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  • Happy Holidays To All The Loving and Caring Pet Sitters!

    Posted December 21, 2011 By in APSE News and Events, Pet Sitters With | 13 Comments

    To the entire pet sitting industry:

    It remains our absolute pleasure providing you with the tools, education and resources needed to grow your pet sitting business.

    Whether you are just starting out, or just starting to grow, we will continue to be there for you.

    We are excited to celebrate in your continued success in the coming year!
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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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  • Is Juggling a Full Time Job and Growing a Successful Pet Sitting Business Really Possible?

    Posted April 2, 2011 By in Pet Sitters, SEO and Marketing With | 6 Comments

    jugglerRecently I’ve had a couple of pet sitters ask me how I was able to work a full time job and grow my pet sitting business at the same time.

    I’m not going to kid you, some days it was tough going.

    But if you are passionate about your business, have the right attitude, and get the right systems in place, growing a successful pet sitting business and being in the ranks of the full time employed is certainly far from impossible!

    For the first 7 years of owning my business Protecting Max I worked as an oilfield engineer and reported to the office 5 days a week for the daily grind.

    My job sometimes involved international travel, meetings where it was impossible to answer the phone, and I also commuted 30 minutes to work beyond my pet sitting service area (so I couldn’t pop out for midday visits during lunch hour!). If you find full time work that is flexible, does not require you to travel, and is within your service area it will make life much easier for you. But none of these challenges prevented me from growing my pet sitting business to an operation with six contract pet sitters and over 150 clients.

    Many of you may be in pet sitting start up and still need your job to pay the bills while your business grows.

    That was my story.

    I’ve also spoken to one sitter that has owned and run her sitting business full time for several years and is now planning to return to the workforce. Whichever situation you are in my advice to you is the same. Here are some tips from my juggling experience.
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  • Adding White Paint to Your Morning Coffee Rarely Works As A Cream Substitute

    Posted March 29, 2011 By in Pet Sitters With | 6 Comments

    coffe cup lolI love my morning coffee. Without it, I can’t guarantee I’d resemble anything close to a human being.

    I need my two cups of coffee to get me going that I imagine I’d go to any lengths to assure that perfect cup – even if it meant substituting white paint for cream if I ever ran out.

    Now, it’s obvious that adding white paint to your coffee as a substitute for cream will not solve any problems.

    But it’s equally as obvious that in order to succeed in business (and life) one must take action.

    As Pablo Picasso puts it: Action is the foundational key to all success.

    But c’mon, let’s be real here… you’re not dumb. You know that taking action and setting goals works.

    Why then do we have such a hard time doing it? One word…
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