Your Pet Sitting Business – Getting Started

Friday, 5 April, 2013

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A pet sitting business is a great idea for anyone who loves animals. As more and more families have both parents working they have less and less time to care for their pets. Your pet sitting business will include walking dogs, visiting pets that are left alone all day and staying with pets while their owners are away on vacation.

What Does a Pet Sitter Do?

Pet sitting involves walking dogs, feeding birds, playing with kittens, staying with pets while their owners are away and scooping poop. It is up to you what services you offer.

Usually you will start off doing small jobs like walking dogs and checking on animals during the day. You need to build trust with your clients before they will ask you to stay in their home with their pet while they are abroad.

You will be looking after pets of all descriptions from goldfish to parakeets and from snakes to horses, so be sure to expect the unexpected at all times.

Pet Sitting Business – Legal Necessities

Dogs in particular can cause a lot of damage to people and property, so every pet sitting business needs to have insurance as well as properly drawn up legal contracts. This is what separates the well-run professional business from the teenager who walks a few dogs.

female pet sitting business owner with dogYou will need to check whether you need a business license because this varies according to where you live. In the United States check what you need at the Small Business Administration Site.

You will also need a business name and a logo. For your business name think *original*, search for your preferred name online to check whether any other nearby business already uses that name. Try to get your city into the business name  because people search for dog sitting services + city name.

Your logo needs to be original, pay a graphic designer to do it because it is going to be the image of your business. It needs to be professional looking rather than just a free one comes with Microsoft Publisher.

Marketing Your Pet Sitting Business

Flyers are the lowest cost way to attract interest in your service. Print them on colored paper and include your photograph with various animals. Walk around your target area and put a flyer in every mailbox.

Have some tee-shirts and sweatshirts printed with your logo, make sure to include your business phone number as part
of your design. Give your company tee-shirts to friends and relatives and ask them to wear them around town.

There are various databases of pet sitters where you can register for a fee. It is probably better to set up your own website before you start paying out money to third party organizations. Building your own site is much easier than most people think, and you can do it for free. People expect even the smallest business to have a website nowadays and it should bring you a lot of business.

References
Small Business Administration Site

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