Managing a New Pet and Business

​Starting a new business is an exciting and never ending responsibility. When you add the work required in welcoming a new pet, it can all quickly become overwhelming.

Whether Starting New Business From Home or Otherwise

Whether you are starting a new business from home or otherwise, adding a pet to the mix can lead to significant disruptions if you don’t have a plan in place. No matter where you got your pet from, be it from a shelter or rescued through Pet Parents Place, you need to take care of it properly. And no matter what kind of business you are starting, these strategies can help you balance the two so you can be productive as you settle into the life of a pet parent.

Getting Organized

Many people function at their best when they create a schedule that keeps them on task. Organizing your days helps you maintain the pace and ensures that your new companion feels secure and safe in their new home. A benefit of owning a business is the ability to create your own schedule, which offers you the freedom to get a routine going for you and your new pet. Suppose you tend to overwork or need a reminder to move on to the next part — use a good time management application or software. It allows you to organize your day based on what you need to do and what your pet needs. Just make sure you set some time for both you and your pet to get moving.

Learn to Delegate

​Being your own boss is one of the most amazing things about starting your own business, but it also brings with it several challenges. Rather than having to focus on one task, you’ll have a long list of things you need to tackle and cannot ignore. When you also consider the demands of a new pet, the list could get exhausting. Rather than handling everything yourself, learn to work with other people and delegate so that you have enough time to tend to your new companion and expand your startup.

Hire a Freelancer

Hiring a freelancer for various tasks is an excellent idea, especially if you don’t need permanent help or don’t want to handle the complicated process of hiring someone as a full-time employee. Some business tasks, such as web design, graphic creation, and accounting are best delegated to a freelancer if they’re not in your wheelhouse. Start by posting a job ad on freelance online platforms to find reliable and professional candidates. For instance, if you’re looking for someone to design your website, review profiles of web designers, as well as compare reviews, rates, and portfolios, before making a choice.

Create Separate Areas for Separate Activities

This step is crucial if your business is home-based. Your pet should have designated feeding and play areas, and you should have a working area and a relaxation zone in the house. These can be in the same room — especially if you’re working with a small space — but there must be a delineation of sorts.

Have Everything You Need

You need to be prepared, so make sure you buy all the necessary pet supplies for your new friend. There are a few things to consider, though, as you shop. For instance, you might find it easier to install a nanny cam to keep an eye on your pet while working. There are cameras created for these kinds of situations — some allow you to watch your new companion from your smartphone, while others can even dispense treats.

It is Feasible to Welcome a New Pet and Start a New Business

In conclusion, even though it might not be easy, it is entirely feasible to welcome a new pet while starting a new business. Creating a schedule, staying organized, learning to delegate, and designating areas in your home for you and your pet can help you raise both babies with relative ease.


If you’re looking to adopt, foster, or sponsor a pet, or just browse for more information, explore the resources on Pet Parents’ Place today.

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