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Every dog has their day: We chat with Devin Familton, Owner of BAARK Dog.

Meet Devin Familton, the owner of BAARK Dog, whose commitment to canine well-being goes beyond the ordinary. We got to speak with Devin and got the story behind his Melbourne based dog grooming business. 

Could you tell us a bit about your business?

Devin: Baark is a small dog grooming boutique located in Prahran, Melbourne. We specialise in small – medium breeds and offer all styles of cuts as well as a retail space filled with boutique dog products.

What was your inspiration to take the leap and start Baark?

Devin: Originally from New Zealand, I had a well established dog groomers in Oamaru called “Baarkers”. Selling the business and moving across the ditch, I went down a different career path and decided to step away from dog grooming. After struggling to get my own dog into the groomers and talking to others that were also struggling to find a dog groomer I decided I should be proactive and make the most of the demand that was around.

Can you share anything you wish you knew before starting Dog grooming?

Devin: Before starting I wish I knew how difficult handling dogs (and their owners lol) would be. Not every dog is a perfect angel that loves being groomed, and one wrong cut and you’ll be hearing about it from the owners.

I’m super proactive and have a good understanding on how things work, But I wish I knew a bit more of the behind the scene stuff like accounting and tax etc which has always been daunting to me.

I wish I also knew a bit more about marketing. We’ve managed to book up pretty quickly, but I wish I could push the business a bit more.

How do you stay inspired and ahead of the curve in your space?

Devin: Having a team of fun motivated employees and a great clientele is really the base of it. A happy client is the most rewarding thing and is what makes me love what I do.

Ensuring the space is filled with new and exciting products and trying to make every week a little different is also important too.

What advice would you give to other business owners about managing their bookkeeping/tax/financial admin?

Devin: Save yourself the hassle and stress and sign up to Sleek. Everythings done for you, just sit back, do your job and let sleek to the things you shouldn’t be focusing on.

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