mobile phone as with the people in the building. Companies that service RVs can be a great resource because their water, electricity, and wastewater settings are very similar to a RV’s needs. Mobile device care tools are, for the most part, a handy set – or have someone readily available whether that’s a friend, spouse, other family member, or trusted repairer.

Get ready for anything

Most of the hair care tools these days are scheduled so tightly due to the high demand, that a failure of equipment or vehicle that prevents you from keeping appointments could be a business disaster. How do you prevent it? By thinking ahead and preparing. Why? As the founder of the Boy Scouts whose motto was said, “Why, for anything old.”

Marie Oquendo, Squim, Washington, industry expert in Pawsitive educational training and designer, former owner of a successful 20-year mobile business points out, “One of the things that doesn’t get talked about much is a willingness to break things. And they will. We’re putting a personal care store on some wheels. And the vibration can make a number.”

Your shaving equipment may have been boosted upon conversion, but it likely started as equipment aimed at a more stable environment. Things will inevitably relax and leaks will start. If it does happen during the day, you will need to fix it. Oquendo recommends carrying a kit that contains tools and parts, sewer tape, electrician and plumber. Learn how all of your equipment works.

Maintain your maintenance schedule

Cassandra Eye owns four cell phones: three pickup trucks and a Ford E450 bus. They serve most of St. Louis County, Miss., under the name Furry & Fabulous Mobile Grooming. Although she claims it is not within reach, she does a lot of routine maintenance herself. If it is out of her business, her father – who is helpful – helps her. She does her monthly oil changes on the alternators but brings them in for a checkup. Do routine seasonal maintenance such as cleaning the AC coils, changing the water heating rod (called the anode rod), and cleaning the furnace. Regular maintenance consists of an oil change on vehicles and generators, daily cleaning and after each dog, and a weekly deep cleaning. Dog hair gets into everything, so thorough cleaning and changing filters regularly can extend the life of the equipment. Maintenance of dryers, clippers, etc. is similar to shop but less often because a mobile unit usually does fewer dogs per day than a salon. For example, the eye changes drying brushes every 1.5 – 2 years. Everything is done on schedule to make sure it is done. However, Ai says things will still break.

“Something always breaks, whether it’s something as small as a closet latch or something as essential as your hair dryer,” Eye says. “Keeping backups is a must. Your water pump waits for your Husky to be shampooed before they die. Your dryer will only stop working when you have a wet Newfoundland on your table. You learn to think on your feet and take deep breaths in stressful situations” .

Repetition is important for mobile estheticians. Dennis Gnetz, CEO of Wag’n Tails, makes sure that every vehicle they sell has backups for every aspect of personal care. There are two hot water options, the ability to plug in if your generator fails, and if your air conditioner is on flashing you can use a cabin conditioner to keep it reasonably cool in the back. If something breaks, there is always a way to continue taking care of effectively.

“Things wear out faster with dog hair,” says Gnetz. Wag’n Tails’ maintenance instructions are easy to read and follow, and they know how a groomer thinks.

Safety is the key

Safety is another concern at Wag’n Tails, and regular maintenance reduces the chance of accidents. The alternator needs regular oil changes and tuning to not only operate at its best but safely. Gnetz has recently seen a rise in generator accidents, probably because with parts out of stock, if they can’t get their parts fixed quickly, a groomer might resort to using a portable generator. And it’s fine on a platform outside, but not inside, even in the back area, not even if the doors are open. Be careful not to stand near a building or bushes that may send emissions to you or cause the generator to overheat. Wag’n Tails’ Onan alternators are sealed and vented outside and under the vehicle. Carbon monoxide is a very real danger from a poorly installed generator and Gnetz recommends using a carbon monoxide detector installed in their trucks.

“It’s made for use in the marine industry, and on boats, so heat and humidity are unlikely to lead to a false reading,” Gnetz says.

These are available at West Marine, and every mobile nanny should have one with a high-quality smoke and propane detector if you’re using it for heating or power. And don’t forget the fire extinguisher.

Not everyone wants to do their own maintenance or even deep cleaning. that’s good. Just make sure you hire a reliable and thorough person to do this. Companies that service recreational vehicles may be able to suggest resources, or they may provide this type of service themselves. Even if you come in handy and like to do all the regular maintenance yourself, you should have a mechanic available that you have a relationship with in case something goes wrong with your engine.

Building a relationship with a mechanic

The mechanics will tell you to pay attention to starting and stopping. Any hint that something isn’t right – if it starts on one crank for six months and this morning it spins a few times before starting, tell your mechanic. Tires are a key component of what keeps your vehicle going and rolling straight. A good garage will look at your tires every time you get in, but you should too. Do the brakes pull to one side or the other when you turn them on? Check it out. A good mechanic will check all of these things at every oil change.

Find and keep a good auto repair company. Mobility care tools are so closely related to the proper function of that vehicle that they need someone they can really trust to take care of it and their livelihood. A nanny appreciates the loyalty of their customers – and good mechanics feel the same way. Just as we love a customer who values ​​our art, most people who are good at auto repair take pride in their work and enjoy explaining what they did, and a customer who appreciates their efforts.

Always have spare parts or a replacement plan available for everything.

“The only thing that should keep you from going over your schedule is engine or transmission failure,” says Gnetz. “If that happens, you have a plan.”

You can hire a friend’s salon, or provide a dog pickup and delivery to the location of your parked truck. Be as prepared as possible for anything.

Remember that your safety and the safety of your four clients may depend on your awareness and maintenance, as well as your livelihood.

My admiration for these bold breeders who have chosen to go mobile should come as no surprise because they are such wonderful people who provide a much-needed personalized service to a niche market in our industry. PB

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