Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in pet care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ji Khalsa, Co-Owner of The Healthy Happy Dog, located in Santa Fe, NM, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We specialize in pet wellness and lifestyle. Our customers are dog (and some cat) parents who are interested in improving the health and quality of life of their pets. We provide education, support, and holistic pet care products.

Tell us about yourself

My background is in bioresearch management, and as a pet owner, I discovered there are so many myths and so much really inaccurate information about how to help our pets live happier healthier lives. Veterinary care is critical, but also, like with humans, it focuses more on disease management than prevention. We focus on providing the best care possible for your pets so that you (hopefully) see reduced vet care needed.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Every time I help a pet live a better life, that goes into the biggest accomplishment bucket. That's what it's all about, and that's what gets me out of bed every morning.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Starting up is always exciting but challenging. The first few years until you are established, waiting to see the public response to you and your business can be hard.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find something you love that you will be happy working on every day. Easy to say, hard to do.
  2. Don't give up. If one thing doesn't work, try something else. A lot of success is trial and error.
  3. Be honest, ethical, and transparent. It's hard to build a business and really easy to ruin your reputation if you don't take care of it.

Where can people find you and your business?


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