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Description: Do you love working with animals, working from home and earning a living? If so, the Paw Pals Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Franchise is the perfect opportunity for you! Opportunities: Opportunities available throughout UK. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Investment: £12,995. Training Provided: Yes. Home-based: Yes. Part-time: Yes.


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Joanna Atherton, Paw Pals Bristol SW

Jo-Bristol.jpgIn early 2012, as a result of the recession, Joanna found herself affected by the mass redundancies facing so many of us at the time. She previously had huge prospects at work, with aspirations of promotion and a long term career within the company before firstly having to take a 20% pay cut, then finally involuntary redundancy.

But despite going through such a tough time and feeling unsure about her future, Joanna was able to turn this distressing situation into a positive one. She saw this was actually the opportunity and the ‘push’ she needed to fulfil her lifelong ambition: to own her own business.

“I decided I was going to really change my life and turn it into something completely new and adventurous. It’s strange but being made redundant really made me think about my goals and what is the most important to me and I felt ready to take a big step.”

Joanna had always had a passion for animals, especially dogs, being out and about walking whatever the weather! But being caught up in the rat race of city working life, she has not been able to have any pets of her own due to long working hours. She had thought lots of times that offering dog walking and pet sitting services could be the business opportunity for her, but was unsure if she could really make a success of it and if it was viable to ‘pay the bills’.

It wasn’t until she met Susanne Cooke, Managing Director of Paw Pals (UK) Ltd, that Joanna discovered a whole world of pet care.

“I spent some time experiencing what it would really be like in the day of a pet sitter with an existing Paw Pals franchisee. I knew then that I loved the idea of running my own business caring for all types of pets, not just dogs."

With the support and complete business start up from the Paw Pals franchise, she was able to stay focused through the whole redundancy process and make a really confident start to her new business venture.

“The experience so far has been amazing. I felt so unsure of my future but now I have a wonderful business, have met some great pets and am building a loyal client base. It’s hard work always thinking a step forward in terms of the business, but I enjoy the challenge and it is such a rewarding job. I love the hands on aspect and taking care of people’s beloved pets especially when they begin to know who I am and see me as part of their lives.”


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