So you love dogs?

AND you love making extra money?

Well, my friend, let me tell you about the magic of Rover.com. By dog sitting, you keep people from having to put their pets in harmful kennels when they go on vacation. Gone are the days of others putting off much needed trips or opportunities because they cannot find the perfect person to watch their dog! Rover solves that.

How does it work?

Rover works by connecting YOU, the dog sitter, with clients who need someone to watch their animals and/or house. They can find you, message you, and you can figure out the best way to help them. Rover helps facilitate the transactions, sends the money via your PayPal, and even helps cover you in the event of emergencies or faulty clients.

Get Started Today!

To get started, go to www.rover.com and sign up for a sitter account. You’ll have to verify that you are a real person and they do complete background checks, out of concern for the animal safety. Once you get your profile created you can set your services and your rates. You can offer dog/house sitting, dog boarding, cat sitting, dog walking, or drop-in visits. You can even offer additional services like dog washing, nail trimming, pick-up, and drop-off.

Tips for Making the Most Money

  • LOVE the dogs. Give the animals you watch lots of attention and love, make them feel welcome in your home. If they feel more certain with you, surely your clients will come back.
  • Don’t undersell yourself. If you have good reviews, experience, and great service, make sure that your rate reflects that.
  • Offer those extra services. Don’t forget to mention to your clients that you can give their dog a bath while they are visiting for an extra few dollars or you can pick up the pups so that they don’t have to go out of their way.
  • Take LOTS of pictures. Post pictures of your house, yard, and dogs so that owners get a sense of where they are sending their dogs if you offer boarding. When you are with a Rover dog, take lots of pictures to send to the owner. These end up on your profile and help to boost your rankings.

How Much Can you Make?

Rover advertises that you can make up to $1,000 a month with their service. There are those who make even more than that. For most, dog sitting is a side job that can make you some extra cash. However, if you really dedicate yourself, advertise, and find the right set of clients, Rover can get you a full-time income. I’m not sure it gets much better than having a day job that means playing with puppies.