The tarantula is a large hairy tropical spider with fangs that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites.
As much fear as they instill in some, others welcome the chance to own and care for these often misunderstood creature.
In fact, most tarantulas are calm, docile and make good pets and according to National Geographic “these spiders are harmless to humans (except for a painful bite), and their mild venom is weaker than a typical bee’s.”
What do tarantulas have to do with pet sitters?
Well, after a recent Google search, I can’t help but wonder if we as pet sitters are equally as misunderstood to the outside small business world.
Every time I come across a new article about pet sitting (most often ‘how to start a pet sitting business’), the author is most typically a writer who has never pet sat a day in his life.
(Is pet sat the correct past tense of pet sit?!)
Yet, without a stitch of experience working in the pet sitting business world, many writers believe they know what it takes to start a pet sitting business.
Are other industries and professions exposed to this sort of unjust dialogue?
Case in Point…
The first result I found for a popular search term is an article from ehow (never the most informative pages, in my opinion).
Their article is titled “How to Make Pet Sitting a Profitable Business” and breaks down our business model into an “easy and simple” 4-step process.
Step 1 is (literally) to “hang some flyers.”
Step 2 is (again, literally) “it may take a few days but wait for the customers to contact you.”
And Step 3 is “set up the meet and greet.”
The last step is just to follow through.
Seriously. Those are not my words recapping step 4, but the exact words the writer uses to begin step 4.
Another Crazy Article
One other top ranking site I came across focuses on the best ways to use your computer and make money on the web, yet has an in depth article about profiting as a pet sitter.
This writer says, “Currently, pet sitting businesses are one of the easiest, less riskiest and most profitable businesses to start as there are no substantial costs to look after pets.”
His 4-step marketing plan is:
1. Listing your Business in the Yellow Pages
2. Distributing Flyers in the mail or door-to-door at places of businesses or residential areas
3. Community T.V. Bulletin Boards
4. and Web Sites which you can develop for FREE
Apparently, many think you can break down our business approach in 4 steps.
Why do you think so many who have never done pet sitting purport to know or understand the industry?
Do you think it has an efect one way or the other on those of us doing it professionally?
Source 1: http://www.ehow.com/how_5090433_make-pet-sitting-profitable-business.html
Source 2: http://bucarotechelp.com/getpaid/homespc/93002104.asp
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