By now you’ve read our post on 5 Ways to NOT Get A Job with us. We are currently looking to hire and thought we’d take a moment to share the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to pet sitting as a part time job.
The great things about being a pet sitter are:
- The schedule changes daily so it’s rarely boring.
- You can do your grocery shopping at 10am on a Tuesday when no one else is in the store.
- You can schedule a doctor’s appointment without having to worry about scheduling time off from work.
- You can take a nap during the day.
- You are almost always greeted by wiggly, happy pets.
- Pets don’t care if you’re wearing makeup or not.
- You can do morning visits in your pajamas.
- Walking dogs is like being paid to exercise.
- You get paid to play with pets!
- The job is very independent. No one is looking over your shoulder at every moment (unless the client has a camera).
- You’re not stuck in a cubicle or behind a desk all day.
- You get lots of kisses that won’t get you in trouble with your significant other.
- It’s great for self employed or retired people since the hours are so different than a regular job.
Of course there is always a flip side to everything. Pet sitting isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. It’s hard work.
What are the negatives of being a pet sitter?
- The early morning/late night schedule can be a drag sometimes.
- There is a LOT of driving involved.
- Saying goodbye to pets that pass away is hard because you get attached.
- Walking in the middle of a blizzard or a monsoon is no fun.
- Driving in a blizzard or monsoon is no fun either.
- Cleaning up diarrhea or vomit. (Need I say more?)
- Depending on how long a client is gone you may have to work more than seven days in a row.
- You’ll probably get peed on at some point.
- Walking in extreme heat can be challenging.
- You have to work holidays (but you get paid time and a half and sometimes clients leave you really nice gifts).
- There is no paid time off.
Now that you know the ins and outs of what a pet sitting job really entails, do you know someone that would make a great pet sitter? Send them our way, we are hiring. Visit our employment page for more information.