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  • When Your Pet Sitting Side Job Becomes Full Time

    Posted October 22, 2011 By in Pet Sitters With | No Comments

    This is a guest post written by Ashley Spade.

    full time job womanI used to make a fair amount of money pet sitting for friends, but as a law student I don’t have time to commit more than a few weekends a year to my friends’ animals.

    However, I’ve learned over the years that pet sitting can be a lucrative and enjoyable venture.

    The following pet sitting advice will serve you well whether you have a one-person business or an operation large enough to use payroll software for your employees.

    Service Agreements (Know your Limits)

    One of the most important things you need to determine as a pet sitter is what services you’ll provide. For instance, I love cats and dogs and have even taken care of fish, but I don’t want to take care of snakes or lizards.

    If you’re a solo practitioner, you can obviously make your own rules about what jobs you do and do not take. Starting a business can be quite the undertaking, but it can be worthwhile as long as you’re not faced with working for a pet sitting service that refuses no pet.
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  • Building Business By Simplification

    Posted October 3, 2011 By in Pet Sitters With | 1 Comment
    In the last 8 years of being a small to mid-sized business consultant, the number one problem I have helped businesses with is time management. Being diagnosed with
    Though we are but well oiled cogs in a machine, we are the designers of our future.

    Build your business on a reliable process, then take your business to new heights.

    adult ADD, I have certainly had my struggles with time management, but I have created some excellent methods to ensure time used is spent wisely.
    Time easily slips away. Over the last few years, under the guidance of the school of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, I have created programs that completely automate a business. I have tested this with my own product businesses and have seen where it can happen in my own pet services business — (only I love walking dogs too much to be fully automated.)
    As your pet sitting business grows — everything grows: client list, problems with dogs and clients, business transactions, key management systems, and paperwork. I don’t think anyone got into the pet business because they loved the paperwork. Without a well-designed system that allows you to think clearly and stay ahead of market changes, your business of pet sitting is destined to fail. Thus, life needs to be more automated or delegated so that you can do what you do best. So how can you be flexible AND automated AND still get time to yourself?
    I could write for months about this, so let’s start simple: Read More …

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