Some careers can be very rewarding while others are just plain boring. If you’re stuck in a dead-end job working 50 hours a week and making just enough money to put a roof over your head and food on the table, now might be a good time to consider a change of career. So what kind of jobs should you apply for that will make you look forward to working each and every day?
You can be a pet sitter. The nice thing about this job is that you don’t have to deal with a boss and you’re not confined to working from 9 to 5 daily. In fact, you can set your own schedule. And if you love pets, then you get to spend time with pets like dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and personalities AND get paid for it.
Why Work From Home as a Pet Sitter
If you care for animals, you can have a very rewarding job as a pet sitter. One that you don’t have to dread each day and one that gives you a sense of fulfillment. In addition, people become pet sitters because it gives them the freedom to do what they want without anyone barking orders at them. Pet sitting is sort of like a business; you run it and you determine how much work you want to put in and how much money you want to make.
Speaking of money, this job also pays well. Let’s say you can visit 8 households/pets every day, with a duration of 30 minutes per visit. If you charge $15 per visit this amounts to $120 per day. If you do this 5 days a week, you’ll be earning $600 a week or $31,200 a year. If you increase your visits to 10 per day, then you’ll earn $39,000 in one year! Not bad for working 5-7 hours a day.
Perhaps the only requirement to become a pet sitter is that you have to love animals. Whether it is a dog, cat, mouse, parrot, ferret, alpaca or a goat, you have to have a genuine desire to care for them. Otherwise, it just won’t work out for you.
Secondly, you should have time on your hands. If this is your full time job, then time won’t really be a problem. If it’s a second job, then you may be limited to working on weekends or evenings.
Pet sitters perform a number of tasks. They are usually hired if the pet owners are on vacation or are unable to care for their pets because they’re at work. First and foremost, you will need to visit the client’s house and feed their pet. You will also walk the pet (if it’s a dog) at certain times of the day.
In some cases, pet sitters will be required to stay overnight to provide comfort and companionship to the pet, although in some cases, you can bring the client’s pet to your home. You will be paid for these special requests of course. Other functions include bathing and grooming the pet as well as logging animal behavior.
Finding Pet Sitting Opportunities
When you first start your “career” as a work from home pet sitter, you shouldn’t expect to have plenty of clients quickly. Perhaps you can convince your friends and neighbors to let you walk their dog or feed their cat while they’re away. When you do your job well, then word of your services will go out and slowly you will begin to attract new clients.
It also helps to advertise your service online. Just make sure you indicate your location and the areas you are willing to cover. Handing out business cards or brochures is also recommended.