Interested in running your own Pet Sitting Business?

Have you been thinking about running your own pet sitting business?

Wouldn't it be great working with animals and getting paid for it? Yes it would be for most animal lovers, but then again it's not for everyone.

Pet sitting is a fast growing sector of the pet care industry. It has become very popular as more and more people are living busy lifestyles and working long hours but at the same time don't want to leave their pets home alone.

It's also very popular with people going on vacation and not wanting or able to take their best friends with them. Having someone look after your pet either at their home or yours is proving a popular alternative to boarding kennels.

So this means......? Well it means there are opportunities out there for people who are willing to put in the time and effort to learn about this industry. This means learning about both the animal care and business side of things. Running any kind of pet care business involves more than just looking after animals.

We don't want to put you off the idea, however we do want to make you aware that there may be things you have not thought of, such as the business planning and administration side of things. And make sure you have the appropriate insurance cover such as for public liability and any other applicable insurance cover. You never know what might happen! Depending on where you live, there may be laws that relate to the operation of a business and also in relation to animals, particularly in residential areas. Always seek professional advice before buying or starting any type of business.

So what does a pet sitter do? The role of a sitter can vary considerably depending on the type of service your business provides and whether you operate from home or from commercial premises.

Some examples of what you may be required to do include:

*Looking after pets at your premises including feeding, walking, playing

*Looking after pets at the owners home

*Collecting and walking dogs or taking them to day care or your own premises

*Collecting and taking pets to the vet for the owner/s

*Some sitters may also look after the owners home while they are away and include things such as mowing the lawns, watering plants, collecting the mail, etc.

*Various other duties as required

If you love animals and are looking for a business with relatively low start up and operating costs, then this could be for you.

As with any business venture, always do your research and planning first, and get professional advice.

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