Six Months In

If someone had told me a year ago that I would soon be a pet sitter, I would have said "I don't think so." But here I am, six months in having the best time I have had in a long time. I make my own hours and get paid for playing with or walking dogs or just sitting around, which I'm really good at! I even have staff (unpaid, the best kind).

I have watched 25 animals in all (four being cats) with 5 repeat clients. I have 18 5-star reviews and rank #1 for boarding in my city and zip code. There are separate ranking for the other services a sitter offers, but since I do boarding the most, that's what I go by. The algorithm works kind of strange, so I'm trying not to get a big head over it.

There isn't any one dog I would NOT watch again, but there are a few I'm not too crazy about. I wish I was making more money but that's my choice to only watch one at a time. If you break it down to a 24 hour period, I'm making about a dollar an hour. Clients really like that their dog has my undivided attention and I think if I watched more, it would be less fun and more work. And we wouldn't want that!

I'm having to start turning people away into October because I'm already booked. It's a good thing but I feel bad, especially with previous clients. They liked what I offered and they want to come back but can't. I just want to take them all. Thanksgiving week is full with 2 dogs from the same family at holiday pay. Nice!

So far, so good then and I hope in another 6 months I will still be loving it.


Grumpy said…
You're getting much more than a dollar an hour in fun and love.
kden said…
Yes, that's true Grumpy. I'm sure the majority of sitters don't get into it for the money.
Valerie said…
Doesn't time fly? It only seems a few weeks since you started your doggy business and here you are, well known and in great demand. Congratulations.
Mr. Shife said…
This makes me happy to hear and I am glad it is going well. And I really do enjoy hearing about all of your doggie adventures. Take care.

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