Over the next few decades, the number of seniors living in the U.S. will double. This means more senior housing, more senior living, and new social networks. Being a retired senior isn’t what it used to be. You don’t spend your time playing rummy and you’re not sitting in smoky bingo halls. As you know, today’s seniors are active and engaged in the community! You’re runners, bikers, walkers, and you’re socializing with younger people. You’re also pet owners.
For seniors, being a Rover sitter is simply a matter of using your extra free time to make a little bit of money, share your love of dogs with other owners, and make new friends. If you already own a dog, being a Rover sitter could simply mean adding a new family member for a short period of time while a pet parent is out of town.
Why does pet sitting work so well for seniors? Two reasons. First, you’ve got the time to create a business that you love. Second, you’ll get to earn a little extra cash-loving on dogs!
PUT YOUR NEW FOUND FREEDOM TO WORK
You have a choice on how to spend your hard-earned free time. Becoming a Rover pet sitter is a fun way to fill the gaps in your calendar and keep you on your toes. As you design your Rover profile, you’ll determine the days and times that you’re available to work. If you’ve got daytime fitness class, you can dog sit in the evening. If you’ve got an art class at night you can walk dogs during the day. If you’re busy watching your grandkids during the week, schedule pet sitting on the weekends. You post your availability online, so pet owners can view your schedule and book appointments hassle-free.
CREATE A BIGGER FOLLOWING BY SPECIALIZING
Pet sitters can offer a variety of pet care services, and you’ll get to decide which services work for your new lifestyle. If you’re living in a retirement village, you may not be able to board a client dog overnight, but you could visit and care for pets in the owner’s home. Check out all of the pet care options: drop-in visits, dog walking, doggie daycare, dog boarding (hosting dogs in your home), and house sitting (pet sitting in the owners home).
MAKE YOUR OWN RATES
Pet sitters earn up to $1,000 per month or more. Set the rate that you’ll charge for each pet care service you provide. You may want to check out other pet sitters in your area to see what other pet owners are willing to pay. Rover provides the easiest technology to get automatically and securely at the click of a button.
BE YOUR OWN BOSS.
Being a pet sitter is being your own boss. Most retired seniors have time on their hands explore other hobbies such as art, learning a new language, or taking a fitness class. Being a Rover sitter is no different. You’re the boss, and you run the business. You don’t need a business degree, business experience, or some fancy title. All you need is a flexible schedule and a love for dogs. Rover provides you with everything you need to get started and to run a successful dog sitting business.
You’ve worked hard all of your life to be able to enjoy your free time, and it’s now time to enjoy your new lifestyle. Now that your manager isn’t calling you for that report and there are no more work emails you must respond to, you can start a business that you love. Pet sitting is fun, and you’re free to take pet clients out and about with you.
CHECK OUT THE PERKS:
- Enjoy More Pet Friends! If you have a dog at home, pet sitting is a great way to introduce your dog to other dog friends. You can count on hours of dog socialization during your pet sitting appointments and trips to the dog park. Consider this the best way to take a break from the day-to-day.
- Get Out & About. As an active senior, being a Rover sitter means getting out of the house, walking dogs, taking dogs to the park, throwing balls and frisbees and remaining active. Pet care for dogs requires playtime outside! Grab a ball and get some fresh air. Enjoy playing fetch at the dog park, taking walks around the neighborhood, or going for a run. Not only are your dog clients happy when they’re tired, but pet owners will also love you too.
- The Rover Community. Rover is committed to your success and provides resources for you to be effective. Get safety tips, pet care tricks, ideas for promoting your business, and advice on how to be the best dog sitter in town. You can even focus your time on specialized groups of dogs (big dogs, small dogs, young or old).
- The Rover Guarantee. As a pet sitter with Rover, you’re not on your own if there are accidents or emergencies. We’ve got your back! You have 24/7 support including vet assistance for the dogs in your care. Go online to learn more about what the Rover Guarantee includes.
- Take Your Business Anywhere. You can be a pet sitter anywhere you live. If you snowbird in Florida and then come summer time you head north, you can pick-up clients regardless of where you live for the season. Whenever you travel, you can let your clients know through your profile. It’s that flexible and easy.
WE MAKE IT EASY TO GET STARTED
The process is simple and easy to follow. Here’s how it works:
- Create your profile. Sign up is easy. First, go online now to create your profile page. You’ll include your schedule, services, and rates. Share your skills, experience, and why you love pet sitting. Be sure to include photos of yourself and your pets.
- Pass a Background Check. We make sure all of our Rover clients have the peace-of-mind of knowing the Rover sitter is a real person whom they can trust. Our team reviews every profile that’s submitted, so it’s best to take your time and create a profile that stands out from the crowd. Once you’re approved, you can begin accepting clients immediately.
- Get Started. Download the Rover app to accept appointments, communicate with pet owners, track important details of playdates, and get paid. Encourage pet owners to submit a review. This way you can attract other pet owners too.
Don’t worry if you’re not computer savvy. It takes less than 15 minutes to create your profile and to get connected to this pet-loving community.