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You know I enjoy writing about side hustles from time to time. Recently the kids started talking about pets again and started to analyze the pros and cons of having a cat or a dog at home again. As it’s a bit much to have a full-time pet, I thought it was an interesting idea to post about pet sitting for others!
I ran across a site, Rover.com. This site is very similar to Care.com where you can find professional sitters for your loved ones. Rover.com offers everything you need to start a pet sitting business for others, and surprisingly, it’s more than just pet sitting for dogs.
What’s it like working for Rover?
Rover.com provides you with everything you need to get started, so it’s a simple process. They have support staff to guide you through the difficult times and a wonderful community board to ask questions and chat with other Rover.com sitters and clients.
You may want to work for Rover to save up money for a vacation, pay bills on the side, or just have a cushion account. You could even want to do this to pass the time away with a furry friend. It’s also a great way to get your bored pets some company.
Using Rover.com, you are in charge, so you create your own schedule, working as little or as much as you want. This can go from as little as two hours a week to a full-time situation. You can watch dogs, cats, fish, and chickens if they are in your area!
Below are a few reviews I’ve found from pet sitter using Rover.com:
- A Brookfield, IL resident wrote Best Job Ever – I absolutely love Rover. I’ve been looking for work on the side to help with student loans and overall expenses, and this is the perfect job. As a dog lover, I couldn’t ask for better “clients” and have yet to have a bad experience with an actual client or Rover itself. I love that I can set my own hours and prices, and Rover does a great job of promoting my profile to potential customers. Long story short, if you love dogs and are looking to make some extra money, this is the way to do it.
- A Fairfield, CA resident wrote Fun place to work, especially for those looking to go into the pet business. – Rover has allowed me to get my name out there and has helped me work with a lot more animals that I would not have worked with otherwise. It has given me decent amounts of work and made me realize that caring for pets is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
- A San Francisco, CA resident wrote Great support – Having 24-hour support while with a client was a great resource. They were able to help in a variety of different situations and were always prompt with responses.
- An Atlanta, GA resident wrote Productive work experience– This company is an excellent opportunity for the retiree, stay at home moms, disabled or anyone who desires a home-based business. No stress!!! I truly love caring for animals because they bring me such joy and peace.
So, as you can see, people from all walks of life and reasons are working using Rover.com.
How much can you make with Rover?
Now, let’s get real. How much can you make using Rover.com and is it worth it? Regardless of the fee’s, I’d say that having a personal profile page on a trusted site that people actively go to make the fee’s worth it.
Payment is done via PayPal or a check mailed out to you. Since you are setting your own rates, you keep 80% and Rover.com takes 20% to cover their fee’s. From what I did review, it’s possible clients can use coupons which will deduct from your 80% though.
The earnings will vary based on the services you offer as well as if you are watching pets on a part-time or full-time basis. The area you live in also takes into account how much you can make. Popular cities such as Chicago or San Francisco have many people looking for pet sitters. More rural areas, yeah, not so much!
For instance, checking out the Rover.com’s Q&A Community here is some earnings potential:
- I love doing drop-in visits because it is still 30 minutes, but part is walking, feeding, and petting and if you charge $12/walk or $12/drop-in visit, then schedule at least 3 visits daily with a dog for a week, you are already at $252/week so around $1000/month.
- I’m a part-time walker and drop in sitter in my mid-sized Midwest town, started in July ’15. I now have a regular clientele of M-F working people who need their pups checked in on between 11-3. Plus, occasional repeat customers at other times. I’ve kept my price the same since I started. I’m netting $1000-1100 a month working about 20-25 hours a week.
- 2 weeks of bookings per month works for me. I would like to reach an annual of $10,000 per year. I charge $35 a night, $25 for the additional dog, and $50 per night for holidays. This is competitive in my area, SF Bay. I have not raised my rates yet.
What qualifications do I need to have?
You aren’t opening a kennel, so the qualifications are minimal to get started working for Rover.com. Of course, you will be screened to ensure you aren’t in any animal rights violations or have abuse complaints against yourself. However, to pet sit, you do not need a ton of training nor any certifications.
You do however need to provide a safe environment for the pets. It should also be fun and nurturing. And more than anything else, you need to actually love being with these pets because animals can sense everything!
Getting started is easy!
Contrary to what you may believe, getting started pet sitting is easy with Rover.com. There is a small background fee to get started, but it’s well worth it. The background check fee does vary from $10-$35 based on the services you plan to provide, i.e. you stay at a client’s home versus the client dropping their pet off at your home.
There are four easy steps to get started:
- Create your profile – Your profile is all about you and the services you offer. Tell your story of why you are with Rover.com. Give details and photos of your home, family (including your own pets), and show off the environment your client’s pets will be at. If you have references, be sure to add them.
- Wait for the review – The review process is performed manually. Yes, they are reading your profile. After acceptance, your profile is uploaded live to millions of pet owners. However, remember, not everyone is accepted.
- Start monitoring your business – This truly is a business now. So be sure to check in often to update your schedule, rates, be clear on your services, and accept/reject offers.
- Get the support you need –com does take pride in assisting you. This is all a part of the 20% fee they keep of course! They provide continuous 24/7 support, insurance plans, and a team of professionals dedicated to seeing you succeed.
Your Expenses using Rover.com
Using Rover.com is a great way to start up your own business. Since we’re using the term business, yes, there are expenses! The initial expense related to Rover.com is the background check. You pay nothing directly out of your pocket monthly.
You do, however, want to have a fun and safe environment for any pet you sit for so think about having your own cages, leashes, grooming materials, chew toys, feeding utensils and food, pet proof hardware, and safe cleaning agents to name a few.
You also may want to market your business locally, so business cards, car magnets, and flyers are great. Services such as VistaPrint.com and Moo.com have low-cost options for you to design your own materials. However, Rover.com has optional marketing materials you can order as well.
I hope this helps guide you in the right direction towards making money dog sitting with Rover.com. Do you think this would be a great business idea for you and your family?