If the job search is boring or you need to add to your monthly income, here’s an out-of-the-box opportunity: pet sitting. Pet sitting has moved beyond the days of neighbor kids walking dogs into a 21st Century money-making business– Rover.com has made this possible. You don’t need to invent this business from scratch, and you can work as much or as little as you want. Rover provides a national online network linking pet sitters to pet owners looking for pet-care support.

This work is likely better than your day job. Check out 3 of the top benefits:

  1. You’re the boss. As a new business endeavor, you determine almost every aspect of what to offer and what to charge. First, you’ll decide what kind of pet care services you’d like to offer. This could include an overnight night stay at the pet owner’s home, boarding pets at your place, drop-in visits, day care services, or dog walking. You choose any combination of services to offer, determine the rates for each service, and set your own schedule. Check out other pet sitter profiles on Rover.com in your area to determine rates that match what pet owners are willing to pay for various services.
  1. You’re not alone in promoting your business. This work is based on loyalty. Once a pet owner finds a sitter they can trust, it’s a long-term match. When you’ve acquired a few new clients who love what you provide, they’re your best promoters. Ensure pet owners rate and review you online. When you wow your clients and their pets are happy, word of mouth can spread quickly. Also, Rover.com provides educational resources to help you grow your business.
  1. You’ll get a whole new lifestyle. There’s much more to enjoy than the additional income. You’re outside playing with dogs and inside relaxing with cute cats. In this job, work is playtime. Whether or not you’re quitting your 9-5 job, this work satisfies your need for both unconditional pet love and an excuse to get out and exercise any day of the week.

It’s easy to get started. First, complete your profile on Rover.com which will be reviewed by a team of pet sitting specialists to make sure you’re ready. Once you’re approved, you’ll be part of the Rover community with numerous resources and support to make this new adventure a success!

Author: Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.