New to Rover, how long should it take before I start getting booked?

asked 2016-06-16 17:44:34 -0600

Hello, I recently saw an ad on the indeed website for http://Rover.com and I checked it out and signed up right away. This seems like it could be a really cool and fun way for me to make money, developing personal relationships with clients and their pets while getting paid. I am eager to get clients right away and have put quite a bit of effort into marketing myself. I have professional photos on my profile a detailed description of myself, a testimonial, took the rover 101 quiz, completed a phone screen and background check. I have posted on Facebook and Craigslist and Twitter and Nextdoor with my profile link and promo code also created business pages on Facebook, Yahoo Local, Bing, Google, Yellow pages and Super pages. I plan on purchasing business cards when I get paid next and distributing those with flyers at local pet stores and veterinarians and also priced myself $3.00 - $5.00 below what other sitters are pricing for their services as is suggested by rover on this website. I also have tried to create a lot of availability on my rover calendar for clients to book through me. MY question is how long do you think before I start getting contact from clients? Thanks!

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answered 2016-06-16 18:14:58 -0600

Welcome Christopher!

It is difficult to say when you'll get your first booking from Rover. However, Rover usually puts new sitters near the top of search results to help them build a client base.

I did notice that your calendar show you are only available Monday through Thursday. My bookings for boarding usually extend into the weekend. I find that people go out of town and that means the weekend at a minimum. While there might be people who need care M-Th, that limitation might affect your ability to attract customers. But you have done a nice job with the photos and write-ups.

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Well I would like to turn Rover into something full time but right now I have another job and my work there is usually on the weekends which is why my availability is Monday through Thursday, currently anyways. Thanks for your input!

Christopher R.'s profile image Christopher R.  ( 2016-06-16 19:02:41 -0600 ) edit
answered 2016-06-17 10:40:43 -0600

It usually takes awhile for new sitters to start getting requests, and that depends on a lot of things. I looked at your profile and didn't see any red flags except for your availability. Many people do travel over the weekends so your limited availability may affect your request rate. I would just be patient, it sounds like you've done everything right to get the word out.

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answered 2016-06-16 21:33:52 -0600

It can be difficult to say since it's determined by a variety of factors. The biggest one is really how much of a demand there is for dog sitters in your area. I live in LA and since the city is so dense and I live in a dog friendly neighborhood, I got overloaded almost immediately, but I have friends in other states and smaller cities that rarely see much activity.

Networking definitely helps. Once you get one or two clients in, make sure you're giving out business cards or even just your Rover URL so they can spread the word to friends!

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is there a delay in the my profile being active from signup? I cant do things like add on special services (cat sitting) AND it says i am "coming soon" under my rate profile...any feedback is appreciated!

Heather C.'s profile image Heather C.  ( 2016-06-23 23:57:45 -0600 ) edit

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