How to Make Money as a Pet or House Sitter

Making money as a pet or house sitter is much easier than you may realize. Most families are two-income families that have their homes left alone and unattended much more than they’d like as well as their pets. Many of these people are more than willing to pay someone to sit in their house or with their pets.

House sitting for Safety Reasons

Many homeowners hire people to sit in their homes while they’re gone for a number of reasons but safety is often at the top of the list. If would-be burglars have been lurking around in the neighborhood, they always seem to know which homes are left unattended day after day. Hiring a person to sit in their home will not only ward off potential intruders but leaves the homeowner with a sense of security. In addition, you’re making money doing this!

Sitting with Pets

More families than ever today now have pets, some have more than one. While this is great for the pet industry, it’s bad for the pets that are left alone while their owners are working. If only they had someone they could trust to come and walk their dogs for a bit or just house sit with them. This is where you step in and save the day! You can make money sitting in homes and watching their pets or just keeping them company so they’re not left alone so much. Believe it or not, people are willing to pay for these services. If you put in enough hours or have enough regular clients, you can make some good money pet or house sitting.

Hotels Have Guests with Pets

You local hotels are great placing to find potential customers that will be willing to pay good money for you to sit with their pets or walk them. More travelers than ever are now taking pets, particularly dogs, with them on vacation. However, many times they want to do things that they can’t do with their pets and would be more than willing to pay someone to come and sit with them in their hotel room or take them out for awhile so they can get fresh air and exercise.

I have traveled many times with my two German shepherd dogs and have had to give up on my fun activities because my beloved friends could not join me. Being in a strange town and unfamiliar hotel, I had no idea of what to do with my dogs. I would have loved if the hotel offered brochures or business cards of individuals willing to come and sit with my dogs or take them out walking.


The first step towards making money pet or house sitting is to make yourself known in your community. Make up some business cards or brochures and get them to any public place that will distribute or hang them. Ask your family and friends to advertise for you as well. If you’re internet savvy, you can even set up a website for your new business, complete with all your information and contact information. This will work great for travelers planning on being in your area in the future.


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