Hi, I'm after some very early advice from anyone who has already gone through the process of setting themselves as offering professional dog walking services. I'm seriously considering quitting the rat race after almost 30 years in sales in search of something more rewarding. My current role is well paid but I'm sick and tired of all the corporate nonsense and would rather do something that I enjoy, working with and being around dogs. Not that I'm not a people person because I am (you need to be in sales), but dogs are more trusting, loving, appreciative than most people in my industry. So....how do I make the big leap? It's a tough decision when the fat salary gets paid into the bank every month, with bonuses, plus paid holidays (28 days plus BH's), sick pay and a decent pension contribution. I can almost sense your thoughts, "why would you give up all that"? Quite simply, it's because as I am becoming more 'seasoned' and experienced in life (turned 50 recently) I am looking at doing something which will give me better job satisfaction coupled with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This isn't a mid-life crisis, it's a wake up call! I am genuinely interested in any information out there that can help me make the initial steps to this life changing decision. How did you start out? How long did it take to become established? Did you quit and start up or start up and then quit? how many days per week do you work to make a living. How many dogs do you walk a day to make the business viable and are they solo walks or groups or mixture? What transport did you start out with and progress to? Is the job rewarding, even in the bleak winter months (I'm an outdoor guy so not put off by weather)? How do you manage the business whilst you take holidays through the year (assuming you do)? What is a typical charge for walks (solo and group) an for what duration is typical for the walks? Do you run the business alone or is the business successful enough to sustain 2 persons (2 person team / man & wife team etc) I could throw out more questions but there's plenty there to get started. I'm not 'barking mad' (see what I did there ). Our family have always had dogs and we currently have 2 Cockapoos and have owned various breeds in the past so we know how to handle dogs of all shapes, ages, sizes and behaviours. Sorry for the long message, you can tell hopefully that I am serious about this! I look forward (hopefully) to some helpful feedback and guidance tips.