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Topic Title: Salary?
Topic Summary: Realisically, how much can one make per year at pet sitting?
Created On: 09/06/2006 06:52 PM
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 09/06/2006 06:52 PM
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AnimalAngel
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Since I'm new to this and now have several regular clients, I'm wondering if you can tell me how much money can one expect to bring in per year with a pet business, assuming the business will keep growing -- and how many animals can one person take care of in a day and still do a great job? Thanks.

Maureen
 09/07/2006 12:45 PM
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thoughts4paws
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That's a tough question. I guess, I would say as much as you can service. I personally can do 14 calls a day. I have a partime assistant and she takes the over flow. As for the income, it depends on your costs and what your rates are. Some say you should charge more and keep your clients to a lower number. I try to stay close to what the other sitters in the area are charging. I also try to work with the other sitters and do referrals for them. We are all in this together and to make the profession a positive.

I will tell you, that in the 2+ years I have been doing this, my business as of this moment, promises to pay what I was making at my office job that I hated. I only see my business getting bigger and better and I love it.
 09/07/2006 04:20 PM
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I agree. Pet sitting can be profitable. I make more doing this then as a vet tech, which I loved doing but didn't care for the office politics. Now the only ones that may be negative towards me are on four feet and furry and I certainly don't mind.
I love what I do and really feel pleased when I win over a shy animal or am able to educate an owner about pet health care.

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 09/07/2006 10:51 PM
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You'll find there is no single answer to this. There are too many factors involved.

For example, my area is very rural. So I travel around 20 minutes to my first sit, and 10-18 minutes between the sits. My sits are usually 20 or 30 minutes. So I can do just over a sit an hour on average. In order to pay for all the expensive mileage and the time wasted traveling, my rates will be much higher than sitters in areas with more homes.

In cities, you could potentially walk from sit to sit. You could even walk dogs together. If you did all 20 minute sits, you could do 3 per hour or more (walking dogs together).

In busier areas, you can have employees bring in more income for you.

In slow areas, the slow season can be tough.

If there is lots of competition, that will have an impact on your business. If there is no competition, that will probably have a negative impact also - because it often means pet sitting is not well known to potential clients in your area.

So it really depends. You have to sit down with a pencil (or excel workbook) and a piece of paper, and figure out how much you can make for the # of hours you want to work and the rates you want to charge.

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 09/09/2006 10:48 AM
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I have been in business for 2 years. Over the Labor Day weekend my business brought in nearly $600. You work your butt off but after it's over your bank account looks great! My friend who has been in business for 6 years brought in $40,000 in her 5th year.

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 09/09/2006 12:50 PM
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I am one of those who live in a rural area...not much competition. I travel up to 15 miles one way to a sit. The fuel cost is a big one for me... I put on up to 160 miles a day when I'm really busy. I'm able to do 14 visits a day, but this is tiring for me. There are other people who can do 25 visits a day...with help, more. Those are the folks that make the most $$.

I make enough to put food on the table and pay a few bills.. but for me to make a living totally on my own would be impossible where I live.
 09/09/2006 03:30 PM
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AnimalAngel
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Several of you have said you can do 14 visits a day. Are they half hour visits each? That seems like a lot. But, what I am wondering is - don't most people want a mid-day visit while they're at work? And don't they prefer from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.? I am trying to be accommodating to people. How can you fit in that many pets? Are your clients at work or on vacation? Thanks for any insight you can give me.

Maureen
 09/09/2006 07:57 PM
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In the beginning most of my clients were not dailies - they were vacation clients. So they usually wanted 3 or 4x/day. As time went on, I got more dailies (or 3-4x per week) and they usually fall into place somewhere between 11 and 3 or 4pm. Cat clients that are flexible and want 1x/day anytime are the best, because you can schedule them when it's most convenient.

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 09/10/2006 08:22 PM
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I have mostly cat clients and yes I can do a lot of sits a day. I also let them know that visits are 20-30 min and they are fine with that. Most visits are 20min unless they have a lot of kitties and there is a lot to do or kitty is very lonely and clingy. My busiest day was Dec 26 with 35 sits. I started at 5am and was done by 10am.

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 09/12/2006 01:28 AM
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How could you do 35 pet sits in 5 hours? Or do you mean 17 hours?
 09/15/2006 12:56 PM
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OOps! I meant 10 PM. That would be great if I could do 35 sits in 5 hours, but those time worms holes just aren't as trustworthy as they used to be.

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 09/26/2006 12:47 AM
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As a former budget analyst with a large corporation, I have to say that I make as much pet sitting (and usually more), than I did as a salaried analyst and having way more fun!!

