Sure, being a pet sitter or dog walker is a labor of love, but getting paid is a pretty big bonus. That being said, you probably have a few tax and payment questions—you’re not alone. We’ve taken some time to collect and answer our most common questions about sitter finances.
When Do I Get Paid?
You get paid 48 hours after a stay or walk ends—the money goes straight to your Rover account. From there, you can transfer it to your PayPal account or request a check for an extra $2. Our Help Center covers exactly how to access your funds once they’re in your Rover account. And if you want to set up automatic payments, here’s how you can easily do that:
- Go to your dashboard and select View Payments & Promo Codes.
- Select Withdraw Money.
- Automatic payments are initially set to OFF. Select Edit, then select PayPal or Check.
Select Enable Automatic Payments. You’re all set! Note that Canadian sitters can only be paid via PayPal.
What Percent of My Earnings Do I Get to Keep?
If you signed up to become a sitter or dog walker before March 1, 2016, you keep 85% of your earnings on Rover. If you joined on or after March 1, 2016, you keep 80%. Rover’s fee (which deducts automatically before you get paid) helps us cover premium insurance, advertising to bring you new customers, and tools to help you run your business (it even helped make the Sitter Resource Center possible). If you migrated from DogVacay, or had profiles on both sites, you will keep the take rate that is most advantageous to you.
If you signed up for the Rover Protection Package, that money will come out of your Rover earnings until it’s fully paid for.
How Do I File My Taxes?
Our Help Center covers exactly how taxes work for Rover sitters. It even has links to the forms you need. We can’t give tax advice, but you can contact your nearest tax adviser if you have questions about taxes.
We’re Here for You
It’s our goal to help make payments quick, easy, and totally secure. That way, you can focus on snuggling dogs—and even saving up for your next vacation (did we mention the sitters who paid for their Caribbean cruise with their Rover earnings?). If you have a question that isn’t answered here, check out our Help Center first, or write to us at email@example.com if you can’t find the info in our Help Center, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.