Paws and Payment: the Pet-Sitting Game

Want to get connected to a network that’s the best of both worlds, also known as sweet pets and extra green? Of course you do! Rover.com is where the magic happens. Here’s how to sign up, market yourself, and be the best pet sitter around.

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Pretty self-explanatory, but before you sign up and become a full-fledged pet sitter on Rover, you’re going to want to get a good understanding of how other sitters market themselves. What does a sitter profile look like, which services are available to offer, and how do you frame your business?

Create a profile.

Roll up your sleeves and let people know what a caring, attentive, and responsible pet sitter you are! Keep a few things in mind when you create your Rover profile:

Be passionate! Potential clients want to see that you’ll genuinely enjoy the experience of caring for their four-legged loves. Since that’s a big part of the reason you want to become a sitter, make sure your bio advertises that – it’s the first thing that clients see, and an essential step towards a great first impression of you.

Ask for reviews from friends! Your pals have first-hand accounts of how much you care for pets and understand what their needs are, so have them write reviews. Clients will base a significant portion of their decision to hire you based on what other people have said. Plus, once you start getting more clients, that means more reviews that advertise how wonderful you are at caring for pets.

Be upfront! Be honest when creating your profile about the kind of care you can provide, the breeds you’re comfortable with, and the kind of experience you have. There’s a perfect pet sitter for every client, and that could very well be you – as long as you let people know what they’re getting.

Arrange a meet-and-greet.

If this is your first time pet setting, it’s a great idea to meet the dog or cat beforehand to make sure you, the client and the pet are all comfortable enough for you to take on the job. Clients will appreciate the attention, care, and caution, and you’ll get the chance to ask questions and understand exactly what you’re diving into.

Enjoy your new adventure.

There are a million different reasons that people sign up to become pet sitters. Some like the chance to pad their income, some just want a change of pace outside their other job or jobs, and some just love to connect with new pups and help people by offering a year-round, in-demand service. Whatever the reason for becoming a pet sitter on Rover.com, no matter the frequency or number of jobs you take, you’re accomplishing a very lovely concept of helping people and helping their adorable furry friends. Oh yeah, and the extra income never hurts.

Written by Casey Dickson, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

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