What I found works the best for me is to have what I call my "Latchkey" clients. These are my bread and butters and my regular paycheck. With Latchkey, the clients are actually in town but want someone to walk or visit their pets at mid day to give their pets a break. These are usually clients that work long days or have to commute long distances. Latchkey hours start at 10:00 a.m and run through 2:00 p.m. They are only 15 minutes long and must all be located in the same area of town. With the travel (usually around 5 minutes) and sitting time, each client is approx 1/2 hour. That allows for 8 clients during mid day. We also provide this service between the hours of 4:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m., allowing for 4 more clients (these are clients that usually work the night shift and want an early PM visit to give their pets dinner, etc. Each visit is $10 and we only provide the service Mon-Fri. That alone provides $600 a week. We have a waiting list for the service, it is very popular in our area.

The rest of the hours are for regular pet sitting, which usually brings in an additional $600+ There have been times when I have done up to 21 jobs in a day but I prefer to keep it around 15-17. Actually the weekends are a nice break because there are no latchkey - just pet sitting and lots of time to love up on someone else's pet!!

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 09/26/2006 12:53 AM
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Oh! And we do pet sit a lot of cats. Because cats are usually 1x a day service, it allows us to take on many more clients. Our advertisement is that we cater to the "purr-snickety" kitty! We like to keep a large mix of cats in our schedule because they are generally easier to care for and less physically demanding. With the dogs, I usually walk 5-8 miles a day, the cats are a nice change and my knees thank me!!

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 09/26/2006 12:33 PM
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I have only been in business 4 months and I have made on average about 1000.00
per month. However, I only do about 1-3 pet sits a day. I have 2 regulars that I do , 1 is for a dog walk 3 times a week and then the the other one , I call my bread winner, is a pet sit Fri-Mon each weekend and she has 4 pets. I make 200.00 a weekend just with that one pet sit. It really is up and down, kind of like a real-estate agent. When you make the money, you really make it and then you can go for a month and make hardly anything. I live in an area where there are very few pet sitters and a fairly large population. I think the longest drive was 20 min and most are within 5-15min.
I also work at another "regular" paying job and really just started this to help with bills since I was looking at a 200.00 a month paycut with my current employer.
I have more than made up for that pay loss and love it so much that I am really considering giving up my "regular" salary. I am going to give it a year and see.
Good Luck.
 01/09/2008 03:13 PM
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HAPPYDOGS
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Im trying to find out how many of you have insurance, where you got the insurance and how much on average it cost Also and are you bonded? My insurance company was going to charge me some rediculous fee.
 01/10/2008 04:59 AM
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I got my insurance through Business Insurers of the Carolinas. I think it was about $300 a year + $50.00 for bonding. If you follow the following link it can break down some of the differences between the major insurance providers for pet sitters. http://www.petsits.com/insurance.htm

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 01/11/2008 11:37 PM
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I did a poll on another board once, and almost everyone had pet sitter insurance.

Just be careful if you go with a local company for insurance. They sometimes think they include care, custody, and control - but if you read the policy they only cover those things in your OWN home (which is not very useful!).

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 11/18/2008 03:49 PM
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I looked on a salary website and since no one was quite clear on the answer i took it into my own hands. the national average for pet sitters annually is about $21,000

Edited: 11/18/2008 at 03:50 PM by 1stChoicePetSitting
 11/26/2008 08:53 PM
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Is that for full time sitters, or for all sitters? If that factors in the many part-time sitters, then it wouldn't be a very good picture of the potential for a full time sitter. Part time sitters have a harder time getting and keeping clients since their availability is not as competitive.

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 11/29/2008 11:19 AM
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Ok so i went to a new website (i like this one a lot better) and it said that pet sitting company OWNERS) average salary is $55,000 this was calculated a month ago i believe. That is the national avg. When i just typed in pet sitters (this is full time) the national avg was $32,000. The sky is the limit in my opinion.

Im scared to hire new employees (i should say independent contractors) becasue im afraid that they will not be reliable and put me in a bad position. What happens if I hire them and then they decide not to show up to a visit and I can't make it either? What would i do then?. How can I ensure that the people I hire wil be dependable?

I really want my business to grow and make that top notch salary. I know I can. I also dont know the legalities of having to fill out 1099's for IC's I heir, forms i should have them fill out etc. Should I go to an attorney or an accountant? I have NO CLUE how to go about this. Help!?

Edited: 11/29/2008 at 11:23 AM by 1stChoicePetSitting
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