Starting a pet sitting business...any tips?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Life Beyond Horses > General Off Topic Discussion

Starting a pet sitting business...any tips?

This is a discussion on Starting a pet sitting business...any tips? within the General Off Topic Discussion forums, part of the Life Beyond Horses category

    Like Tree2Likes
    • 1 Post By VelvetsAB
    • 1 Post By SunnyK01

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        04-20-2013, 07:31 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Starting a pet sitting business...any tips?

    Hey everyone! I am lucky to have summers off from work :) I'd like to do something on the side to supplement my income, especially now that I'm getting back into.showing and I realized how much stuff I need! I'd also like to get a secod horse soon.

    I've been thinking seriously about starting a pet sitting business. Has anyone done this with success? Do you have any tips for what works, or what doesn't? Thanks!
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        04-20-2013, 08:06 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Subbing!
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        04-21-2013, 03:24 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    I have been pet sitting for some extra cash since I was 15 (I'm 19 now). All I did to advertise was put an ad in our neighborhood newsletter and put some fliars up on mailboxes. The biggest thing is to figure out before hand what you are willing to do (give medicine, bring in mail, etc.) and see how much other sitters in the area are charging for similar services. It's a pretty easy and fun way to make money. I charge $15/day which typically means me visiting 1-2 times per day to feed and play with the dogs or cats. It's great to get paid to play with animals!
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        04-21-2013, 11:57 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Ooh, I was going to start babysitting...pet sitting is an awesome idea! Can't wait to find out more!
         
        04-22-2013, 12:07 AM
      #5
    Green Broke
    As a dog owner, I would be looking for a pet sitter who is available all year long, not just in the summer.

    Just something to consider...
    kitten_Val likes this.
         
        04-22-2013, 05:51 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Thanks, PaintLover! You mentioned some things I hadn't thought about. And Velvet, you made a great point. I was hoping to cater to those going on summer vacations, but I would love to be able to continue during the school year as well...however, I would only be able to offer evening and weekend services =\
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        04-24-2013, 10:51 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Pet sitting can be great fun and great income but there are a lot of important things to consider before starting in this business!

    The most important thing to consider is how much you really know about animal health care. Can you recognize subtle signs of illness in every type of pet that you will be watching? Many pet sitters have a background in the veterinary world for this very reason. There are so many things that can go wrong with animals and many animals (cats especially) can be very stoic and not show when they don't feel well.

    Going along with the above, you need to have plans in place for if one of your charges does come down with illness. If you have to rush someone's pet to an emergency clinic at 7:00 am on a holiday how will that bill be paid? Who will make decisions on how to treat that animal? Do you know where the animal's normal vet is located? Do you know where the closest emergency vet is located? Do you know the animal's previous medical history.

    Also keep in mind that there may be people who are displeased with your services at some point. How will you deal with this? Are you planning on becoming bonded and insured in case someone tries to sue you?

    Do you have a reliable person who could fill in for you in case of emergency where you cannot make it to the job?

    This is just a short list of things to consider. I don't mean to be discouraging, but pet sitting is way more than just playing with cute animals all day It's one thing if you are just going to be feeding your aunt's, or friend's, or neighbor's cat for 2 days but it's a whole 'nother ball game if you are advertising yourself as a pet sitter to the general public!
    Chokolate likes this.
         
        04-30-2013, 02:39 AM
      #8
    Started
    Well our dog sitter is loved by all her clients furry and not! She does two walks a day and bed time snacks (a small treat or kibble before bed) and really gets to know her clients, even the human ones, she pops buy when's she's walking the dogs she has over to see if Buddy can come along and we've given her permisssion to come and get him even when we're out
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    House/Pet Sitting EveningShadows General Off Topic Discussion 1 10-09-2012 09:23 PM
    Starting a new/old business Piper182 Barn Maintenance 8 04-26-2012 03:36 PM
    A name for a horse-sitting business. DressageIsToDance Barn Maintenance 0 09-21-2011 01:14 AM
    Starting a House/Pet Sitting Business and need a name.... Rosebud64 General Off Topic Discussion 0 08-01-2011 03:31 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:30 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0