Business Practices

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Make Shoeing for a Vet Clinic Worth Your While

Prepare for the ups and downs to make your venture successful
Working in a clinical veterinary setting is much different than a normal day-to-day shoeing practice, and it poses interesting challenges that aren’t present in your normal life. Winston Churchill, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, once said, “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” This quote is appropriate for the topic and we can break it down into two different parts.
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The Success Mindset Can Improve a Farrier’s Career

Colorado farrier explains how the future of your practice hinges on your approach
The mindset with which you approach your hoof-care practice can often be the difference between fulfillment or frustration with your chosen career. Many successful people in various career fields have adopted a positive mindset. When this mindset is developed early and followed regularly, it tends to allow beginning farriers the courage to try new things, learn from experiences and approach their chosen trade without being controlled by fear of the unknown.
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2020 Farrier Business Success Academy

Improve Your Cashflow and Limit Late Payers

Esco Buff offers strategies for addressing delinquent accounts during the 2020 Farrier Business Success Academy
Want to spend less time chasing down delinquent accounts and more time shoeing horses? This Farrier Business Success Academy session offers advice on ways to improve your cashflow and get paid on time.
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4 Traits Your Farrier Help Should Have

About 20 years ago, Jessica McGrane wanted to begin a career as a farrier. She asked West Chester, Pa., farrier Dave Werkiser if she could learn the trade from him. Werkiser admits that he was at first hesitant, having had some previous helpers join his practice, but leave just when they became useful.
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Tips for Hiring Better Hoof-Care Help

Associates must meet tough criteria to be hired by Hall of Fame farrier’s practice
Hiring help can be one of the most advantageous moves that a farrier makes. Yet, it also can be daunting, especially when the arrangement ends unexpectedly. An American Farriers Journal internet poll finds that the vast majority do not look positively on hiring. When asked about their experiences, 75% say that it’s typically a struggle finding and retaining apprentices. Another 24% say that finding and retaining apprentices is a mixed bag. Just 1% say it’s typically a smooth process.
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2020 Farrier Business Practices Survey

Full-time Farrier Income Skyrockets

Data from the latest Farrier Business Practices Survey shows an 11% increase in yearly gross income compared with 2 years earlier
Two years ago, the gross annual income for full-time farriers crossed the $100,000 mark for the first time in the American Farriers Journal Farrier Business Practices Survey. For 2019, the full-time farrier yearly income increased by an $14,283 compared with that 2017 figure.
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