Want to find out how to start a pet sitting business? According to entrepreneur Magazine pet sitting is one of the top 10 business opportunities today. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey thirty-nine percent of U.S. households (77.5 million) own at least one dog and thirty-three percent of U.S. households (38.2 million) own at least one cat.
Americans are crazy about their pets. In the U.S pets are even more popular than children and there are almost as many pets as people in the United States. Since pet owners work and travel it makes sense that they will constantly need services to care for their pets. Pet sitters can take care of these pets along with many other household duties including watering plants bring in the mail taking out the trash and other household duties.
Is a Pet Sitting Business for You?
If you enjoy working with people and animals the pet sitting business may be ideal for you. Most pet sitters to be successful need to be in operation around seven days a week at city and the serious business that no one should enter lightly and requires dedication and hard work and the ability to deal with problems as they arise.
Your income potential as a pet sitter really depends on the amount of services you provide. If you are checking up on a daily basis you could charge a small fee per visit. However many pet sitters take on other duties such as picking up trash bring in the mail walking or playing with the pets etc. The average pet sitter can expect to earn from $120-$200 a day minus you’re traveling expenses. If you specialize in dog sitting you can also offer in-home grooming services dog training classes and dog walking.
Where Pet Sitting Works Best
Pet sitting works best in high density areas like big cities if you live in a rural area you may have to travel a bit more. Those in more populated areas may be able to service approximately 8 to 12 clients per day based on how our visits and travel time. Your primary market will be working class singles career couples and people who regularly travel. In addition retired people or traveling business people are likely candidates to target for your pet services. You can also pursue new residents to the community who do not have family nearby who may need assistance.
There are several different ways to approach the business of that city
- you could actually live in the home of the pet owner while they are away
- you could open your own home to take care of pets while the client is way
- you could operate your pet sitting business as an agency a referral service to match potential clients to pet sitters
- you can make daily stops at a customer’s home to take care of the pets
Marketing Your Pet Business
A great way to get business as a new pet sitter is through free classified ads in Craigslist or your local newspaper. You may also want to start a referral relationship with other local businesses in your area such as pet stores veterinarian’s or pet groomers. Creating a website presents and a local Google listing for your business is also a great idea.
You’ll get info on how to attract new clients, and how to manage her time, how to get new pet sitting customers, how to determine if the market exists in your area, and what mistakes to avoid.
Check out the Pet Sitting Business DVD by My Pet Business
There also an excellent book called how to open and operate a financially successful pet sitting business.
This paperback guide will share with you the basic concepts of starting your own pet sitting service. Inside this book you’ll learn the basics of accounting and bookkeeping procedures as well as thousands of great pet sitting tips and useful guidelines. The book also comes with sample business plans you can use for your own business to help you get started as quickly as possible.