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How to Make Money as a Pet Sitter & Enjoy Parenthood

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

Given you’ve already acquired the skills to watch your children run around like animals, you’re qualified for another job that pays you for the same skills--it’s called pet sitting.  Ready for one of the most versatile mom-friendly jobs out there?  Rover.com connects pet owners and pet sitters across the country.  If you don’t have time to update your resume or you’re tired of coordinating childcare and your work schedule, setup your own pet sitting business that works with your life. Check out the benefits of being a Pet Sitter with Rover.com:

Customize Your Work Life

With Rover.com you determine what you can and can’t do as a pet sitter. You don’t have to explain your busy life! Choose your own schedule. When you setup your online profile, pick the days and times that you’re available.  Pet owners access your availability online and book you for appointments. You’ll also pick your pay rate and the pet care services that you can offer. If you simply need a little extra cash flow, offer a few basic pet care services like dog walking and overnight pet care on the weekends. If you’re ready to build this into a full-time business, it’s yours to create. Rover will connect you to educational resources and support to promote and build your business.

Bring the Kids to Work

Bring your kids along on your pet sitting duties (be sure to okay this with the pet owner, prior)!  Even if you’ve got one dog client that’s kid-friendly, it’s a match made in heaven. Get paid to watch your kids run around with the dog until all of them are ready for a nap. Plus, if your kids have been begging for a pet of their own, this is the perfect solution to introduce them to the responsibilities pet ownership. They’ll learn the ins and outs of pet care until they’re ready for the job at home.

Take Time For Yourself

On the days you’re ready for a break from everyone, enjoy your own personal time pet sitting. Grab a book or a ball and head to the dog park time with your canine buddies.  Whether you own pets or not, you can never get enough furry friend love.There’s no demands from the boss and no kids crying. Your colleagues are gooey-eyed and loving your attention. Is there any better medicine for momhood? You choose how to spend your pet sitting time. Is it time for a dog walk on the beach or a cat nap with the kitties?

Leave the Laundry & Get Outside

If your exercise routine consists of carrying children and loads of laundry, pet sitting provides some perks. Take your dog clients out for a run or a hike.  No need to pay for a gym membership when you’re enjoying time outside playing fetch in the park. Even your cat clients love a little yoga time. If you’ve spent all day in the office, this is your ticket outside. Pack up the kids for a picnic dinner and a dog walk around the lake.  

Built-in Safety

You don’t need extra safety concerns on your list of mom-worries. Rover.com provides 24/7 access to support if you encounter problems while you’re pet sitting. You will be connected to vet assistance or other resources that the Support Team can offer.  If you’re already wondering how your insurance is going to cover this, don’t fret.  Rover also provides premium insurance coverage, so you have the protection you need.


Join the community of pet sitters on Rover.com, and let us be your resource for any questions you have about getting started today!

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