When I adopted Loki, I thouroughly enjoyed training him. I delved in deep to understand everything I could about the training world. I got good at it. And in September I had my three weekend slots perpetually full and couldn't take any more clients. Since I didn't want to use up any more free time on work, I decided to take the plunge. Mid-September, I quit my job and started dog training full time.
Getting a business off the ground has been rough. So much to do. So much to learn. A lot of energy went into redesigning my website. I had to figure out how to do so many things. So many hours went into it. But, I'm quite happy with the final product. I even have a Storefront where I can sell things.
When I started, I wanted to do "basic training for beginning dogs" and I called myself the "Puppy Tutor". I've moved on from that, however. I think I may need to rebrand with a new name and web address. I want something that doesn't make it sound like I only work with puppies and beginning dogs. Some thought will need to go into this. Rebranding will mean changing quite a bit (like paying for a new address, business cards, reprinting flyers, etc.).
Thankfully, business is picking up. I live frugally, so my cost of living is less than most. I have a (very) part-time job on the side to help with the bills. Between the two, I'll be able to make it, but I also want to improve my situation while keeping my costs affordable.
On the family front, I lost another family member this year: my brother. Last year I lost my dad. Painful.