Side hustles are a great way to make some extra money while doing something you love. My gig? I’ve been having fun pet sitting!
Side hustle (noun)
a job or occupation that brings in extra money beyond one’s regular job and main source of income.
The cool thing about a side hustle is that you have more freedom and more control over what you choose to do and how many hours you want to devote to it.
Since I love dogs and cats so much, pet sitting is a great side hustle for me.
“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” ~ James Cromwell
In-Home Pet Sitting
Some pet owners would rather have someone take care of their pets in their home instead of sending their dog or cat away to a kennel.
I get it. I would rather have a dog sitter stay in our house with our dog Zoey. She does not do well in a kennel or cage.
I’ve started doing pet sitting as a fun side hustle, and have I more dog sitting gigs scheduled through October 2023!
Northern Michigan In-Home Pet Care
I’ve connected with animal lovers in Harbor Springs, Good Hart, and Cross Village who need me to stay in their home while they’re traveling. They want someone like me provide in-home pet care and to stay with their pets while they’re done.
Their animals get to stay home with someone who will love them and feed them and walk them.
I have one client with a dog and two cats, and we all go for walks together – even the kitties. It’s quite adorable!
I am more than happy to spend a few nights in someone’s home so their dogs and cats won’t feel lonely, and hopefully they miss their parents less.
Must Have Truestream
One catch: The pet owner’s home has to offer Truestream for internet and phone. I need to be able to get online and manage Abuzz Creative projects. (Spectrum does not cut it.)
I also prefer to be close to home in case my husband needs me (we are caregivers for his father who is 94).
Why do I love pet sitting so much? This quote says it all:
“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Eliot