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How to Make Money as a Pet Sitter
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How to Make Money as a Pet Sitter


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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2019)


There are numerous ways to make money, but not all of them are fun and fulfilling. What if you could walk dogs for a living?

What if you were paid to play with kittens all weekend? Rover.com makes the job of pet sitting viable as both a full-time business or easy side income.

Every day thousands of pet owners are matched with pet sitters across the country through Rover.com’s online network. Here are 4 reasons why you’ll want to get started:


#1. Work when you want.

It’s true. There’s no one handing you a work schedule. You design it.

If you’re already working a full-time job and just want to make some extra cash on the weekend, post your availability on your Rover.com profile.

Pet owners book you for appointments online at the click of a button.  If you’d like to create this job as a full-time business, set your schedule accordingly.  The more available you are, the more clients you can attract!


#2. Do the work you want to do.  

As a sitter with Rover.com, you choose what kind of pet care service you’re interested and available to provide. You can choose to offer dog walking, drop-in visits, day care, house sitting for pets in the owner’s home, and boarding pets at your place.

You also determine the size of pets that you can work with depending on your services.

If you love big dogs but your living situation won’t allow them, you can specify working with smaller dogs if you’re boarding them at your place. Plus, you can still enjoy providing dog walks or house sitting for big dogs!


#3. Get paid what you request.

You’re the boss, so you get to set your pay rate. Depending on the services you provide, your pay rate will vary. For example, you would charge more for an overnight stay with a pet than a short drop-in visit to feed Fido.

You can also specify holiday rates or offer add-on services like doggie baths.

If you’re not sure how to set a fair rate, check the profiles of Rover.com pet sitters in your areas to see what others are charging. Remember, Rover takes a percentage of earnings, so keep that in mind when setting your rates.


#4. Play for work.

This job requires lots of playtime. Imagine arriving to work and your clients are begging for a walk in the woods with you.

Enjoy time outside, get a little exercise, and have fun! You will get some serious puppy love or kitty cuddle time as a reward for this work. Consider this your lucky day. There aren’t many job descriptions with these kinds of benefits.

Rover.com offers additional educational resources if you need support in promoting or building your business.

Get more information online about the opportunity of being a pet sitter with Rover.com. If your tail is wagging, we’d love to welcome you to the Rover community!

Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

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