As a pet lover, you know there’s nothing greater than spending time with your pets. The warmth and companionship you receive is second to none, and you love when you can get that back. Well, what if you could do just that and make money doing it? Really!
It’s all possible by becoming a pet sitter. Before you know it, you could be making up to $30 an hour. Many pet owners don’t like to take their pets to kennels when they’re out of town or away from home for an extended period. The unfamiliar environment can be upsetting to their pet. Instead, pet owners often like to hire pet sitters, people who come to the pet owner’s home, feed the pet, let it out for bathroom breaks or a walk, and give it the love and attention the owner isn’t able to give due to being out of town or away from home.
So that’s where you come in. By starting your own pet sitting service you stand to make some nice money. Most visits take half an hour or less and might be repeated twice a day, meaning more money for you. And get this, pet sitters make between $16 and $24 a visit, a national average of $20. Do a couple visits in an hour or soand you’ve made over $30 an hour. It’s just that simple!
And best of all, you’re the boss. You take what jobs you want to take and you decide your rates. You’re in charge. But what if I have to take care of a pet that is too difficult for me? That shouldn’t be a problem. You’re the boss, after all.
Most pet sitters do what is called a “first visit.” This gives them a chance to visit the pet owner’s home, learn the layout, and also get to know the owner and the pet. You might find a pet that you just don’t click with. That’s fine. You simply say you won’t be able to take the job, and that’s it.
Okay, there’s got to be a catch. How much money does it cost to get into pet sitting? There’s no catch. Your start-up costs are fairly minimal. You need reliable transportation. You need a phone to get calls for jobs. There’s a good chance you already have those.
After those things you’ll need insurance (many companies offer policies specifically for pet sitters) and a bond to protect you and reassure your customers. After that, there are optional costs, such as spare leashes, collars, and more. But really, your costs shouldn’t get out of hand and if you’re making $30 an hour, you’ll pay for any expenses pretty quickly.
By starting your own pet sitting business you could enjoy your time giving love and attention to the animals you love and make nice money doing it. Most people wish they could turn their hobbies into a great career and starting your own pet sitting service could do just that.