How to Earn Extra Money When You Love Dogs

See how you can become a pet sitter - it's the perfect way to make extra money when you love dogs!

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You know you want to earn some extra money but you're not exactly sure how. You could look for a traditional part time job, but it won't have the flexibility you need, especially if you're a mom like me.

Direct sales just isn't your thing, no matter how much you love leggings or essential oils or whatever is popular right now.

So what can you do? The answer is lying right at your feet (and likely snoring). If you're a dog lover, there is a really awesome way to earn extra money while letting you be your own boss, on your own schedule, doing something you enjoy.

How is this possible? By starting your own pet sitting or dog walking business.

Ready to figure out how to earn money by hanging out with the dogs you love? Keep reading to get started!

Want a flexible schedule, great pay, and a chance to play with dogs all day? This is the business for you! A simple and genius way for dog lovers to earn extra money, just in time for the holidays. A perfect job for stay at home moms!

How to Become a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker 

There is no doubt about it - pets are a booming industry. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) reported in March that Americans spent nearly $67 billion dollars on pet products and services in 2016, and that number is estimated to keep growing, especially in the pet services category. That means that people are spending more and more money on services like pet sitting, dog walking, and dog daycare, with no sign of things slowing down.

Starting your own pet sitting or dog walking business is a great opportunity to take advantage of this market (not to mention getting paid to play with dogs), but first you need to come up with a plan. Define your specific business model by asking yourself these questions:

  • What services will you offer? Will you be strictly a dog walking service, or will you offer pet sitting as well? How about dog daycare? Are you comfortable administering medication, or caring for special needs pets? Answering these questions will narrow your focus.

  • Where will you work? If you are offering dog walking, how far will you travel to clients? If you are pet sitting, will you do it in the client's home or your home? Make sure you have this figured out before you start looking for clients.

  • What will your schedule look like? Are you offering daytime, evening, weekend, or overnight services? And how much do you want to work? Be sure to set a goal before you start your business to avoid taking on more than you can handle.

  • Who is your ideal client? Do you want to work with big dogs who need lots of exercise? Older dogs who need cuddles and quiet time? Define your perfect situation so that you can pursue the work that is right for you.

How to Start Your Pet Sitting Business Right

Once you've narrowed your focus and defined your business plan, you need to figure out how to put it in place. Things like marketing your business, finding clients, and securing insurance are critical to your success. Fortunately, you can find a partner to help you with all of this and so much more with

Rover is the nation's largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and it's the place you need to be if you want to start your own pet sitting or dog walking business.

You start by creating your Rover profile - using the questions you answered above to define who you are and what services you will provide. Your profile will be reviewed and approved, and once it is, you'll be ready to rock your business!

With Rover, you're in complete control: you set your schedule and your rates to work as much or as little as you'd like. You can then connect with pet parents in your area who are looking for what you have to offer. It's that simple.

You'll get the tools you need to accept bookings and payments, plus a super cool app to send back reports on your walks and even cute photos to your clients!

Rover also gives you incredible support, including 24/7 emergency assistance (even vet assistance). And, every Rover booking includes premium insurance for owners' pets and sitters' pets (read more about the insurance here).

You'll also get ongoing support and educational opportunities as part of the Rover network. They give you the tools to run your business so that you can focus on snuggling and playing with dogs. What could be better than that?

If this sounds like your dream business, now is the time to get started. The holidays (and holiday travel) are fast approaching and there are pet parents just waiting to meet you. Become a Rover sitter today!

See how easy it is to start your own pet sitting or dog walking business on Rover - click here to get started!

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