Mobile or Salon – What is Right for You? (Part 1 of 2)
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Lisa Leady and Suesan Watson are both extremely knowledgeable in the world of professional pet grooming.
- Both live just outside of Chicago Illinois.
- Both are Certifiers for the National Dog Groomers Association of America.
- Both are award-winning pet stylists.
- Both have represented the USA in international grooming competitions.
- Both are popular industry educators around the globe.
Plus, both have worked in salons, been salon owners, and have owned mobile grooming vans.
They bring a WEALTH of first-hand experience to this lesson’s topic!
This is an insightful discussion about the positive and negative attributes of different types of grooming environments.
Which is right for you?
It depends! There is no right or wrong to this topic. It totally hinges on YOU and what YOU want!
Join Lisa and Sue as they share their experiences working in all types of grooming operations. They share with you the good. The bad. Plus, lots of personal thoughts in between.
In this video you will learn:
- What you need to be a successful mobile groomer
- A few of the pitfalls of mobile grooming
- What they like best about mobile grooming
- Basic legal responsibilities of mobile operations vs salon-based grooming
- Why it’s important to do your homework before choosing either one.
Approximate total running time: 26:37 minutes
Session A: Where should you start your career? The pros and cons of mobile grooming while building your clientele (15:25)
Session B: More pros and cons of mobile grooming over salon-based operations (11:12)
Lisa Leady is a third generation groomer, with over 25 years experience. She is also a clinician, speaker, Certified Master Groomer, and Certifier for IPG.
She has many Best All Around and Best in Show placements.
Lisa is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Congeniality Award.
In 2002 Lisa sold her shop of ten years and began a new career as a grooming school instructor.
After five years in the classroom, Lisa has made the move to mobile. She is now the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile Pet Salon based in Genoa, Illinois.
Lisa is currently a GroomTeam Board Member.
She has completed the Judge’s Orientation/Training Class required by the United Showmanagers Alliance, and was approved as a Sanctioned Judge.
Business Name(s): Primp My Pooch
Business Address: 712 Tyler St.
Genoa, IL 60135
Business Phone: (815) 333-5197
Vendor Associate: Wahl Extreme Team Member
GroomTeam Affiliation: She has been a GroomTeam USA member since 2000. In 2004 she qualified to travel with GroomTeam to France, where she helped bring home the silver medal, and also went to Italy in 2007.
AKC Exhibitor Breeds: Shown and bred champion Smooth Fox Terriers.
Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A “Certified Master Groomer”, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, serving the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area. Sue is proud to be part of Wahl’s “Extreme Team” and is approved by the “United Show Managers’ Alliance” as a “Sanctioned Judge”.
She began grooming competitively in 1995, and has received many class and group placings. Sue is a winner of the “Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year” award, and only recipient of three consecutive “Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year”. In addition, Suesan has been nominated multiple times for “Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year”, and Cardinal “Congeniality” awards.
Making “Groom Team USA” in 2000, Suesan was in the top five positions for five years in a row, before retiring from competing to become a judge in 2005. Her 2004 placings garnered her the honor of competing with the “Groom Team USA Travel Team” in France, in 2005; with the USA team placing second, only one point behind France. Sue also won “Best Clipping” recognition with her Mini-Poodle in the “individual open class”, at the same competition.
Her keen eye for dogs, understanding of the “standards” and knowledge of grooming techniques, coupled with her pleasant demeanor, has made Sue a sought after competition judge and speaker, both in the United States and abroad. And with a natural ability to communicate grooming techniques to others in an understanding and often-humorous way, she regularly draws crowds at her seminars and grooming demonstrations around the country. Sue also does private hands-on seminars with individuals and smaller shop groups.
Annually, Suesan teams up with her sister to produce and manage a “Class B” grooming competition in conjunction with the “Chicagoland Family Pet Expo”. This venue allows less experienced groomers to be introduced to competitive grooming in a not so intimidating arena and then continue on to larger shows as their confidence and experience builds. The competition has been very popular with not only the groomers but the average attendees of the show who normally do not see regular grooming competitions.