Creative Profile: PupVenture
Meet Lauren and Alison
I was lucky enough to meet Alison through an amazing Reddit Ladies Group (because Yes that is totally a thing) and discovered not only is she fun and amazing but she is a badass lady boss. As someone who is constantly on location for shoots I knew I needed a reliable, fun, and trustworthy person to take care of my pups while I'm away.
These two are nothing short of amazing. They come to your home, walk your dogs, give them all the love and attention they need, throw ball, and send you photos and updates every time they stop by. If my pup's smiling faces on the screen are any indication of how much they love these two I know your pups will love them just as much!
Interested in learning more - Read Below or visit their website here.
How did you get started? How did you know you wanted to start this business?
We had known each other when we both worked in the DTR bartending community, and both needed a change. Lauren got work at a doggie daycare and a locally owned natural dog and cat supply store. Alison started walking dogs and doing pet sitting on the side. Over brunch one day we connected on our love of pets and our desire to start a business that treated pets as we would want ours to be treated - like family.
What is the hardest thing about being a small business owner?
Although it is a very rewarding aspect of owning your own small business, scheduling time off for yourself can be challenging. The thing people don't realize about a dog walking business in Raleigh is how much driving we do! Because we prefer to give a personalized experience to each of our clients and because of how spread out Raleigh is, we spend a lot of time in our cars!
What are some of the pros and cons of your business?
Pro: Hanging out with dogs all day
Con: Hanging out with dogs ALL DAY.
What is your favorite part about your job?
All the amazing pets we get to develop amazing relationships with and to hopefully enrich the lives of by providing a personalized service.
Tell Us about your services.
- Dog Walks - 30 minute walks that focus on good leash manners and exercise
- Drop Ins - 30 minute visits that are our response to pet sitting. We visit the dogs up to 4 times a day for personalized care, attention, exercise, and feeding.
- Overnight Camp - your pet comes to stay at either Lauren or Alison's house! Doggy Camp!
- Wedding Services - want your pet at your wedding or for your engagement photos, but still want to enjoy your day? We're here to help with that!
And all services include picture and updates sent to you!
What are some goals you have for your business?
To continue to develop a clientele of pets that become a part of our extended family
What piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in their small business?
Be sure you love and have a passion for whatever business you start, because getting started is a lot of work so you must truly enjoy and feel fulfilled doing so.
What do you use most for marketing? What is your favorite social media platform?
We primarily use word of mouth marketing - networking the community and building trustworthy relationships with our clients who go on to recommend us to their friends, family, and neighbors. Our favorite social media platform is Instagram because it's fun and we get to share all of our incredibly cute furry friends with the world.