My Day - The Run Down Part 3 (Behind the Scenes)

This blog post is a continuation of Part 1 ( and Part 2 (

To continue the official "Run Down" of a dog walkers day, I can't forget to mention all the Behind the Scenes stuff that I end up doing. For all you small business owners out there, I'm sure you can relate to me when I say the work is never-ending and there is never enough time.

Some of my daily/weekly duties include:

- Scheduling current clients

- Communicating with clients

- Setting up meetings with current or new clients if needed

- Posting on social media (thank goodness for Facebook scheduled posts!)

- Writing blog posts

Some of my monthly duties include:

- Invoicing and managing payments

- Tracking expenses and mileage

- Cleaning my car (this is more of a bi-weekly thing when I'm lucky)

- Email updates (and a newsletter every quarter)

Besides the ongoing things that come with running a business, I am constantly thinking about my business model, how I schedule, what I can do better, how I can connect more with clients, and generally plotting and scheming. What all this plotting and scheming gets me is an arm's length of a "to do" list that includes things likes: develop brand, design new logo, update the website, update policies, create marketing material, write a book, develop training method... And if I'm lucky, maybe some of those things will actually get done in the next year or so.

On the individual Holly side, I am still involved in playing music which keeps me busy. One band that I'm a part of plays not too often but we are (slowly) working towards writing and recording material for our second album. The other band that I play with plays every Friday night at a neighbourhood pub. So I'm doing that between 2 and 4 nights a month.

{For those of you that don't know: I play drums. Often bluesy rocky kind of stuff. I went to school for Jazz back in the day, but my jazz chops have mostly disappeared in the years since finishing school.}

On the other individual Holly side, I am often away over the weekends to spend time with my partner who works in the mountains. It can be quite challenging to organize my week to allow myself the free time to get away, but it is a really nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Until next time, happy trails

Holly, Duke and Jax