In Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Michael Joseph walks two dogs: his and Remy, who belongs to two young professionals who work from their nearby home but are mired in their daily routines.
The best decision he made three years ago, Michael Joseph admits, was to become a dog walker, having just earned his real estate agent license in the Big Apple.
I started in July 2019, right before the pandemic. We grew up really, really quickly, and then I had 95% of my clients who left New York during the confinement period. Everything stoppedHe says.
Gradually, his clients reconnected, and in 2022, when everyone began to return to the offices, his business picked up strongly.
Today, at his company Parkside Pups, he runs a team of nine dog walkers. Rather, he hopes to create a comprehensive payroll system and offer benefits to those who practice it.
How much does this service cost?
Half an hour is $20, an hour is $25 and two hours is $35. People always ask me why you have to pay $5 extra for an extra 30 minutes. I think all dogs deserve time outdoors, even if they only want a 30-minute walk. They probably want to stay outside for another 30 minutes, if they have the option.He says.
$200,000 a year?
By the way, do you walk dogs for $20 a half hour pay?
Michael Joseph replies with a big smile:
I earned $120,000 USD in 2022. In the past two years I have grown 250%. Last year we had 150% growth. I think that shows you that we are on the right track and I expect my goal this year to be between $180K and $200K.
Remy’s owners, Prashanth Selvam and Lucy Siri, did not hesitate to use the services of Michael Joseph to bring out their two-year-old dog. They adopted him during the pandemic, Prashanth says, and since moving to Brooklyn, their dog has been easy to walk.
He just loves to see other dogs and loves to walk a lot. See how happy he isLucy Siri explains.
Bethany Lane became a dog walker 12 years ago, starting her Whistling Wag Company.
I needed to pay my bills, rent, and student loans. I posted a classified ad and saw that someone was willing to pay me money to walk dogs, which in my opinion was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of, because I love to walk dogs for fun, for freeyou remember.
Since then, it has employed six employees and mainly runs the business.
I had to take a step back from walking. Which is a bit unfortunate, because that’s actually my favorite part of the job.says Bethany Lynn.
Focused on a very personal service, with one or two dogs max on each outing. Her hourly rate is kept confidential, she says, because it all depends on the needs and personality of the dog and his handlers.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, more than 23 million American families — or nearly one in five nationally — have adopted a dog or cat during the pandemic. With Americans back in the office, someone has to walk all those pandemic puppies.
No wonder, then, that the profession has attracted so many people. But, according to Bethany Lane, you have to be very reliable, because it’s a very demanding job. You have to be ready to go outside every day, no matter the weather.
Michael Joseph and his wife, with whom he works on Parkside Pups, are full of projects.
We want to open a dog daycare in New York, and we dream of opening a kennel for dogs on ten hectares of land in New Jersey so that we can bring my clients there from New York for longer periods.he explains.
Bethany Lane made enough money to buy a house in New Jersey to spend the weekends there. His other cash cow remains to watch dogs for those who go on vacation. With these two things, it guarantees good income growth, even if it wants its business to remain at the human level.
When asked if she ever thought about making a living, Bethany Lynn answered candidly:
It was my dream. That’s what I wanted. Dream of financial success as a key.
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