Q: pet sitting
How does one get into the field? Where do you find the legal requirements?
Mar 09, 2009
I am the owner of a Professional Pet Service, started when I was 50yrs old, needed a change, and did not want to work for anyone anymore. I did some research and it directed me to PET SITTERS INTERNATIONAL, which I became a member as soon as I could. They can guide you every step of the way. You will have to have some start up cash, you need insurance, bonding, certification, again, you can do all of this with PSI, and the prices ARE NOT outrageous! Be aware that it is a 7 day a week business, sometimes 24 hours if you board or have doggy daycare, which is what I eventually got into also. I it is a very rewarding profession if you are into pets, and it is not limited to just dogs or cats. So don't be surprised if someone wants you to take care of their birds, horses, snakes, etc. Snakes and Rodents I do not do! I did all my business cards, flyers, advertising on my computer at first. I know run an ad in the local paper, and I advertise online, this site is one of the places I advertise. I think it is a great idea to get started in this business, and I truly believe that any type of Pet Service is really not getting hit by the recession at this time. People will go with out to be sure their pets have what they need. Feel free to email me if you need anymore questions answered, or if there is anything else you would like to ask. Best of Luck, it's a good business to be into, AND it belongs to YOU!
P.S. YES you will work weekends and holidays, but after you are into it for awhile, and possibly hire someone else, you MAY be able to take some time off. I worked 5 years straight before I did, still no complaints
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