New Contractor To-Do List

  • Fully familiarize yourself with the Trainer Portal (full menu to the left).

  • Fully familiarize yourself with all links on the Dog Adventures Northwest website.

  • Fully familiarize yourself with Dog Adventures Northwest's Terms and Conditions.

  • Review and sign the Contractor Agreement and addendums/exhibits.

  • Fill out and submit a Form W-9.

  • Provide a photocopy or scanned electronic copy of your car insurance if you will be transporting dogs in your vehicle.

  • Set up your DANW email address using the instructions sent by Dog Adventures Northwest.

  • Activate your Time to Pet account and complete your User profile after receiving log-in information from Dog Adventures Northwest.

  • Submit a bio and photo for the website. Look here to see format and examples. Photos should be portrait orientation and feature you and a pup.

  • Send $25 to Dog Adventures Northwest to be added as an "additional insured" on the Dog Adventures Northwest insurance policy.

  • Request enrollment information from the Dog Adventures Northwest Manager for Square Payroll if you would like direct deposit ($5 fee per month for every month paid).

  • Learn what it means to be an Independent Contractor vs. an Employee, if you do not already have this information. Be sure to have a plan in place for withholding your own taxes and making deductions on equipment, supplies, and mileage.

  • Establish yourself as an LLC, Sole Proprietor, or DBA to earn an extra 5% commission (beginning January, 2020).

  • Make a sign for your car, telling people that you are a dog trainer doing pick-ups and drop-offs, that dogs are not left alone longer than ten minutes, and with your cell phone number for folks to call if anyone is concerned.