When I moved to the Seattle area of Washington, I was awe struck by the amazing scenery, plentiful outdoor activity, and outstanding dog culture.
I basked in the eclectic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, but was quickly brought back down to earth — I had never lived anywhere as expensive as Seattle. While my wages had slightly increased after I moved, I wasn’t making enough to save.
I took to the Internet to find a part-time job that would fit with my current schedule, and hopefully allow me to get outdoors.
Rover.com was seeking sitters in the Seattle area. I could actually make money hanging out with dogs in my own home?
I quickly learned that, while rewarding, dog sitting can take a lot of work.
If you’re willing to put the effort in to make money hanging out with dogs, then you can be successful as a dog sitter.
Here are my best tips for getting started as a dog sitter:
First, set up an account on Rover.com, then click on Become a Sitter. You’ll be asked to provide information about yourself, your availability, and your experience with dogs. You’ll also need to pass a basic background check.
Next, show dog owners who you are, and why you’ll be a great sitter for their dog!
In your dog sitter profile, include:
- Have you worked with diabetic dogs? Can you give insulin shots?
- Did you grow up with a Golden Retriever? Still have a soft spot for them?
- Are you able to be home all day, so their dog will always have a companion?
Once you’re approved, your dog sitter profile is listed on Rover in your area, and you’re ready to start dog sitting.
This is the part, for me, that needed the most attention and revision. Hopefully my knowledge will help you.
These are my best tips:
How much money you make entirely depends on how you set your rates and your schedule.
Dog sitting rates in large cities — like New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle — are usually higher than in smaller cities.
You’ll probably want to start out charging a lower rate. This makes it easier to quickly gain some experience and build a reputation. Once you’ve got some reviews on your profile talking about what a great dog sitter you are, you can raise your rates.
To give you an idea of how much money you can make from dog sitting… if you accept more than one dog at a time and your rates are competitive for a larger city, by booking every weekend you could make over $500 a month!
Just remember, Rover takes 20% from your earnings. Factoring this fee into your prices is common for pet sitters.
Dog sitting has many rewards — especially if you’re prepared. I hope that you have a great time as a dog sitter!
Courtney is our guest contributor. She’s a dog sitter at Rover.com who lives in Seattle, Washington.
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