In this article, I’ll provide you with all the tools you need to become a successful pet sitter. I’ve used house and pet sitting websites almost exclusively over the last 2 years to extend and enhance my travel experiences, as I traverse the world as a digital nomad. I’ve learned a lot and had many amazing experiences so far.
Knowing how to get started can be a daunting concept, I remember it well! I have plenty of tips and advice for getting yourself on the pet sitting ladder. Once you’re up and running it’s also important to be great at it. Good, ideally 5-star, reviews are vital for securing future sits. All the skills you need to be a successful pet sitter will be outlined for you here.
What is a Pet Sitter?
Pet sitting is where you live in someone’s home for an agreed period, to ensure their pets (and sometimes plants!) maintain the same kind of lifestyle they’re used to enjoying with their family. It’s a terrific option for hosts too, as it means they save a fortune on kennel or cattery fees.
As a pet sitter, you’ll enjoy the comforts of a home (rather than a hotel room, or hostel), and the companionship of some wonderful pets. It’s a great way to explore areas on your must-visit list and have an enhanced, more in-depth traveling experience. And, you’ll save a ton of money on those expensive accommodation costs.
Requirements to Become a Successful Pet Sitter
Thousands of pet sitting listings are currently available but you won’t secure any by simply firing off a quick email. Here are a few of my top requirements that all potential pet sitters should consider before diving in head first.
Get signed up: I’ll cover this in more depth later, but first things first, get signed up on at least one pet sitting website. There are many great ones available that come with different prices and subsequent benefits. Trusted Housesitters is my go-to choice but as I said, much more on this to come.
Be an animal lover: Perhaps the most obvious thing I’ll say in this post! Being an animal lover is pretty much a prerequisite for pet sitting. For the most part, animals often need a good amount of love and attention. Be sure this is something you’ll enjoy doing for an extended period.
Build an amazing profile: Whichever site you sign up with will have the facility to build a personal profile. This should demonstrate your best traits, experience, and reasons for wanting to pet sit. As you…