ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pet Sitting as a Side Hustle

Updated on October 7, 2019

If you’re looking to make a little extra cash, there are quite a few ways to go about it. It’s always easiest if you turn to your own hobbies and interests, because then you can find something that will not only earn money, but something that you enjoy as well. Pet sitting for your neighbors, friends, or even family is a great and easy way to earn extra cash, especially if you're a responsible animal lover.

Before you get involved in trying to establish yourself as a pet sitter, you’re going to want to read up on information so that you’re knowledgeable. If a potential client asks you a question, you want to be able to answer it in a professional manner. Look around online to see what other people are charging so that you’re sure that your rates are competitive and fair. Look into pet care as well. Pets are usually very low maintenance, as long as you have the right instructions on what to do. Be wary, however, since there are some pets that need to have more attention, or have more medical needs than others. Usually, if you’re about to pet sit a high maintenance animal, your client will tell you. Just make sure that you’re well informed, so that you know about anything and everything that might come your way. The last thing that you want is to run into health problems with an animal that isn’t your own.

After that, the first thing that you’re going to want to do is establish yourself as a business. There are always pet grooming salons and daycare centers that hire people for their pet sitting positions, but you can do this on your own as well. Start with your friends and family. Pet sitting is a simple job, you don’t need to buy any fancy equipment to get started, so your entire budget can be spent on getting your name out there. Make business cards or flyers and hand them out. Once you’ve exhausted the resources that your family and friends can provide you, start handing out flyers to strangers. You can put them up on college campuses and ask pet store owners if they’ll let you put one up in their store. Word of mouth is the best business though, so make sure that you talk to as many people as possible. Your possible future clients are going to be more likely to trust you than they are your flyer.

Once you’ve put your name out there, people should start calling you. Remember to remain professional, and remember that you want to sound approachable and informed. Let the client tell you what they want, and remember that you’re there to make sure that they get what they want – but don’t forget that you’re there to get paid, not walked all over.

It’s best to remain organized, once you’ve got everything set up and people start calling in. That way you can be sure that you don’t double book yourself. It’s fine to have more than one pet at your own home on the same day, if you’re pet sitting in your own home, but it is not okay to bring another animal to a client’s home.

All in all, pet sitting is one of the best ways for an animal lover to make a little extra money. It’s so fun that it can hardly be considered work at all.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)