Pet sitting is a common term for taking care of an owner’s pet whilst he/she is out of the house. It’s a great job for those who love animals. Don’t be fooled. Like any job these days, it can be a frustrating endeavour. You have to go through all the normal processes, like building a CV or resume, finding someone willing to employ you and taking a tonne of interviews to ensure you land that dream job. But for those who are honest and hard-working, pet sitting is often an enjoyable and challenging job which can be a dynamic experience, especially if you’re charged with taking care of a wide variety of animals.
There are theoretically two main ways of becoming a pet sitter. One is to join up with a reputable pet sitting agency or business, train with them for a while and eventual take on jobs they assign to you. And the other option is, of course, to set up your own pet sitting agency. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, and it’s completely dependent on your current situation.
If you’re a fresh graduate or school leaver with little experience with pets, then in general, it’s not recommended to start your own pet sitting business, as you’ll find it difficult to get anyone to offer you jobs. Try to find someone willing to take you under their wing and run you through the basics of the pet sitting industry, even if that means having to work under a boss. Once you’ve gained enough experience, then you can seriously consider starting your own pet sitting agency.
After a few years working under someone else, you’re likely to have gained substantial knowledge of the ins and outs of the industry, as well as a few reliable contacts who you can depend on for jobs. Starting your own business means earning a lot more. But it’s not for everyone. Remember, running your very own pet sitting agency also means taking on a lot more responsibility than just working under someone else. You have to worry about business profits, expanding your client base, and regularly dealing with both front and back-end issues. If the prospect of earning more appeals to you, then remember that when it comes to starting your own pet sitting business, the most important thing is your reputation. You should rely on your contacts from work as well as friends and family to build up positive reviews initially before advertising your services on sites like Craigslist. Take it nice and slow. The more effort you put in, the greater the chances of success.