Why a pet is good for your business

Posted on: October 8th, 2012

Last week we got two five-month-old kittens (Charlie and Lola) that needed rehoming. Our place had seemed very empty since February when our cat, Daisy, died.

As freelancers, we tend to work for much of the week on our own, so having a pet can be a great companion. Daisy used to sit with me for most of the day as I worked in my office.

They are also a welcome source of distraction if you are having a bad day: any negatives thoughts are quickly dispelled after you’ve spent 20 minutes playing with a couple of kittens.

Pets are also good ice breakers. A friend of a friend is a freelance party planner and she takes her miniature dachshund to all her meetings. Clients love seeing little Walter.

And it’s not just freelancers who benefit from having a pet around the place. The owner of a small design studio I know brings her dog to the office every day. Everyone who works there agrees that having a labrador padding about the place is a great stress buster.

Do you have a pet? If so, how do they help you as you go about your freelance day? Leave me a comment in the box below. I’d love to know.

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2 Responses to “Why a pet is good for your business”

  1. Megan Harris, Freelance Writer
    October 12th, 2012

    This post comes at the perfect time! We just rescued a pit bull/American bull dog mix last weekend and he’s been really great for me as I work from home. I remember more often to get up and walking around. Petting him helps me feel less stressed. Plus, it’s fun to take him for little walks or play catch in the basketball court by my apartment.

  2. Carole
    October 15th, 2012

    Hi Megan – yes, animals around the place do have an amazing de-stressing effect. Enjoy your new dog!

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