Last Updated on December 30, 2023 by ellen
For someone who loves animals, learning how to start a pet sitting business can be the first step towards owning a business that you love. Following these simple tips will get you on the way to a successful business or part-time job.
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How to Start a Pet Sitting Business
How do you know if pet sitting is the job for you? If you love animals and have transportation, you are on the right track. Starting a pet sitting business doesn’t take a lot of start-up money or special skills so it’s something you can begin fairly quickly. This is a great guide for the first time pet sitter.
- Determine what types of animals you want to care for. Do you love dogs and cats but dislike snakes? You’ll want to be sure that your advertising and business goals reflect the types of pets you wish to take care of.
- Figure out what area you would like to cover. Do you want to offer pet sitting only in your local town? Only within a 10-mile radius? If you’re caring for pets in other people’s homes, it’s important to consider transportation costs when deciding.
- What services will you offer? A few possibilities include dog walking, pet grooming, feeding the animals, changing litter boxes, administering medication, play time, etc.
- In your home or theirs? Some pet owners prefer that you board their animal while they’re away. So, decide if this is a service you’ll offer.
- Overnight stays? If the pet owner has multiple pets or dogs that need to be walked three to four times a day, some owners prefer you stay at their home for the time they’re gone. Will you offer overnight pet sitting?
- How much will you charge? Consider what you’re time is worth. Will you charge by the hour or by the distance or the type of pet?
- Advertise! Once you know what services you’ll offer, you need to promote your new business. A simple way to advertise is to hang signs in local stores or on community bulletin boards announcing your new business.
Finding pet sitting clients
Now that you know how to start a pet business, it’s simply a matter of gathering clients. The business will likely be busier in the summer and during the holidays when people take vacations. In the meantime, let friends and family know about your new business and ask for referrals. This is a great guide on being financially successful as a pet sitter.
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Ellen runs a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont. She has experience with a variety of small animals, dogs and cats. She has also cared for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Combined, she has over 20 years of experience in pet care and pet sitting.