Become A Pet Sitter
You want to become a pet sitter but don’t know where to start, don’t panic! It’s completely normal to have a lot of questions when starting something new. Our article will tell you all you need to know.
Advertise yourself as a pet sitter
Cheap and efficient: leave ads in all your local shops. Remember that your ad has to look professional and should be easy to understand. Are you willing to do pet sitting at the owner’s place or do you only offer dog boarding? Do you offer additional services like dog walking or cat visiting? Don’t forget to mention it. It’s also best to indicate your rates.
Besides your local shops, you can also post your ad online. Groups on Facebook, neighbourhood or classified ads websites are a good way to let local pet owners know about your services. Keep in mind that advertising by yourself will not necessarily bring you jobs and may expose you to owners haggling rates - or worse. It’s much safer to register as a pet sitter on dedicated websites.
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How to register as a pet sitter on Holidog?
A quick search online will help you find dozens of websites offering pet sitting services. Take some time to understand how they work. Holidog can provide you with everything you need to start being a successful dog sitter.
Registering is easy as 1, 2, 3
Registering is simple. Visit Holidog’s website and click on "Become a pet sitter". Enter your first name, surname, phone number, email address, and any other contact information. Then complete your profile. Mention your past experiences if any. Describe yourself in a few words and highlight the traits that match best with what owners expect from their pet sitters (hint: patience, independence, care are always sought after!).
Don’t forget to specify whether you’d like to do pet sitting in the owner’s home or if you’d rather board a dog at yours. You can also choose to be a dog walker or visit cats. Next, indicate your rates. The average price per day is around £10. If you’re new to pet sitting, ask for a little less until you’ve gained some experience. Never set a rate that is much lower than the average: it risks arousing mistrust and driving potential clients away.
Which expenses are covered by pet owners?
Pet owners have to cover some specific costs, notably your travel costs if you’re looking after their pet in their home. They also have to reimburse any additional expenses related to buying food for their pet or taking their dog to the vet in case of an emergency. Keep all receipts: you may need them to get your money back.
Holidog can put you in touch with reliable pet owners looking for the perfect person to look after their pet. You can chat with the owners to make sure you’re happy with being their dog sitter before accepting the job.
Pet sitting is a nice way to turn your love for animals into extra cash. It’s also very flexible: you have control over your schedules and can choose to work (or not!) whenever you want.