How To Start Your Own Pet Sitting Business from Home

How To Start Your Own Pet Sitting Business from Home

How To Start Your Own Pet Sitting Business from HomeAnimal lovers around the country have found that they can make money from home easily doing something they love.  Pet sitting is in demand!

Pet owners are looking for a safe place to leave their animals when they go on vacation, others are looking for pet day care services, dog walking, pet grooming as well as many other services that are related to their beloved pets.

Because most pets are considered members of the family, their owners want to leave them in the hands of someone who is an animal lover and one who can take care of the pet like it was their very own.

The great thing about starting your own pet sitting business is that you do not need to look for a location.  You can run the business right from your home with little to no hustle at all.

Advantages

There are certain benefits to running this business in your own home:

  • There is great demand for the services you will be offering.  This offers growth potential for your business as pet services are on a rapid growth curve.
  • Since you love animals, you will have the joy of having them with you all day long.
  • You do not have to worry about commuting to work and all the expenses in time and money that go into that.
  • You will be meeting a need in your community, providing a service that will be helpful to pet owners and travelers in your area.


Disadvantages

It is important to ensure that you look at some of the disadvantages of starting such a business as well:

  • To begin with you can be sure that you will be quite busy in the holiday season when everyone else is travelling.  You may find yourself conflicted especially if you would rather to travelling as well instead of pet sitting.
  • You will need to be conscious of the fact that some pets may have fleas or other bugs that you will be bringing into your home when you pet sit.
  • You will need a ton of patience to deal with pet owners who tend to be quite fussy where their beloved pets are concerned.

Getting Started

Once you weigh the pros and cons and decide to go ahead and get started, here are some things that you will need:

  • To start with you will need to make a list of potential clients in your area and how you will make them aware of the services you are offering. To gain the experience, I recommend starting a pet sitting service with Rover.com and DogVacay.com.
  • Secondly, gather information on the inspection requirements and regulations that are set by your homeowners association and ensure that you are in compliance.
  • Put together all the supplies you will need to clean up the mess made by the pets:
    • Pet First Aid Kit  for unexpected accidents or emergencies.
    • Cleaning Supplies for basic clean ups and accidents.
    • Spare collars and leashes for transporting pets.
    • Towels and a large blanket comes in handy for transporting an injured pet.
    • Portable pet carrier is needed to transport small cats or dogs.
    • Poop Bags help keep the environment safe.
    • Dog Treats and Toys will make a pet feel more comfortable. Make sure to consult with the pet owner first.
    • Mileage Log to track all business miles you can claim on your taxes.
    • Pet Sitting Business Forms which helps clients keep track of each visit.
    • Notepad and Pen for taking important messages.
    • Business Cards  for networking. You'll never know when you may run into a pet lover while out on duty.
    • Camera or smart phone to capture precious pet moments.
  • Hone your skills on how to deal with unruly pets and also sick pets who may need special attention.
  • Understand that you may need to work some unusual hours or may need to be on-call as needed.

Helpful Resources

I have gathered a list of resources that will help you jumpstart you own pet sitting business from home:

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