For an entrepreneur, adding a pet to the mix might seem like the worst idea ever. And you should ask yourself whether you can give the animal the time and attention it truly deserves. If your schedule is inconsistent and there's no one at home to feed the cat or take the dog for a walk if you don't get back in time, it might not be the best time to adopt one.
However, having a pet offers a lot of benefits that are of interest to entrepreneurs that I didn't realize until we got our dog, Max.
They help you meet people.
Take an adorable dog out for a walk and someone is bound to want to pet him. You get an opportunity to practice conversational skills, and who knows if the chat might go beyond the dog and on to your business and what you do. Not only that, you might even meet a date for next weekend, if you happen to be looking.
They make you feel better.
Starting and running a business can be stressful, but your pet is always there for you. According to this article on WebMD pets ease tension and boost your mood by offering unconditional love and companionship, plus they require exercise that gives you an opportunity for exercise, too. (The article also mentions that petting a dog can actually lower your heart rate!)
They boost your immune system.
If you or your kids are already suffering from allergies or asthma, it's maybe not a great idea to bring a pet into the home. But if they don't, being around an animal can actually decrease their likelihood of developing allergies and strengthen their immune systems overall. Healthier kids definitely make life easier on any parent!
They help you set a routine.
Being organized and having a routine is important for an entrepreneur, because it helps us get things done! However, for some of us it takes some time and practice with setting our own schedules before we get efficient with it. Pets need to be fed, taken to the bathroom, and exercised on a fairly regular schedule. Settling in to that schedule can help you organize your work schedule, too.
Only you can decide if an animal fits into your family. If so, there's a lot to be gained be welcoming one into your home! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Do you have any pets? What is the greatest contribution they've brought to your life?