"I started my own pet sitting business back in 2002 as a way to escape my parents home and have freedom! Getting paid to sleepover with dogs, I mean come on it couldn't be that easy!
Before too long the business was growing and there wasn't enough of me to go around so I started to take on some employees to help me. This was wonderful, I was making money while I was wasn't doing the job! YAY!
As I grew I started building a mini team. And that wonderful feeling of getting paid for work I wasn't physically doing started to feel not so great.
My phone kept blowing up, sitter after sitter with questions about EVERYTHING!! Bella what should I do, Bella I can't find the leash, Bella is this ok, Bella it's hot outside, Bella, Bella Bella... It never ended! Sound Familiar?!
I couldn't go on like this. I was starting to bring work everywhere with me, there was no time for Bella. All my friends would constantly complain I was never around and when I was I was always putting out a fire and stuck to the phone. They were so right, this business was running me!
I knew it was time to start crossing my T's and dotting my I's and create documentation to prevent this constant madness. And Alas the Employee Handbook was born! Not in it's current state mind you! Today the handbook is written by a technical writer, Human Resource Approved and Lawyer Reviewed so everything is covered so you as a business owner don't have to spend hundreds of hours recreating the wheel! I wish I had this manual when I started, boy how things would have been different! - Bella