October marks National Women’s Small Business month—a time to recognize the accomplishments of women small business owners and their contributions to the economy.
DaySmart Software, makers of 123Pet, has always been invested in the growth of women in business. In fact, 85% of our customers are female-owned businesses. With that, we wanted to highlight some of our most inspiring female customers.
Women Small Business Owners
Rachel Ann’s Country Clips
Rachel Ann Stalcoskie is the owner of Rachel Ann’s Country Clips in Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania. Rachel knew she was born to work with animals—getting certified as a vet technician, working at zoos and kennels, and finally training to become a groomer. Her biggest advice to women who want to pursue careers in the grooming profession is to take a business course. Groomers are artistic and it’s important to understand business management, too.
Due to her background as a vet tech, Rachel Ann always documents important information on the animals that come into her shop. She uses 123Pet to keep track of any ailments and what treatments were applied on what date for every single client.
Calling All Paws
Calling All Paws is a mobile pet grooming business run by Abbey Trobe in Lake County, Illinois. Abbey wanted to provide a lower-stress environment for animals, where they can get the one-on-one attention they deserve. In her early days as a business owner, Abbey said it was hard to get more experienced entrepreneurs, especially men, to take her seriously. Her best advice for women who want to be groomers is to ask other women in business for insight—they want you to succeed.
As a mobile groomer, Abbey loves the mobile functionality of 123Pet software. Instead of using paper calendars, her staff can focus on grooming and getting to the next client.
Colleen Medere is the owner of Bubble Puppy, a self-serve pet wash and full-service grooming salon in Trenton, Michigan, complete with a pool for dogs. Before becoming a business owner, Colleen was a bookkeeper for more than 20 years. She started grooming as a single mom to save money. Her advice to aspiring groomers is, “If you’re not passionate, don’t bother. It’s not about the money, it’s about the dogs.”
Colleen uses 123Pet to make all the different elements of her business—from the daycare to the pool—look cohesive, especially when it comes to one dashboard for booking appointments.
Scrubbers Dog Wash
Nikki Budaj is the owner of Scrubbers Dog Wash, which has three locations in Royal Oak, West Bloomfield and Rochester Hills, Michigan. When Nikki took over, she felt that much of the market hadn’t been tapped into yet, and there was no advertising, no marketing or SEO on the company website. Everything was pen and paper or word of mouth, and she saw that there was still a lot that could be done. Now she uses 123Pet on every computer and phone and says it’s been a lifesaver coming from the shop’s original pen and paper model.
Nikki’s advice to aspiring women entrepreneurs? If you want to open a business, take the following steps: do your research, know the demographics in your area and look at what your competition is charging. Know exactly what you’re getting into before opening up a shop. You’re going to have a lot of questions, so have a lawyer and an accountant on call.
Pet Software for Women Small Business Owners
To learn how our 123Pet software can grow not just female-owned businesses, but all small pet services businesses, visit our product page here.