From House Call to Trailer Grooming
Hi Groomers, I'm going on my 12th year house call anniversary @ the end of October this year and now I'm seriously looking at small grooming trailers. However, I'm on a see saw of decision making. Outside of some known parking issues (places I go to & know that trailer will not work), I think it would suit me better then the other options. I'm way to frugal to go a van route. Won't touch it with a ten foot pole, but think the trailer is priced well enough to still be able to put money in my pocket, while adding those payments, extra insurance and etc., to all else that goes out.
After over a decade of running a full time house call grooming service, I'm timid of the change, because I've got house call down to a science and that trailer is whole new thing. Every other year, I've attended the Atlanta Pet Fair, taking seminars all weekend long. So I've kept up on education and I read our grooming mags consistantly. Change is always a big step for me & I'd greatly appreciate any experienced groomer feed back on venturing into this route. My worries are the economy, fuel prices are rising now and we seem to be going back to Iraq war. My clients are faithful, wonderful and I'm blessed to have them, however, alot of folks are struggling because things have changed. However, I've worked really hard all these years and really would love to reward myself with the idea of having my very own grooming space to take with me, at least most of the time. House call is not the easiest way to make a living as a groomer, but the pay off has been the least in overhead and has enabled my other financial goals to happen. Plus, I never had to pay for a gym membership, (lol, making light of all that hard work). Competition has grown in my area, but I'm at the point where that trailer will be my only financed ordeal.
I'm so on the fence, Any Toughts, Please?