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How to Launch a Business and Adopt an Animal Companion at the Same Time
You've finally decided to take the plunge and start your dream business, and at the same time, a little, furry companion has arrived to join your family. This is enough to make anyone feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes, but you can navigate starting a business and adopting an animal by following a few tips and tricks.
Getting Your Business Off the Ground
You certainly have plenty to think about as you get your business off the ground. You have to decide on your company's business structure, for one thing. Consider forming a limited liability company. This structure can provide tax benefits, increased flexibility, and limited personal liability in case something goes wrong. Arkansas has unique rules around forming an LLC, so you may want to consider hiring a formation service to save time and work.
You also need a detailed business plan that lays out your business's description, tasks, organization, roles, products or services, budget, and marketing strategies. Having all this information right in front of you helps you stay on track as you launch your business.
Keeping Your Companion Close
As you start and build your business, keep your animal close to you, so you can provide comfort and monitor behavior as they settle in. If you work at home, this is unlikely to be much of a problem. Consider putting a bed for your companion in the corner of your home office. When you meet with clients, though — if that's part of your job — put your animal in another room temporarily so they don't become a distraction.
Finding Some Help
If, however, you work away from home, you may want to find someone to help you care for your new companion while you're building your business at your workplace. Perhaps you have a family member who's willing to check on or stay with them. If not, consider hiring a sitter to do the job — at least while your companion is adapting to their new home. If your animal is a dog, think about finding a trainer or obedience classes to get them off to a good start.
Developing a Routine
As you juggle your business, your new adopted animal, and your other responsibilities, your best bet is to develop a routine. Try to set regular working hours for yourself, and stick to them. You may sometimes need to make exceptions, but do get into the habit of setting your work aside and spending time with your companion. Also, get them used to waking up, eating, exercising, and going to bed at regular times so that they’re less likely to interrupt your work by begging for attention.
Enjoying Your Business and Your Animal Companion
You can handle starting a business and adopting a new animal at the time if you stay organized, make good decisions, and get some help when you need it. In fact, your companion may just become your business's new mascot.
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