I didn’t actually aim to grow pet sitting from a side hustle into an outright full-time job, but I should have known better. I mean, how did blogging start? I’m insane and apparently am allergic to free time…
My pet sitting schedule was getting a bit too hectic for me. 5+ basic jobs/visits a day with it nearly doubling around holidays and vacations plus a bunch of overnight pet sitting sprinkled throughout it all. My last couple of months had become 50+ hour pet sitting work weeks. That was difficult while balancing my part of the online business plus blogging itself, which all takes another 20-30 hours a week for just me.
Soooo, I pulled my husband in regularly. He and my roommate, Mandy, had filled in for me before, but now Mr. BFS is pet sitting nearly as much as me. I’m still the only one that does overnights, but he is covering most of my afternoon and evening jobs so I can have a life and he can still sleep late. He fits in his part of the online business in the late morning, early afternoon, and late night. We both fit in time with family and friends on our open parts of the evenings and weekends.
But what do we do when we both aren’t available?
That’s when Mandy stepped in. She covered and is covering our uber-busy day extras and our whole schedule when we travel. The one time that none of us three were available, my other friend and roommate stepped in. BUT, Mandy is nearly done with college. What happens when she’s interning and working and can’t cover day schedules anymore?
Outside the Friend Zone
I’m just now teaming up with my first non-family and non-close friend pet sitter. Her name will be “RB” here.
RB is in her late 20’s, has been a professional pet sitter for 7+ months, has been around animals her whole life, and is impressively quick to respond. She seems super smart, loves animals, and her references LOVE her. She’s motivated, in college to increase her work options, but wants to pet sit for life. She lives well outside of my general 10 mile radius for pet sitting, so she can grow her own clientele without either one of us stomping on each other’s toes. Yet we are close enough to make the 45 minute trek to each other’s areas when necessary.
In the end, we can cover each other’s “scraps” and vacation time, which will allow both of us some breathing room.
Since I don’t have enough extra work to justify a full-time employee, but hubby and I do need a little more help once in a while, this could work out magnificently. We’re each signing a contract to have it in writing that we won’t poach each other’s clients, we’ll both make a set amount for visits and overnights when we cover for each other so we both come home to a cut of the pie too, and we both seem excited with the new plan.
Yay for yet another new path on this crazy trail of self-employment, LOL!