Rochester Rising Episode 10: Exclusive Pet Sitting with Kim Radke

This week I got to speak with local entrepreneur, Kim Radke, and learn about her business Exclusive Pet Sitting. This is my very first podcast with a female entrepreneur! Listen in to hear how Kim grew Exclusive Pet Sitting, learn the unique challenges of running a pet sitting business, and takeaway some lessons for your own business.

  • Kim has years of expertise in dog training. She received training in kennel management and advanced dog training early in her career. She later moved into a job as a nanny in the Twin Cities and then as a nanny, not for a child, but for a dog.
  • In 2006, she moved to Rochester and focused again on dog training and worked at both Paws and Claws and Leashes & Leads. She now also has a full time job as a dog trainer with Invisible Fence.
  • Around 2007, Kim started her customer-tailored pet sitting business, Exclusive Pet Sitting, which went hand and hand with her job as a dog trainer. She successfully gained and retained customers through word of mouth and doing her job well.
  • One of the hardest lessons Kim had to learn in starting her business was how to put her service pricing together.
  • She now has two assistants with Exclusive Pet Sitting, but at first she had a hard time not doing everything herself, similar to many other business owners.

“And one thing that I have learned is, set your prices for what you’re actually worth. And make it worth your time and don’t be afraid if you think it’s too much.”- Kim Radke