Saturday, March 18, 2017

Making Money on the Side: Pet Sitting

Creating side jobs is one way of making extra money, which you can then either save to create an emergency fund or use to pay off debt or apply towards any of your financial goals. 

Pet sitting is one side job that will help you to make extra money. My daughter and I recently were able to make some extra money while pet sitting for someone. 

This job allowed us to be able to stay in Chattanooga, if we wanted to, or we could have brought the dogs to our home, but we decided to stay in Chattanooga. 

Our client was upfront about her dogs being used to a lot of extra loving care, and it is important to have a love of animals if you want to make extra money pet sitting. My daughter and I were made for this role as we both love animals. Our client's dogs received a lot of love and care while we were there. 

Animals are like humans in the fact that they need love and attention, so if you find animals to be irritating  or if you are turned off by their needs then pet sitting may not be the side job for you. 

Our client was nervous about putting her dogs in a kennel as she has experienced this before and had her dogs returned to her hungry and needing attention. Having someone sit in her home with them provided them with plenty of love and attention and even saved her hundreds of dollars. 

Our client noticed right away that her dogs were sitting next to me being loved on while she was showing my daughter the ropes and I know this made her feel immediately relaxed about leaving them in our care. 

Our job included feeding the dogs, making sure their water bowls were filled and cleaned, walking them multiple times per day, picking up dog poop, giving treats as needed, and picking up after them. These dogs were well disciplined and had a good routine, which we stuck to and as a result were rewarded with good behavior. 

Our client had traveled to New York, so we sent photos of the dogs to her every other day, which she loved. We also cleaned up her house before we left for the week.  We also dropped her off and picked her up from the airport saving her the cost of an Uber driver for that service. 

In the end we made $200 for pet sitting for the week, which worked out to $25 per day and we had a staycation ourselves as we stayed in Chattanooga for the week and enjoyed free WiFi all day long (we are on a limited data plan at home) and were able to enjoy several different things in the city. 

If you love animals and would like to make some extra money on the side pet sitting might just be for you. The main requirements are a love of animals, being reliable and caring for them in a safe and loving environment. 

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. Nice dude gig! Everything costs more around here, probably would get twice that plus more for the air port runs. You also benefited by using her home, so it sounds like a win win.

    1. Thank you, Carol. It was a win-win situation and I'm hoping she will let us do this again in the future. :)

  2. That sounds like a very good deal. Plus you saved on electricity and while you were away from home. Since moving to this more remote area, I'm finding there are a lot of odd jobs to be had.

    1. Oh yes, Jane. Our electric will went down to $105 this month, which was down about $30, so we definitely saved in that area too.

      Glad to hear that you are finding a lot of odd jobs too. THat's great. :)

  3. What a wonderful opportunity! You earned some money, got away for a week, and were able to meet the needs of someone and her dogs. Everyone won! I bet it was nice playing with the dogs, too!

    1. Thank you, Lili. We had so much fun with the dogs that I actually miss them now. LOL..they are so well behaved that it was a pleasure to watch them. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  4. That was a great way to make money. Actually, that lady got a great deal, as well as you getting a great change of scene. Kennels are very expensive and she got a house-sitter, plus the ride to the airport. My sister has to pay much more when she has someone house/dog sit. So, win-win for both you and the client. I hope you get more jobs if you desire them.

    1. Thank you, Becky. We had a great job and let her know that we would be available anytime she wants us to pet sit. :)


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