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KitKat84

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What's been your experience? I've been thinking about a shop.
curtism

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Shops make more. Multiple dogs at once.
curtism

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Mobilers closing left and right. Winter is killing them. Stay away! Shops make waaaay more!
Raleighgroomingacademy

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Before I started training groomers and had a regular shop I would say hands down a shop makes more money. The mobile grooming van had much higher monthly expenses. When you add in insurance, van payment and most importantly upkeep the costs are much higher. Just looking at costs up front my shop has more standard costs per month and mobile looks cheaper. I was making less per hour in the van and working 7 days a week. Not because I had dogs to groom. I was getting oil changes, new filters, new spark plugs, generator not working, van needs new tires, a/c is acting funny, have to fill the propane, need gas, fill tires, deep clean van, filling and dumping water daily. Dealing with weather changes involved getting the hose unfrozen, winterizing the van, dealing with snow and water freezing in pipes. You also couldn't groom as many pets, sometimes had to drive around the block three times to find a parking spot. In the shop I could groom eight pets with the same energy for 4 pets in a mobile van. Mobile works well for some but for me it's personally not my favorite. The van was only around 3 years old when I sold it and it had gone into its third generator (at selling time it was replaced), new tires and about 5k worth of small repairs added up. I think the van new was 65k?


Here's the thing, mobile was still an excellent way to start off and get my name out. Would I do it again? Yes.
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