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:
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 $80,000-$100,000 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!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!