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Side Hustle SUCCESS – Pet Sitting Rakes in $1000+ in First Month!!!

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It’s 2:30am on April 3rd, 2014 and this will be posting in 2.5 hours…THEN:

  • 6am – waking up to take care of two cats
  • 10am – walking and feeding two dogs
  • 11am – drive to my grandparent’s for lunch with my cousins
  • 2pm – the two cats are being picked up thanks to my awesome roommates
  • 9pm – meeting with a client to schedule her Easter weekend pet sitting
  • 10pm – walk the same two dogs again as I did at 10am

Motivated Again

I should be asleep, but I just got in bed 20 minutes ago since I had to walk some dogs at 11pm, take a shower, then answer some urgent emails for my online business, update my records for pet sitting for 2014’s taxes, and finally, I wanted to write this post while I was still buzzing with adrenaline.

Today’s schedule is one of the busiest of the last month or so, but every day has had something.  I’ve been physically exhausted, but mentally, I’m pumped!  I forgot how much I love making new business ideas work!  I’m getting more done online even though I have way less time than for the last year or so.  I’m like that – I’m at my best when I am extremely busy.  Woot!!!

Crystal's Cozy Care Pet Sitting

Proof that Hobby Jobs Can Make Money

For the disbelievers out there, side hustles can make you good money fast (check out my top 10 tips here).  I started Crystal’s Cozy Care Pet Sitting by posting on Craigslist and getting my first job on February 27.  I made $1125 by March 27.  Now, a week later, the total is around $1320!

So far, it has cost:

  • $60 in gas so far thanks to making 30mpg and having close gigs
  • $44 in advertising ($20 for business cards and $24 for car magnet signs) – Thanks to my friend, J, for the free, super awesome design below!!!
  • $8 in extras like a poop bag dispenser with bags and a small bag of treats

Crystals Cozy Care Car Magnet Sign

That brings the NET TOTAL to $1208 in about 5 weeks!!!  And I have $120 lined up for the next week.

Right now, I am using a pet sitting release-of-liability contract to cover my butt (along with a healthy dose of common sense), but my pet sitting insurance is going to take a $300 bite out of my earnings next week.  It’ll be worth it to be able to advertise that I’m bonded and insured.

Taxes will also take their bite in April 2015, which is why I am on the ball with recording my mileage, costs, income, etc.  BUT, I’m just really happy that my chosen side hustle is taking off, forces me to exercise, and is helping animals have a less stressful time when their owners are away.  In-their-home pet sitting seems better for everyone involved.

Mushy Stuff

As you may have noticed with my online business, I have turned a side hustle into real money before.  I just wasn’t 100% sure that it wasn’t a one-time thing.  I’m unexplainably exuberant about my successful entrepreneurial spirit…I feel like it’s a family heirloom that has been passed down the generations and I’m just happy it’s in me too.  🙂  My great-grandparents – the bakers, the butchers, and the pelt sellers before them – would all be proud…well, at least that is what I’m feeling right now.  😉

Please share all of your side hustle stories below!  Anybody else find a fun way of making $1000+ a month on the side?  Please share!  🙂

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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12 thoughts on “Side Hustle SUCCESS – Pet Sitting Rakes in $1000+ in First Month!!!

  1. Congrats! This took off so quickly! I love cats and wouldn’t mind taking care of them when their owner’s away. In fact, I just did that through a 3-month house-sitting gig. Getting from one house to another and then to another one like you do seems like too much work for me, though. 🙂

  2. Does the pet insurance cover your liability if the dog bites someone or runs in the street and causes a car accident or does it cover death and illness if a pet? If the pet has to go to the vet you might have to pay and the owner may refuse to reimburse you. If the pet dies the owner may want compensation from you.

  3. Way to go, Crystal! I made similar money working as a banquet server and bartending during my mortgage payoff.

    As an animal lover myself, I am intrigued by your business.

    Aside from the insurance policy, do you have any additional credentials aside from being an animal lover?

    I would love to swing a side hustle in addition to my 3 days of office work.

  4. Congratulations Crystal, you’ve been working your butt off and deserve all the success that brings! And best of all, the animals are truly getting the best of care. Every species wins!

  5. @Deia, I was offering in-my-home sitting, but it was too stressful on my own pets, the visiting pets, and me since I was always worried about my house.

    @jane, it looks like “yes” on all of those counts. I’d be fully bonded and insured. I’ll buy the policy and post about everything it covers.

    @Mortgage Free Mike, other than personal pets, I was a volunteer with the Houston SPCA for 2 years, a foster parent for PugHearts Rescue for a year, and now a foster for SMART Pets Rescue. But I never took classes or anything like that. You just need to be an alpha that general pets will listen to.

    @Evan, thanks!

    @Christie, awwww, thanks!

  6. Truely, I think you are very close if not already a ‘Master-Hustler’. Everything you touch turns green! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  7. An extra $1200/month is fricking awesome.

    I’ve been letting my side hustles slide lately, which makes me sad, but I’m getting a bunch of satisfaction out of my day job. It all balances out.

  8. @ODWO, lol, thanks!

    @Edwin, hahaha. I like that. “Master Hustler” 🙂

    @Funny, thank you!

    @John, awwww, I like to think it’s a win-win-win for me, the client, and their pets too. 🙂

    @Jason, it was nice! I have no idea what’s sustainable, but I’d be happy with $6,000+ a year…eventually $10,000+. Being happy with your day job is HUGE. That’s a win.

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