Your profile is your first tool to attract clients–you’ve written a great description, taken some fun photos, and aced writing your headline but how else can you promote your pet sitting business? We have good news! There are a ton of ways to meet new clients, and we’ve listed some of those successful tactics below.
Tell your Friends, and Family
Why? They know and trust you already. Your friends and family are your strongest advocates. They know exactly how you care for animals, and they probably have friends of their own who might need pet care! Personal connections and word of mouth are a great way to grow your business.
Meeting Clients IRL
Dog lovers are everywhere, and that means potential clients are everywhere! If you’re out and about (with or without your Rover dogs) you can find opportunities to connect with your fellow dog people, and maybe make a business connection along the way. Some great places to meet potential clients are:
- The dog park (or normal parks).
- Pet stores.
- Vets offices
- Grooming Facilites.
- Training Facilities.
We know it can be a little nerve wracking to approach someone in public, we recommend striking up a conversation and if it seems natural, mention your pet sitting services.
It’s been great meeting you and (dog’s name). If you ever need a pet sitter I am really experienced, and I’d love to help you out if you need it.
Once you’ve spoken about your services, it’s a great time to hand them one of your promo cards. That way they can see right away what services you offer, and you’re providing them with a way to find your profile. If you’re uncomfortable approaching clients out in the world, feel free to leave your promo cards or flyers at some of the aforementioned locations. That way people who need pet care can grab one and then find you on Rover.
Connecting With Other Care Providers
Another way to find more clients is to network with other sitters in your area. Don’t think of other sitters as your competition, think of them as your community. Some ways that working with other sitters can help you are:
- If they aren’t taking more clients they can refer them to you.
- If they are going on vacation themselves, you could be their backup.
- If they have certain size or breed restrictions and you do not, they can refer those clients to you.
Building a partnership with another sitter can help you grow your business. You can join our sitter community or check your local Facebook pages to see if there are any sitters similar to you in your area who may want to team up.
Facebook and Instagram are more than just fun places to connect with your friends. They’re also a great way to advertise your business. You can create a Facebook page for your business, or you can put the word out amongst your friends and see if anyone in your extended network needs your services. Being creative on Instagram is also a fun way to share the antics of your canine or feline clients, and is a way to meet more clients in your area. Consider creating a social page specific to your business and see what happens!
So there you have it, there are tons of ways to connect with potential clients. Combine these tactics with a stellar profile and you’ll be meeting more dogs, cats, and people in no time.