Do you love animals and enjoy spending time with them? Do you have experience working with pets on a day-to-day basis like walking, feeding, grooming or otherwise caring for them? If so, then maybe you should consider starting your own pet sitting business! Running a pet sitting business provides a great way to turn your love of animals into a profitable career. The fact that there is no degree requirement makes this idea even more appealing.
This article will impart everything that one needs to know in order to start their own pet sitting business from how and where to advertise one’s services, what items are necessary for success (e.g. a computer, pet supplies) and how to keep abreast of the latest industry practices.
Do you currently have a pet in your life? If so, then why do they need a sitter? If you don’t have a pet in your life, why should you start one? The only way to answer these questions is by first finding out if pets are your passion. Listen to yourself, think about how much time you spend with pets and how much of it is enjoyable. Do you often find yourself thinking about what your pet is doing right now? If so, then perhaps either starting a pet sitting business or becoming a full-time pet sitter might be the ideal career for you.
Starting to Make an Income at Pet Sitting
The first thing that you will need to do is get your name out into the public. The best way to do this is to start with the simplest source of advertising, newspapers and magazines. These are commonly referred to as “yellow pages” and they ensure that your name is easily accessible by potential clients. By placing an “advertisement here” sign in local grocery and convenience stores, you will create interest amongst new people who may not know about what you are offering.
Begin by looking through your local area in order to determine the best time to place ads. For example, if you want to advertise in the winter months, then you must wait until the days are shorter instead of taking your ad out on a summer holiday afternoon. Remember that if people don’t see an ad, they will not call. By doing this, you should be able to meet your advertising goal of placing three ads per week without spending too much money on each one.
If you live near a popular “strip”, try placing your advertisements. This is where people will find out fast that they have an available pet sitter as they will see you through their windows every time they walk by.
Also, do not forget to place your ads in the “yellow pages” of your local phone book.
If you get a lot of calls, then this may be a sign that you have created interest in your business. This is good because it shows how many people are willing to pay for the service of taking care of their pets while they are away. While it is easy to obtain a steady stream of calls (referred to as “paying clients”), it can also become difficult to keep everyone happy. By remembering that some clients will not want you at their home during the day and some will not want you there at night, you should be able to avoid such issues from occurring.
If your ads are not being printed, then you should place them as close to the stores as possible. The further away the print is, the more time you will have to place new ads in order to reach your goal per week.
Be aware that even if you decide not to place any newspaper ads at all, it may be worthwhile to place an ad online. While it is a bit of a pain first off in order to do so, you will also receive more phone calls by doing so. The only way for clients to find out about your services is if they see something written about you on the web either through search engines or through personal referrals directly from other pet sitters or animal owners.
Successful pet sitting is often generated by word-of-mouth. If you stress customer service, then your clients can tell others about your wonderful work as they will feel quite confident in doing so. As you are servicing others, it is also important that you ask them to recommend you to their friends and family who may also want to start a similar business.
Do you have experience in the animal care industry? In many ways it doesn’t matter if you do or not. The main thing that matters is that you are able to take care of other people’s pets while they are away from their homes. However, if you do have experience, then you may want to consider starting with a higher-end clientele. If your fees are higher in order to compensate for the cost of animal care and such, then you may be able to attract more paying clients because of this. Another way that dealing with a particular type of client may help is through the prices charged. If it costs more money to take care of animals belonging to certain individuals or families, then it will often be a deal breaker as the client will not want you at their home.
After doing some research on how much your competitors are charging for their services, review your own rates for pet sitting services. If you find that your pricing is about the same or less than your competitors, then you will have to make some changes in order to attract paying clients. If you are able to charge slightly higher than other pet sitters, then it will be easier for you to keep a steady flow of clients.
You must also set aside time each day to spend on new pet sitting clients. This is quite easy when there are so many people who need your services. However, this does not mean that you can simply take on any client that shows up at your door step requesting that same service. Instead, you should put all of your time into the pet sitting services that you are the most proficient in providing. If you are not sure of which pet sitters provided this service before, then ask around at pet stores or from other animal owners. They will be able to tell you which professionals they think will be better than others and so it is best to listen to them.
You must promote yourself in order to get new clients through word-of-mouth. The good news is that many people may already know about your business and what services you offer and they may even have referred others for whom they know will benefit from your services. For example, many people will find that you are even better than their veterinarian. It is also possible that a veterinarian may consider hiring you as an associate in his own practice, which could lead to even more opportunities.
If you have worked with a pet sitter before and been satisfied with the work that they did, then you should refer them to your family and friends. You will get great publicity for this service through efforts such as placing posters on telephone poles within the neighborhood or through word-of-mouth advertisements in newspapers or magazines.
When looking for new clients, it is recommended that you ask them about their pets and their habits. This will give you a head start on the type of pet sitter services they need most. It will also help you to find out whether they have any other needs that will require you to spend more time on them. For example, if they are very active, then this could mean that they need more exercise than others. In addition, you could also ask them to let you know if their pet has ever had an accident. If so, then it is likely that they will need a cleaner or a special diet.
It is best if your services can be measured on a daily basis. This way, you can see how you are doing each day and compare it with the previous day’s results in order to see if your efforts are paying off. For example, you could ask the owner to give you feedback about how much exercise they received and if there were any incidents during your visit.
If you are planning to charge a monthly fee for pet sitting, then it is best if your client can cancel at any time. This will allow them to get out of the contract if they are not satisfied with the services that you are offering or if they find that they cannot afford it anymore. Keep in mind that pet sitting can take a lot of time and dedication on your part and so make sure that you have adequate time to be able to schedule all of these petsitting jobs.
As a pet sitting business owner, if you do not have a website or blog of your own, then you should start one so that clients can read about how much experience you have in the job and what services that you offer. You may also come up with ways on how to get pet owners to hire your services. Post tips and advice about caring for pets on the website and share it with friends, relatives, and other people that you know.
Starting a pet sitting business does not need to cost a lot of money as it is possible to do it by yourself. The most important thing is that you are able to get clients who will give you regular jobs and pay for them. Once you have obtained a steady flow of paying clients, then it will be much easier for you to get new ones.
There are a lot of options that you can put into action in order to start your pet sitting business. The only thing that will be different is the type of clients and service that you offer. You may also want to consider specific locations in which you will place your ads and spend some time making sure that they are placed correctly to reach as many people as possible.