Ready, set, walk! As a Rover Now walker, you have all available walks in your area right at your fingertips. Are you someone who likes to build out your schedule ahead of time? Great! Look in the “Requests” tab for scheduled and recurring walks to book your schedule out days, weeks, or months in advance.
Perhaps you prefer to play things by ear and build your schedule on a day-to-day basis to offer yourself a bit more freedom and flexibility. Book “ASAP” walk requests or walks scheduled for the same day. With this freedom at hand, there are plenty of do’s and don’ts to be a successful Rover Now walker. Let’s walk through some of them!
- Accept more walks than you can handle – Take it slowly when you’re first getting started! While we love that you’re eager to gain business and earn money, give yourself some time to figure out the system and find a cadence. The last thing you’ll want is to excitedly accept 5 walks in one day only to find out that after the second walk, you’re too worn out to continue or you’re behind schedule and can’t make your remaining walks on-time.
- Book walks that you can’t get to on-time – If you see an ASAP walk request that’ll take you 40+ minutes to get to, it’s best to leave the walk for another walker. Being on-time makes for happy clients!
- Book a series of scheduled walks when you can’t complete them all – If you’re reviewing a request for walks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and you can only complete 1 of the 3 walks, it’s generally best to leave the walks for another walker to book. If you’re interested in a request and can complete the majority of the requested scheduled walks, feel free to text our Rover Now support line (206-207-8863) and we’re happy to reach out to the owner to see whether they’re okay with splitting up the walks. We’ll then let you know whether the owner is okay with you booking them or whether they’d still prefer one walker.
- Book walks too close together in time – Quality over quantity! We want you to make the most of each day, but booking as many walks as possible is not necessarily the way to do this. Book a 30-minute 1pm walk, and are thinking about booking a 2pm walk across town? Consider entering both addresses into Google maps to see the estimated travel time, and add another ~15 minutes on as a buffer. Here are a few things you’ll likely be handling that add on to the walk time:
- Parking (if you drove) – not all homes have free, available parking!
- Traffic, traffic, traffic! We’ve all been in it!
- Difficult-to-find homes – not all addresses are easy to locate
- Any home entry issues you might come across that could delay the walk
- A shy dog who may need a few minutes to warm up to a new face
- An overly excited dog who takes a while to harness up
- A walk that runs 5 or so minutes over based on the route you chose to walk
- Locking up the home and returning the key to the lockbox
- Returning the dog, filling a water bowl or food bowl if asked, saying your goodbyes!, etc.
- Writing up a stellar Rover Card!
- Book walks while ON a walk – When you’re walking, you should be focused fully on the dog(s). Accepting a walk that’d take place right after a walk you’re in the middle of is both unsafe and a poor way to manage your schedule.
- Book recurring walks if you’re looking for long-term, consistent business – If you’re someone who thrives on consistency and likes working more closely with fewer clients, book recurring walks. If you find the right recurring walks, you can have a schedule built out for months to come, in just minutes! If you’re sometimes forgetful or don’t have the best time-management skills, having a consistent schedule is probably your best bet!
- Accept scheduled walks only as far out as you can commit – For some, this might mean you only accept walk requests one week out, at most, if that’s as far ahead as you can plan. One of the most common cancellation reasons we encounter from walkers is “schedule conflict.” Consider as many variables as possible that your life may throw at you before going on any booking sprees!
- Leave ample time between walks – As listed above, there are plenty of reasons to allow yourself extra time between walks to prepare yourself and arrive on-time!
- Organize your schedule carefully and while you’re free of distractions – Whether you keep a physical planner, calendar, or organize your life electronically – have your schedule up and carefully accept walks around what you already have planned.
- Pick an area you know well and accept walks in this radius – Accept walks in an area you understand and are confident navigating. If there’s an area you know best within your city, try to accept walks there rather than areas you’re unfamiliar with! It’s both more fun to walk a dog in a neighborhood you know and can navigate without trouble and you’ll also likely know the quickest way to get there to avoid traffic.
Keep those schedules organized and happy walking!