Excerpt from an article appearing in the Salem News on September 17th, 2018
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in an occasional series where we explore the variety of occupations held by North Shore residents. We’re curious to find out why people do the jobs they do, learn more about the local economy, and understand how different professions impact the community. Know someone with an interesting vocation? Email your suggestion to HGreen@salemnews.com.
Nancy Beaurpere is the owner of Dingo’s Dogsitting in Beverly. She started the business while living in Brighton in 2008 and relocated to her Beverly location in 2014 after moving to Swampscott. At Dingo’s, she takes care of 30 to 40 dogs a day, on average.
Why did you start your own dogsitting business?
“I always really loved dogs. When I was little people would call me the ‘Dog Girl’ because I would literally bring my dogs with me everywhere. … When I graduated college in 2006, I was working with my dad at a trucking company that he owned and there was a warehouse there. And at the time I adopted a puppy, Dingo, and I was bringing her into the warehouse with me to work, but she was bored! A puppy needs a lot of exercise and social interaction. So I put an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone wanted to drop off their dog so Dingo would have someone to play with during the day for free. No one responded. So I re-posted the Craigslist ad but put a price on the service. It was then that people started responding. My first lesson in perceived value! From there I realized I could do a lot of side gigs that were in keeping with my love of dogs, so I could work at the trucking company but then do dog walking on my lunch breaks and boarding on weekends etc. So Dingo’s started off small but it snowballed quickly.”
What’s your favorite part about your job?
“I really like being my own boss, there’s obviously pros and cons to that, but it’s nice especially because I have a young son and can tailor my schedule around him. The other great thing about being your own boss is that you can figure out what you like to do and delegate out the rest. Obviously it’s also fun to be around the dogs – no one goes into this industry unless they love dogs.
What’s your least favorite part about your job?
“Probably the most challenging part is the fact that even though I’m making my own schedule, as a business owner, especially in a service business, you’re really on 24/7. I’m never able to turn off my phone for any long stretch. There’s an expectation that you’re going to be available for your clients and your staff no matter what day or time it is so it can be difficult to remain present with a young family when you’re conscious of that all the time.”