How can I talk to my boss about her business without being mean?

I work for a small private grooming shop and I love what I do and I love coming to work everyday and the animals I do get to see. But this business isn't really a business. I honestly do not know how it is still even open as it barely makes any money. I am getting married in may of 2017 and I cannot live off

I work for a small private grooming shop and I love what I do and I love coming to work everyday and the animals I do get to see. But this business isn't really a business. I honestly do not know how it is still even open as it barely makes any money. I am getting married in may of 2017 and I cannot live off what I make here as some days I make way less than minimum wage an hour (as I get paid commission by the dogs) and some days I don't even make anything. I don't want to leave here cause I love the work atmosphere but I need more money to live. How can I talk to my boss without sounding like a b**ch saying I need more money. She doesn't really do any advertising or anything so I know that is probably one of the problemsI just really need advise as I am not sure what there is i can do cause I really wanna help make this a successful business..

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Sarah:
YOU look into how other grooming shops do their advertisement, how they do business differently, understand the whole business concept, then at a slow time of a day tell her you were networking with a few other groomers online and found out ____ and ____ and _____ and those things sound like it might work for THIS business, do you think some of those ideas could be tried to get in more customers?

When you go with certain suggestions in mind, it works out better than 'your business plan sucks'.

Try looking even on Yahoogroups for dog groomer forums and spitball ideas there with the other people who are in that line of work. Don't ask how much they make, but DO ask what they do to get new customers into the place, do certain colors sell better (on accessories), do they run sales, do they run a nail clipping promo for November (or a week or month), do they find that small ads bring in new customers or is it all word of mouth, how do they connect with their local community. Does a big ad help. Does free advertising work. Do they do extras like put a bow on the dog's head or a bandana. Do they sell extras like doggie treats (home made) or have toys available to buy at the counter/register. Will a new sign in the window help with drive bys/walk bys.

Basically, think as if you're looking to open your own grooming place, what do you have to know to make it viable.

Kittysue:
You don't have to be mean. Come up with a plan. Be positive. Tell her you love working there but you think the business could be more successful Suggest setting up a FB or Instagram or Twitter or other social media account to promote the business. Say that you'd like to meet with local Veterinary offices to see if you are allowed to leave flyers about the business there. Say that it would be a good idea to print up flyers and go to a park or anywhere else people go with their dogs and hand them out – maybe give them a $5-10 discount on their first visit.
Tell her that if she agrees, you'd like to help marketing the business and bring in new customers
It doesn't have to be negative or mean
babyboomer1001:
A dog grooming shop IS a business. I can understand why you aren't making much money – dogs do not tend to have any. They count on their owners. Either ask if she will consider a base pay and a small commission on top of that for the business you bring in or look for another job.
tro:
it is really none of your business how she runs hers, if you have helpful suggestions she may be open to listening but if you can't manage on what you are making, find another job, there are probably other vets and grooming shops you can apply to
I am puzzled why you seem to manage now but you are getting married and won't be able to make it, is this because the person you are marrying doesn't work and you are assuming another mouth to feed and clothe
John D:
Instead of pounding your head against the wall, just look for a real job. It's just that simple. She is the owner, she will do as she pleases, no matter how good your ideas are. Her business is what it is because she made it that way.
Erik:
You already asked this question, except you didn't say what you did. There's really not much you can do. If you really love it, just do this part time, and find some other job to make more money.
Eva:
She also isn't paying you legally. If say, you are required to be there for 20 hrs a week, you have to make at least minimum wage for those 20 hrs. So say minimum wage in your state is $9.00/hr. You must make at least $180 in commission, or she has to pay you the difference.
ken truong:
That is why people move around, I am sorry to hear it, but in life nobody can have everything. You will just have to make a decision, leave and make more money, or stay and be broke.
Richard:
You should tell the manager just what you have written here, but before doing that check that you can get yourself another job before effectively resigning from this one. Some income is better than none.
DR + Mrs Bears face:
Making suggestions that help is not being mean. Not helping is being mean.
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