People love their pets, making the pet industry a million dollar business. That why a business like Playground Pups fits so well in New York City.
Gail Nord was determined to launch a business in an industry she was passionate about. Without the help of the government or bank loans, she went out and started a business taking care of dogs while their owners are busy or away, reports FOX Business.
â€œTo make a long story short, I decided after 20 years of managing audio/video post production facilities both in New York and San Francisco, that I was tired of running other people’s businesses and I also felt that I was stuck in an industry that had changed dramatically and I was no longer interested in,â€ she tells me. â€œMy passion has always been dogs and I decided to follow my passion, as they say.” Nice story to hear amidst the Prozac crankiness and the gloomy atmosphere, right?
â€œI left my job and began researching opening a dog daycare facility on the upper west side. I knew it was the right location – home to dog and baby lovers, so I knew I would have a built-in client base,â€ Gail says.
Next step was getting money to start the business. And just like the situation so many businesspeople are now facing, thatâ€™s where the dream began to crumble.
â€œI had to self-finance, which involved a second mortgage and the steady decimation of both my old 401k and my son’s college fund,â€ she says. â€œNot fun.â€
Business has taken off.
â€œSo now my business is skyrocketing (knock on wood), and we are beginning to look for our second location which we hope to open next spring or sooner if possible,â€ Gail says. â€œI was able to create just the type of place that I envisioned – warm, intimate, personal, and staffed with qualified people who love and respect dogs. Every day that I walk in here, I am filled with joy when I greet my beautiful â€˜clientsâ€™ as they arrive each morning.â€
Logo from Playground Pups
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