Advice please from animal lovers

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My friend advertises her services on PetSitter.com. Might be a good site to check out!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

zoey830 :  Beeeeeeeeagle! They’re my fave! I have 2 (mixes). LOVE them.

A couple things come to mind.

Years ago I did overnight stays in people’s homes while they were away so I could watch their dogs and houses. It just started out at work and word of mouth. They all wanted someone they could trust their home and pet to. You could even offer a free or very reduced first visit to maybe get some clientele going. Word of mouth is everything with regards to pet sitting!

I am on a few neighborhood pages on FB. I’ve seen people post there about their services. I would come up with a very succinct message to put out. Grammar checks and all.

And have you looked at rover.com? There’s a whole website for this!

I am actually in need of one in October and December and I don’t know anyone personally. OY! I’m a little nervous about this.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 This already exists. You can sign up as a walker and/or sitter for Rover and Wag.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

zoey830 :  GET INSURANCE!!! Seriously do NOT start doing this without insurance. It is stupid cheap and covers your ass. If a dog gets hurt on your watch the owners are going to expect you to pay the vet bill.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I second Rover.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Yes get insurance. Don’t even think about caring for someone else’s pet without liability coverage. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My mom started a pet sitting business a few years ago. She made a really nice website, and made sure that it comes up when people search for things like “pet sitting Dallas”, “dog walking Dallas”, etc. She contacted other local pet sitters so that when they needed to turn down a job, they could recommend her to the client. She had business cards printed to give to apartment complexes to hand out. I believe she hung up fliers on apartment doors. She also has a magnetic ad with her business name and phone number on her car. 

You NEED to be insured through Pet Sitters Associates. That will also make your business seem more legtimate.

Let me know if you have any other questions about it. 

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