If you’re a dog or cat person, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to monetize your affection for animals. There are a lot of people out there right now actually making money as pet sitters!
Believe it or not, there’s been quite a bit of market research around the pet-sitting industry. More than 80 million households in the United States have pets, according to a study by Acosta, a sales and marketing firm. That means that the market is there for you animal lovers to turn your hobby into a full-scale business.
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How much money do pet sitters make?
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In addition to liking animals, you’re going to have to be a people person— someone who can win a family’s trust in a short period of time. A confident smile, capable resume and solid references will go a long way.
Here are some online pet-sitting resources
- Rover.com is a popular pet-sitting service that boasts pay rates of up to $1,000 a month. The site offers daytime and overnight jobs. The site offers pet insurance for every reservation.
- TrustedHouseSitters.com matches people looking to have someone stay in their home with their pets while they travel for extended periods. The site sells a yearly membership for $119 that lets you register to join a network of verified sitters
- Petsit.com is an international site that lets you create a searchable profile for people looking for local pet sitters.
- Care.com is also very popular with pet sitters and their clients. The average hourly pay is $11.25.
- Sittercity.com lets you create an account to peruse hundreds of pet care jobs.