When you’re starting out, it’s tough to know what to charge. So, we polled a few expert sitters to see how they set competitive pricing!
When I first signed up for Rover, I chose the sitter who charged the most on the first page and charged $5.00 less than her/him. A boarding cost of $35 per night has worked well for me and seems to be a fair and reasonable price.
I price my services based on experience and location. From puppies to adult dogs, I confidently set my prices associated with my expertise (which just means I’ve been through the ringer of novice dog sitting years ago). I include cat sitting and mail collection as part of my pricing.
When setting my prices I didn’t want to charge a lot more than a lot of others, but I also didn’t want to short change myself. I work very hard and take extra care of all dogs that come through my door. I didn’t want to charge too much, and seem not affordable to most people seeking boarding for their beloved pets. I tried to stay as close to the prices other sitters are charging, as possible. But I also made puppy sitting/boarding a little more expensive, due to the extra cleaning and attention needed.
My prices are pretty similar to others in my area, and I let my reviews and outstanding care speak for itself. I love dogs, they are part of our family. I’m pretty sure it shows in how I care for them.
I set my pricing based on the average of the pricing in my area to make it competitive. Then once I began to book repeat clients and get enough reviews, I was able to increase it to make it more profitable but still attractive to my clients.
When I first started Rover i set my prices to prices I myself would not mind paying for my own dog’s care.
There you have it! If you’re not sure how to start out with your prices, or what you should charge when you gain more experience, just take a look at these helpful tips.