As many of you know, I’ve been a dog sitter on Rover for well over 2 years now. Its become one of my favorite side hustles in the sharing economy/gig economy. For someone who already owns a dog, setting up your own dog sitting business is pretty easy – you already have to take care of your own dog, so taking care of a second dog doesn’t really add any additional work to your plate. Rover asked me if one of their team members could write a post about the benefits of being a Rover sitter, which I thought was a great idea. The following post is written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
Financial freedom has never been as accessible as it is now, with the Internet making side hustles and freelance gigs easier to find than ever. But with so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know which sites will waste your time–and which tools offer tangible benefits.
If you’re a dog lover like me, you’ve probably wondered how to turn your passion into profit. But without jumping into a career that requires years of training and long hours of work–like becoming a veterinarian–or giving away your time by volunteering at a shelter, how do you get into this field?
That’s where Rover.com comes in. This unique site offers dog lovers a way to trade their time–and love of pets–for steady, flexible income. By connecting dog owners with sitters, Rover enables each to find exactly what they’re looking for. The best part? Well, it’s hard to choose!
#1 Get Paid to Play
Playtime has neurological and emotional benefits for all of us, but most people stop playing by the time they reach adulthood. Research shows that play makes us more creative and innovative, happier, and more resilient. Dogs love to play, and that’s one of the reasons that spending time with pets is so beneficial for humans! It’s hard to beat a job that improves your life so directly.
#2 Work When You Want
Rover’s calendar allows you to mark your available days and hours, so you’ll field requests only for times you can work. Then, you’ll be able to decide on each request that comes your way. Accept only those that work for you–and you’ll have the dream work schedule! You can board dogs overnight, provide doggy daycare, or just stop by an owner’s home for a midday walk. Whatever you choose, you’re in total control.
#3 Set Your Own Rates
Gone are the days of depending on a boss to assess what you’re worth. You get to determine the value of your services, based on your expertise and local competition. You might start off with lower rates, then up them over time as you gain experience, reviews, and clientele.
#4 Improve Your Fitness
Dog sitters and dog walkers are more active than the general population! Whether caring for a pup provides the motivation to go for a run or you just burn calories while you play, you’re likely to work your cardiovascular system more thoroughly in the company of your Rover friend. You’ll feel better, and more ready to tackle whatever challenges life throws your way.
Editors Note: You all know I’m a big fan of side hustles that help you to stay fit – it’s why I do things like doing deliveries on my bike using food delivery apps. I never thought about it this way, but Rover definitely helps you on the fitness side. When I’m watching another pup, I’m much more motivated to get outside and go on walks.
#5 Achieve Financial Freedom
Maybe you’ve got a pile of debt to pay off. Maybe you’re trying to buy a house. Or maybe you’re saving up so you can afford a dog of your own! Rover brings your goals within reach. If you work from home, you can easily increase your income by providing daycare–and stick to your regular routine. Sitting and dog-walking can also work around your day job: they’re a perfect side gig. Each walk, playtime, and doggy dinner will bring you one step closer to your dreams. Sign up today and see what all the bark is about!