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Pet Sitting Secrets

December 21, 2011

You love pets and enjoy the time you spend together. In fact, you’d like to start your own pet sitting business. Pet sitters make an average of $16 a visit and most visits take half an hour or less, meaning you stand a chance at making over $30 an hour! You’re the boss and you take the jobs you want to take. You’re in total control. So what are some secrets that could make you an all-star pet sitter?

1. Have a catchy name

Your business should have a catchy name. This will attract customers and make people pick your business to call. It’s also a good idea to pick a name near the beginning of the alphabet or put an “A” or “AA” in front of your name. On alphabetical lists of pet sitting businesses, this will put yours towards the top where people are more likely to see it.

2. First visit

Doing a “first visit” before you accept a job is a way to make sure the job is a good fit for you. You visit the pet owner’s home, meet the pet owner, and meet the pet. This is where you can learn the layout of the home, what the pet is like, and whether you’d like to take the job.

3. Be well organized

Keep a good schedule with all the information you need, and carry it around with you. This will keep you organized and on top of your jobs. You’ll be more likely to show up right on time and prepared to work. Customers will like your dependability.

4. Free advertising

There are many free ways to advertise. The local newspaper might want to do an article on your new business, and this would be great press for you. Don’t forget about online resources as well, such as Craigslist and

5. Planned communities

You’ll stand a great chance at getting several jobs by advertising to a planned community. Often these neighborhoods have a newsletter that sells very cheap advertising. Plus the residents are typically well off and travel a lot, making your services a necessity. Get in good with some pet owners in a planned community and you could find their friends and neighbors calling you too.

6. Keep track of keys

It’s not a bad idea to ask your customers for a second key, a backup in case something should happen. Also be sure to test out these keys at your first visit. When you’re paying a visit to the pet, keep the key on you at all times. Don’t set it down somewhere. You don’t want to accidentally lock yourself out or lose track of the key.

These are just some of the secrets that will help make you a top pet sitter. Your business will see repeat customers if you employ these tips. Before long you’ll be making more than $30 an hour and enjoying the benefits that come from running your business and spending time with animals. To learn more, read Profitable Pet Sitting, available at:


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