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Eau Claire Pet Care

Sarah Schneider never imagined herself doing freelance work, let alone starting her own business. “If you were to ask me just over a year ago if I would ever own my own business, I would say absolutely not. I always expected to work for someone else my entire life,” Schneider said. But after the formation of Eau Claire Pet Care, working for someone else was likely the last thing on her mind.

But Schneider’s entrepreneurial streak didn’t reveal itself to her right away. She knew she wanted to work with animals, which led her to a position as an animal caregiver at Eau Claire Animal Hospital where she earned minimum wage. “Thought it was hard to make ends meet, I loved it,” Schneider said. Her work paid off, and eventually, she became a kennel manager and veterinary assistant.

A history of petsetting for friends and customers from the animal hospital allowed Schneider to become well acquainted with the task. She decided to create a Facebook page for her services, figuring she may as well turn her passion for animals into extra cash. “The calls and messages were constant. Word spread fast,” Schneider said. Her clientele, initially comprised of just a few friends, came to surpass 100 people.

One of Schneider’s first clients was Karman Briggs, Director of Jobs & Development at the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center. “I had absolutely no idea how to start a business," Schneider said. "[Karman] helped me make sure I took the correct steps to start up.” With the help of the Women's Business Center, she was able to acquire her LLC, find insurance, and prepare for tax season. “The opportunities they have given me to grow and succeed have been so important to me, and without them I have no idea where I would be at today!” Schneider said.

As the face of Eau Claire Pet Care, Schneider cares for pets every day. “In 365 days, I have had three days off. Every day I have clients. Every day I have happy pups greeting me at the door of their homes,” she said. “The hard work and dedication to animals and to my business has paid off in a way I never expected. I’m grateful for every opportunity and every client … This business is so much more than I ever expected and every day is better than the last.”

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