Easy Things You Can Do to Help a New Pet Feel at Home While Also Starting a New Business
Bringing a new pet home is an exciting time, but it requires a lot of effort to help your newest family member feel safe and comfortable. This becomes even more challenging when you’re also starting a home-based business at the same time. Fortunately, if you have a plan in place, you can make both life changes happen as smoothly as possible. P.E.T.S. shares some things you can do to help a new pet feel at home while you’re also starting a new business.
Create a Safe Space for Your Pet
One of the first things you should do when adopting a furry family member is create a safe space for them. Just like people, pets need an area to call their own. You can create a special spot for them in any area of your home, but you may want to put it near your office or even inside your office. That way your pet will feel comfortable knowing you’re near. Your pet’s area should include a bed, some shelving where food and other belongings can be kept, and perhaps a comforting toy or two. The main idea is to make the space as comfortable and inviting as possible so your pet can acclimate to their new home.
Set Your Business up Correctly
Bringing a new pet home can be stressful, so it’s important to make sure you’re not adding to that stress by operating your business improperly. When you’re first starting out, it’s essential to figure out what type of business structure is most appropriate for your new venture. Many small business owners prefer the ease with which they can set up a limited liability company. An LLC can provide several advantages over other business types, such as minimal paperwork, tax advantages, and greater flexibility. Just make sure you take the time to research your state’s laws regarding LLC formation so you do it correctly. You can avoid lawyer fees by using a formation service to help you get your business started, but be sure to read evaluations from other customers first (e.g., ZenBusiness reviews).
Establish a Routine
One of the most important things you can do when starting a business while also welcoming a new pet to your home is to establish a routine from the start. This routine should include key things such as your daily work start and end time and regular breaks. During your breaks, make sure you take care of your pet’s needs by letting them out to go to the bathroom, playing a quick game of fetch, or dedicating some time to belly rubs.
Pay Attention to Your Pet’s Cues
Your pet’s needs won’t always correspond with your scheduled work breaks. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your furry friend’s cues. They may indicate a need for a bathroom break by whining, standing by the outside door, or approaching you to get your attention. You can also teach your pet certain bathroom cues, such as ringing a bell, barking at the door, or barking at you. Choose a cue that you’ll notice, even when you’re in the middle of an email or work project.
These are just a few of the things you can do to be successful as a business owner and a pet owner. They’re easy to implement, so give them a try today and enjoy your new pet!
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Author: Aurora James of dogetiquette.info.