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5 Tips For Pet Sitting Success

December 22, 2011

It is understandable that the economy is causing many pet sitters to stress over the effect it will have on business. Fortunately, spending on pets has remained high and by taking a few extra precautions, pet sitters are sure to ride along through the economy.

To maintain the success of your pet-sitting service:

Vary your services. A pet owner’s needs are many and varied. If the budget has caused a decrease in your vacation pet-sitting assignments, consider alternative services that can benefit your existing and prospective clients. Consider offering overnights, day by day dog walks or pet taxi services, to refer to a few.

Evaluate your service area. While it is tempting to take one and every pet-sitting assignment-especially if business has been slow on the uptake-consider your overhead costs. Roaming outside of your immediate service area costs extra money and time and offers in significant to no profit. Consider revising your service area, or charging a mileage fee for clients outside of a particular range. Focus marketing efforts on well-located neighborhoods that have proven to offer the largest clientele.

Expand your (marketing) field. E-mail and Internet marketing offer simple-often free-ways to connect with current and potential clients. Step outside of your comfort zone and consider trying social scenes, try a blogs, MySpace or YouTube to promote your small business to local pet owners.

Preserve exceptional service. Spending a reduced amount of time at a visit or forgoing leaving a daily log may allow you to fit extra visits in a day, but decreased service is not at all a good idea-in any market. By continuing to offer great care and possibly even adding benefits, such as new client referral rewards, to your clients, you are sure to show your client you care and maybe even gain a few new clients.

Make contacts. Meet people. Network! The significance of networking can in no way be stressed enough. Involvement in a community pet-sitting network or networking with other pet sitters online through Forums is a terrific way to receive support, advice and referrals. A great professional network is essential for success.

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