If you are even taking the time to read this, there is a reason. Are you unhappy at your current job? Have you always loved animals and yearned to make a decent living working with them? Maybe you just aren’t too sure how to get started. Read on, dear friend.
If you’ve ever been frustrated about not getting a day off when you needed one, or if you have run into “boss attitude” when trying to convince your superior that something within your job function needs to change, you understand the importance of independence.
Which brings me to the very first reason that I think you should pet sit:
If you work for a corporation or company, you know you don’t have much say regarding your schedule. This can be quite a source of frustration and possibly even cause you to feel ‘owned’ by the company you work for. One of the huge benefits for me in the field of pet sitting includes the ability to set my own schedule. When you pet sit for a living, you can choose your days off (if any!), choose which holidays you will work and which you won’t, and choose the hours you put in! You can even work pet sitting around your existing job or school. Your employment can accommodate your life instead of the other way around. Not many jobs working for someone else can offer you that.
You also have the freedom to try different methods and ideas surrounding your job – you set your own systems and adjust what doesn’t work and improve on what does. You don’t have to ask permission or go through corporate hoops just to change something that you know isn’t working. YOU have the privledge to set and keep the (hopefully high) quality standards of your whole business. You are your own boss and the head of your company and that means you can design it and shape it any way that fits you and your clients.
2. Ease in getting started
One of the greatest things about beginning a pet sitting business is that you can start with a very small amount of money and time investment. It’s great if you have an abundance of both of those, but not mandatory. You can post a simple sign at a local veterinarians office or grooming shop and then, if you make sure your sign stays up, people will eventually start to call you for business. You can build on this as you like and are able. You don’t need to put money into a huge advertising budget go into debt to get the word out. All you really need is some animal experience, a dependable car, a good work ethic, and some determination.
Wouldn’t it be great to work around your life as opposed to live around your work? Pet sitting can be arranged to fit your needs, whatever they happen to be. If you are a student, pet sitting is perfect for you! If you are a mom and only want to work while your kids are in school, pet sitting is the perfect solution! If you already have a job, you can arrange your pet sitting around your job (which is great if you plan on keeping your current job until you are established enough to let go of your other job and pet sit full time. Pet sitting is as flexible as you need it to be!
This may sound like an unusual reason to include, but I am a firm believer that you must love what you do and do what you love. If you have a job that you don’t like, and that you dread going to in the morning, it is going to drain you dry. If you are in the middle of a situation like this right now, you know exactly what I’m talking about. One of the things I hear so often when I tell a fellow pet lover that I am a pet sitter is, “Oh, I’ve thought of doing that.” I never ask them, but I have often wondered what stopped them. Was it fear? Maybe they thought that it wasn’t possible to replace their income or make enough to live on. I’m not sure, but I do know that if you love pets, you have a natural instinct to want to take care of them and be with them and that is a wonderful place to start! I absolutely love the human/animal bond and I feel so blessed to be able to take care of them FOR A LIVING! I actually get paid to do this! I have even had the satisfaction of developing sincere and deep friendships with some of the pet owners that hire me, so the ‘love’ aspect of pet sitting carries over even to my personal relationships. If you have a love for animals and a love for people, you have two major key ingredients to be a successful professional pet sitter.
If you are the type of person that likes to climb a little higher, than pet sitting would be a great business for you. You are the one that sets your own limits on your expansion, not someone else. If you feel that yearning for “something more”, pet sitting could be a springboard for almost any area related to animals. You could grow your business to include employees, and that would allow you to expand your area of service. In addition to your pet sitting, you could start to add in training, grooming, behavioral counseling, and even offer pet products; the list just doesn’t stop! There is always room to grow in the pet sitting profession.
Lastly, if you like to have fun, and I’ve found that most people don’t object to this, than there is no greater source of joy than working in the animal field provides. Pets are so real, so unassuming, so cute, and downright funny sometimes! If you’re a pet lover, than no one knows this better than you. It’s hard to even look at them and not at least have a slight smile about your lips, isn’t it? You get it! They are a constant source of joy and happiness and they give their love to you with nothing expected in return. Well except, maybe, the occasional treat, a cozy lap, or a simple pat on the head!
Now I’m sure that you can see how pet sitting offers so many advantages that it deserves the title of the perfect profession! I truly wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world. So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to look a little further into beginning a pet sitting career, just click here: Pet sitting books or go to the library. Subscribe to my blog! I will be posting regular ideas and tips for beginning as well as established pet sitters. There is plenty of information out there to help you put your best foot forward. I wish you all the success and happiness that pet sitting has given me through the years. Here is to happy pets and their happy pet sitters!!