Career Start Report – Page 27

Get Involved and Stay Involved

At the end of this career report, our best advice is to get involved and stay involved. You can do that now, even before your career has started. Plenty of groomers don’t go to trade shows or subscribe to grooming publications; we could go on. It’s a shame. There’s always more to learn in this field, but it’s up to you. It can be a job, or it can be a career that brings you joy and pride. The latter usually comes from staying proactive in your industry and never closing yourself off from learning more.

Many hardworking people have taken the time to create new outlets for grooming education and events. Their numbers are at a record high. Support your industry. Build a professional library. Subscribe to serial publications.

Join associations. Attend trade shows. When you own a grooming business, learn more about small business management. You can sit back and earn your living from pet grooming, but you can keep the excitement going. Don’t overwork. Return to; we’re always growing, and there is no end.

Participate here. Thousands are coming by each week, and there’s plenty more room for you. We’re always looking at ways to get more information out, but you are in the driver’s seat to make your career what you want it to be. People come into grooming for the joy of working with pets and stay in love with that idea. We are living proof that if you hear about “groomer stress” or ‘groomer burnout,” it is real, but we said “No!” Whatever it was creating it, which was in the past mostly a lack of information, unlike today, we never accepted it.

We studied, conquered, opened ourselves to new ideas, talked with other groomers, stayed out of gossip and politics, and learned small business management. Now 55 years later, we still love our industry.

We see its weaknesses and challenges, but they are outweighed by the great aspects of pet grooming and those wonderful pets who gave us thousands. We are people, and people do occasionally get into ruts. Come on! Join us! Maybe you will never get into a ditch with others because we have given you so much information and leads to others. But you’re bound to run into some with burnout. Good, give them a lift. Spread your inspiration. Keep up with the latest; stay frosty! That’s what the world of is all about. If anything is special about us, it’s nothing that isn’t possible with you. We never accepted that we couldn’t have all the prosperity we wanted from this industry-wide-open opportunity today. We simply got involved; over 50 years later, we’re still involved!

Staying informed is important. Here are some suggestions:

Magazines & Newsletters

For our list of suggested magazines and newsletters, we suggest the following:

Grooming Associations

For a list of associations, click here. On the page, look for the ad category for Associations.

Calendar of Events

There is an industry calendar on this website.

GroomerTALK Community & GroomWise™ Blogs

Join the Talk with Pet Groomers and Grooming Career Seekers

Join with only your email address. Click the banner above. Be sure to read the GroomWise℠ Blogs listed on the Home Page here. They are some of the most popular in the grooming industry, and some have won top honors. Classified Ads

One of the busiest marketplaces for groomers is Classified Ads. Place FREE ads in the Help Wanted & Job Search and Used Products & Equipment sections. Advertising in other sections is positively cheap too! To read the ads updated daily year-round, click here.

Find A Groomer Directory for Pet Owners

If you choose self-employment, publish a website for your business. Advertise your grooming business at no charge at Find A Groomer Directory for pet owners at There are several other groomers offering directories for pet owners.


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