Post # 1
I would love to start a dog walking/pet sitting type of business. It’s going to only be me. Being a pet owner and completely crazy animal lady… I have found myself in situations where I have to go out with my husband or something but don’t want to leave the house because I feel bad I have to lock my beagle up in his crate for more than 4 hours or so. I barely ever do this, because I breaks my heart. But sometimes I have too. I know there is other people out there this happens too as well wether they have to go to work or step out for the afternoon. I want to help. I would love to start a FB page or something called Steph’s pet sitting and if see people would contact me. I could walk the dog so they can pee and feed them play with them for few before they have to go back in to there crate or whatever the case may be. I have the time to do this and would love to do this. But….. how do I get the word out?what could I do
Post # 2
I live in a small town, I want to like do it in my town…there’s a local grocery store I could post a fancy flyer maybe? I need ideas please
Post # 3
My friend advertises her services on PetSitter.com. Might be a good site to check out!
Post # 4
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
This already exists. You can sign up as a walker and/or sitter for Rover and Wag.
Post # 6
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 # 8
Yes get insurance. Don’t even think about caring for someone else’s pet without liability coverage.
Post # 9
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.