If you are reading this, statistics show me it is because you did a google search. This is one of THE most asked questions amongst pet sitters and dog walkers. How should I pay my pet sitting employees is such a loaded question, that the answer is gray. Here’s what I mean:
How Much To Pay Your Pet Sitting Employees Has Nothing To Do With Your Competition.
The first thing that any pet sitting and dog walking business owner does is ask on Facebook what others are paying their staff. They seem to think that if they pay what others are paying, that it can be justified. It is very common for business owners to look outward to see what everyone else is doing
How Much to Pay Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Employees Has Nothing To Do With What You Feel Either
Another common reasoning I hear a lot of is “I feel bad if I don’t pay my employees a lot” I would want more money if I was working for me. “I want them to feel happy that they are working for me and they will be happy if they get a lot of money.” I’m sorry, but wrong reasoning again.
How Much You Should Pay Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Employees Should Depend On What You Can Afford.
In the Pet Sitting Pricing and Strategy Guide I walk pet sitters step by step how to come up with their own perfect price based off of facts and then matched with their personal fiscal goals. I also show how to apply a principal where you always have enough money for you, the owner, your staff, and the business. This results in a well funded business, employees that are always paid, and a business owner with a regular paycheck. The numbers tell you exactly how much you can afford to pay your pet sitting and dog walking employees so you can feel confident when hiring.
How Should I Pay My Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Employees?
Depending on which way your CPA and lawyer advise you on your State Labor laws there are a few ways you can do this:
1. You can pay by the hour. You would track the time they start and stop work and you would have to pay at least minimum wage over time.
2. You could pay piece work. That means $x/per each visit or walk. This is very popular amongst the industry.
3. You could pay a commission based off how much the client is charged.
At any rate, I would highly recommend calling your State Department of Labor and ask them about the Labor Laws in your area and what your responsibilities are as a business owner in your state. 🙂 They are there to happily answer your questions!
How You Should Pay Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Employees Isn’t A One Size Fits All Answer.
All businesses are operated differently and have very different goals so the answer of what to pay and how to pay will vary from business to business. The very best answer you can get is from your team. People that know your business the best, and the laws of the land in which you live! 🙂 But my best advice? Know exactly how much YOU want to make and how to make your business work for YOU!
You can download my step-by-step worksheet download my class so you can come up with your own numbers!
Let Your Employees Know When They Will Be Paid And How In Your Employee Handbook.
Your employee handbook should explain everything your employees need to know about the policies and procedures of your company. Above, we discussed ways in which you can compensate them. In your employee handbook you will outline exactly what their job is that they get paid for, how to submit payroll and when. If you do not have a handbook yet, I have an Employee Handbook and Training Manual that are completely written for you here