You may have volunteered to look after a friend’s dog in the past and enjoyed the experience, but had no idea that you were practicing a marketable skill: Pet owners want dedicated, loving caregivers for their pets, and they’re willing to pay well.
Launching a business on your own would be a daunting proposal. The good news is that Rover.com takes all the busywork out of pet-sitting. Finding clients, scheduling, and communication couldn’t be easier with the site and app. Better yet, you can set your own rates and hours.
In Your Own Home
Boarding is a great option if you have a pet-friendly home and want to welcome guests for overnights or extended stays. You can let owners know what your neighborhood is like, where you’ll take their dogs, and what kinds of adventures you’ll have. You get to know their pup and incorporate them into your everyday life. Whether you work from home or hold a day job, you can offer wonderful, comprehensive care that owners will appreciate and pets will love.
Daycare is for pups who need a buddy during the day while their owners are busy. You might take one dog at a time or several, depending on whether they get along, and how you prefer to provide care. Whether these are puppies in need of extra training, anxious dogs who feel better with a friend, or hyper-playful pets who want to run around, you’ll get to spend time enjoying each other’s company. These gigs could be five days a week or occasional, as-needed opportunities.
In the Owner’s Home
House sitting is amazing for sitters who are able to stay in the owner’s home overnight. The dogs will already be completely comfortable in their space, and you can more easily adapt to their regular habits and routines. The owner knows their home is being looked after while they’re away, which contributes to their peace of mind, and you enjoy a change of scenery during the stay.
Walks and drop-ins are the most flexible, simple form of care a sitter can offer. You’ll arrange a time to come over and look after the pet’s needs in a targeted, efficient way. This could include a potty break and a few minutes of playtime, a hearty walk, or whatever you and the owner agree on.
Sign up now to get started with Rover and become a trusted sitter. Once you create your profile, you can ask friends whose pets you’ve looked after to write reviews for your page. You can also refer owners so that they get a discount on your services. Rover offers insurance, protection, and 24/7 support. And as you gain experience and clientele, you’ll be able to increase your rates over time.
As a Rover sitter, you call the shots: You can schedule multiple short visits throughout the day in addition to offering overnight care, if you want to boost your income. Or you can simply fit in pet-sitting around all your other tasks and obligations. Either way, you’ll enjoy the perks of being your own boss–and working with the best creatures in the world.
Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.