Remember how pet sitting was going to be my side hustle to accompany being a self-employed full-time blogger? Yeah, well, I think a job loses “side hustle” status when it starts requiring 30+ hours a week consistently. I have two full time jobs again.
Side Hustle To Full Time Job
From February 2014 to now, there have been super busy pet sitting weeks (30+ hours), but it still felt like a hobby job. Starting in early March 2015, I’m going to be at pet sitting jobs as much as I’ll be online for at least a month straight. I’m excited and exhausted just thinking about it, LOL.
What happened is that I finally have enough “regulars” that I have a solid schedule. Mondays-Thursdays for a mid-morning puppy pee break. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for an all-Australian Shepherd walk. Sunday poop scooping. Fairly regular twice-a-day visits for several days a week for a traveling work couple. And now I will be doing 3 visits a day, every day for a month straight while a Pomeranian pup momma has to go out of the country for work. That month-long job will be rinse-and-repeat every other month for the rest of the year.
That doesn’t even include the one-offs and long weekends from other customers, most of which are repeat clients too.
I don’t know exactly how my writing sounds on this subject. I’m not complaining, but I’m not bragging either. I’m satisfied.
I honestly did not intend for pet sitting to become another “real” job. I just have a very hard time turning down money, and I do enjoy other people’s pets. I seem to be able to have a life with my friends and family despite my online work and pet sitting hours. It helps that my husband is stepping up even more on both businesses too.
Overall, I will be putting about 40 hours a week into pet sitting PLUS at least one overnight stay (like a slumber party at the Pomeranians’ home) for March, May, July, September, and November. I also am living at someone else’s home for a weekend in March, a week in August, and a couple of other weeks that are being picked soon.
With my hubby covering occasional pet sitting visits for me, this isn’t taking away my ability to volunteer with SMART Animal Rescue or with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In fact, I may be getting a second “Little” with Big Brothers Big Sisters soon. They are happy with how the match between me and my “Little Bro'” has gone so far. I also seem to be fitting in about 2-3 nights during the week with friends and usually 1 weekend day or evening.
I feel solid. Like I have a working routine even if the specifics change regularly. I am also less worried about money now than I’ve ever been since I feel like I do indeed have control over my own income diversity. Pet sitting has been bringing in an average of $1000 a month. Now it’ll be around $1500-$1750 on average thanks to the $2500 months. I just have to take better care of myself because getting sick would throw both of my self-employment jobs into problems if I’m out for more than a couple of days…knock on all the wood…
How is your time looking? Do you feel satisfied with your life right now? If so, what specifically is working for you? If not, why?