Amanda Kania ditches job as market researcher, starts local dog walking company.
Instead of hiring a dog walking service, Amanda Kania became one.
Looking for a way out of her marketing research consultant job that frequently required draining overnight trips to San Francisco, Kania saw an ad from Out-U-Go!, a dog walking company, looking for someone to manage a location. So, instead of hiring the company to walk her dog, she took over the Downers Grove location in August of 2010.
A little more than a year later and Kania is in the process of becoming the franchisee owner, a move she hopes becomes official sometime early next year.
It’s a natural fit for 32-year-old Kania, who once thought a career in a research field was what she wanted. Kania’s first job out of college was research related, and that first job eventually turned into a string of similar jobs until Kania realized she wasn’t much of the office-job type.
“I started thinking about how [the marketing research job] wasn’t what I wanted to do the rest of the my life, and i started thinking about what i enjoy doing, and it came back to animals,” Kania said. “I’m not the person to sit in front of a computer all day in an office. It was starting to drive me crazy.”
Now, Kania’s car frequently acts as her office, as she shuffles around the region, walking dogs, feeding cats, giving medications and anything else pet owners need her to do for their animals. In addition to any animal duties Kania handles, she’s also acts as HR, sales, marketing, operations and everything else for the Downers Grove location.
It’s a lot of work, and a lot of risk in a troubled economy, […]