Trudy Talbot lives in Coventry and has been a Preloved member since 2009. Once a dog breeder, Trudy has now moved on to do ultrasound scanning for dogs and cats. We caught up with Trudy to find out a little bit more about her business Breederscan, and how Preloved has helped it grow.
Have you always been a dog lover?
I have loved dogs all my life! I started off by owning Staffordshire bullterriers (a long time before they were popular!) and then moving on to bullmastiffs 15 years ago. I show my bullmastiffs as a hobby and I use to breed the odd litter but, as you have to dedicate a lot of time to a litter in order to rear them properly, I have not had the time recently because of business being so busy.
How long have you been a Preloved member for?
I originally joined Preloved in 2009 to sell some household goods that I wanted to get rid of, but soon became hooked and over the years I have bought many items from other sellers.
How did you get into your sonography business?
When I was breeding my bullmastiffs I really struggled to firstly get my bitch pregnant and secondly get a decent ultrasound scan done on her to see if she was pregnant. After much research I found a course on canine cervical cytology which can tell you when a bitch is about to ovulate and therefore the best time to mate her in order to get her pregnant. I also decided to buy my own ultrasound scanner and completed a sonography training course.
Over the next few years I used my new found skills on my own bitches with great success and word soon got round my friends who started to ask if I could swab and scan their bitches for them. The demand for my services grew and grew until I finally decided to turn it in to a business – BREEDERSCAN. I joined my local Women into Business Scheme who gave me a business mentor and helped me to set up and start running. They advised me to find a good site to advertise my business on and after thoroughly researching the internet I decided to stay with Preloved and uprade my membership to a business membership.
How has using Preloved helped your business?
Since advertising on Preloved my business has grown and grown and I have recently had the most profitable week since I started trading, and as I only advertise with Preloved – well it speaks for itself! I would recommend Preloved to anyone who has a business or service to promote and is looking for an economical and effective source of advertising.
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