Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
My name is Tim Vogel and I am the CEO of Scenthound, a dog grooming franchise that
specializes in wellness and preventative care. I started my business in 2006 initially as a
mobile pet grooming business, and after a series of twists and turns I have developed
Scenthound into a pioneering concept where pet parents pay a membership rate to receive
dog grooming for any type of dog based on the breed’s needs.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face as an entrepreneur was scalability. When I
started my business, I had so many ideas that took away from the business’s ability to grow.
There were too many moving parts and once I took a step back and simplified what we had,
it completely changed Scenthound’s potential for growth.
When it comes to dog grooming, there are hundreds of breeds out there that have so many
differentiating factors. We realized that some breeds don’t need haircuts at all and that our
membership plan should be inclusive to all breeds. After switching gears and making our
membership plan one price point no matter what type of dog you have, the business
became scalable because it was much simpler and easier to grasp.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
I wish that someone would have told me earlier on to invest in a business coach. You don’t
know what you don’t know, and your business is only going to grow as fast as you are. A
business coach will teach you things you didn’t even know you needed to be taught.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
I am a part of an entrepreneurial network that connects me with other CEOs, and this
the community has influenced me and helped me completely change the trajectory of my
business. It also may be trite, but I really admire Elon Musk as an entrepreneur. He is a
visionary and is not afraid to take on industries that most would not dare to challenge, and
his accomplishments are incredible.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
I don’t think I could name one person; the entrepreneurial community that I am a part of has
connected me to so many coaches thought leaders and change-makers who have shaped
the way I view my own business. I am really grateful for the insight that they have given me
over the years.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
I would have to say that prioritizing being a good husband and father throughout my
entrepreneurial journey is my greatest success. It’s easy to lose sight of the important things
in life when you are so invested in running a business, but putting my family first has always
been a top priority.