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Super Sweet Pet Sitting Client!!!

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I’m writing this on a couch 45 minutes from my house.  I’m pet sitting the most mellow dog ever this week and it’s been awesome!  Meet Buster, the Bernese Mountain Dog / Australian Shepherd mix:

If they ever need to find him a new home, they can call me.

Buster the Dog

He’s the coolest dog.  Really.  He eats, sleeps, lets you know when he wants to go out, gets excited about walks but sits perfectly still while I put on his leash, and he doesn’t drag my butt everywhere.  Which he could if he wanted to since he weighs 107 pounds!

At night, he’ll either sleep on the floor near my bed or right outside of the door (I close it when he snores, lol).  In the morning, he waits patiently for my lazy butt to get out of bed and feed him.  AND, he doesn’t bark.  He’s the quietest dog ever.  He’ll give these grumbly barks under his breath if he hears something near the house, like a grumbly warning, but that’s it so far.  I’m in doggy love.  😀

His Awesome Humans

Buster isn’t the only amazing part of my week.  His main human and girlfriend are super sweet too.  When Buster’s owner emailed me, I offered to pet sit at his house for $35 a day, so $175 for the 5 days I’d be at his place.  I am trying to get my new side hustle to take off, and I made the false assumption that he lived nearby.  A couple of chats later, I realized that he lived 45 minutes away, but I wasn’t going to back out of my quote, so I didn’t even mention it.  So I learned everything I could from his owner and his owner’s girlfriend and prepared for a week of driving.

Buster’s owner and girlfriend actually brought up the distance.  His owner told me that he would be paying me $250 or more since it was such a drive.  He said $175 wouldn’t be fair.  Then when I came to pick up the keys the day before, he raised that to $300 and told me to keep my gas and food receipts so he could cover those too!  Holy moly!  Who is that fair nowadays?!

I hugged him.  I admit it.  It deserved a hug.

Pet Sitting Success So Far

I am pet sitting a sweet, huge dog and getting paid really fairly to do it!  That’s a happy week in my opinion!  I truly hope this family needs me again.  😉

Since I started pet sitting officially a few weeks ago, I’ve taken care of two cool Boxers and Buster the Awesome.  I also have two longer jobs starting next week (one for 12 days straight about 3 times a day, and one for one-per-day weekday check-ins for 2 weeks).  Altogether, that’ll mean that I will be earning around $1000 in about a month.  Glad I am keeping up with my mileage and any other costs…I’ll need it for our taxes next year…

My goal is for this side hustle to completely cover my trip to London in June or July to visit my uncle.  It may only take a couple of months of work – fingers crossed!  😀  Once that goal is checked off, I’ll continue pet sitting to start saving for more travel – I owe a visit to my aunt in Tampa, Florida and my cousin in Alabama.  I might be able to do all of this without hurting our overall cash goals this year, woot!

Do you use hobby jobs or side hustles to cover fun expenses like travel?

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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10 thoughts on “Super Sweet Pet Sitting Client!!!

  1. This is awesome! I am sitting here trying to wrap my head around making $1,000 in pet sitting. I have done it from time to time because I am an animal lover just like you. Are you using one of those online services to match up with clients or just Craigslist? I have found that people who want you to care for their pets in their homes are some of the best pet owners around. Sometimes their pets just don’t do well at boarding facilities. There’s no place like home!

  2. I’m using my side hustle to save cash for a trip in a few years. My plan is to try and surprise the wife with a second honeymoon. This way we won’t have to worry about trying to save the money using our normal cash flow. Plus, I think it would be a nice surprise for her 40th birthday and our 15th wedding anniversary.

  3. I love big dogs, especially the mellow ones. Have you checked out DogVacay (I am not affiliated and this is not a sponsored comment – LOL)? We thought we might need a dog sitter this weekend, and I found it by accident, but it seemed pretty cool. Basically, you sign up as a home and you set your rates and standards, then your clients come to you. It’s a lot like the babysitter-finder website we’ve used… they do all the leg work for you. 🙂
    Good luck on your new adventure! What a great new client!

  4. omg! I’m still sitting around wondering if this would work and you are well on your way to $1,000 ??? Lordy. Lordy. I’m wondering if I have a genetic problem here ? Or fear ? Or, someone spikes your orange juice ?????
    Great Job! Well Done!
    ~ Christie
    P.S. Pet sitting seems to fit in well with writing posts.

  5. @Mortgage Free Mike, I’m just using Craigslist. Hopefully word of mouth too. 😉

    @jane savers, I am concentrating on pet sitting that is at the owner’s home since it is more stressful for everyone at my house…my dog has to adjust, they have to adjust, and I have to worry about them tearing up my house. So I am a come-to-you pet sitter. 🙂

    Steady side hustles could be dog walking, pet sitting, baby sitting, Ebay resale, blog post writing, etc.

    @MikeS, that is so totally awesome! 🙂

    @Mel, I’ve looked into those other sites, but since I want to pet sit at the owner’s home (not mine – see comment answer above), Craigslist seems to be working the best for me right now. There is a real demand for in-home pet sitting since it’s less stressful on the pets. And I don’t mind working from my laptop from their couch instead of my desk…

    @Christie, LOL, no spiked orange juice. I just start what I talk about…that’s generally the only thing that separates me from the crowd. It’s amazing how many people will talk and think and ponder, but they never just do it to see what would happen. 😀 At the career day, I talked about the power of jumping in. Sure, my baby sitting side hustle never really took off, and I gave up many others within 3 months. But no one really remembers that stuff. They remember me going self-employed with online work, my first eBook being pretty big, and now that I’ll be making $1000 in about a month of pet sitting. I love other people’s memories. 😉

  6. Great job with the side hustle! It’s nice to add a new thing and get some variety to the day, especially since it means awesome dogs.

    I’m just starting my side hustle now with the new blog and writing. I know it will take some time to make a profit, but getting started is the most important part.

  7. That was really a big amount in pet sitting! I had my dog here also but I can’t do pet sitting. Well, I wish I can be like you and earn that $1,000. 🙂

  8. Do you have any special insurance for all of this? what happens if you’re bit by the dog, or the dog attacks another dog (or person) while you are out on a walk?

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