Hi I am intrested in becoming a dog sitter in my home is it possible to clear 500 dollars a week?

asked 2015-01-03 21:13:35 -0500

Can you clear 500 a week watching say two dogs?

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answered 2015-02-01 20:07:13 -0500

My first client actually pays per hour, 10 per hour for four dogs and I am her back up sitter. Her regular sitter makes $100.00 per day X 5 = $500. So yes it is possible but I do feel I got blessed with a great client. I am a traveling sitter so I also do light errands if needed and stay at the clients house. I recently raised my rate for two reasons, I can't really sit multiple dog families if I am in your home but I offer less anxiety for your dog by keeping it in his/her environment and it will be exposed to less illness while your home is also more secure.

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answered 2015-01-04 12:06:06 -0500

There are two questions: is it possible and is it realistic or likely? Mathematically, with your $40/night rate, it isn't even possible after Rover takes its fees (15%). But then you get into the realm of likelihood. For you to take in two dogs for 7 days a week consistently is hardly likely. There are holiday/vacation times when you get busy but, for me, in a major city, bookings are sporadic. The revenue stream you are imagining would require enough demand in your locale and whether your home-care environment will have people interested in your services. Having children and cats also makes achieving that goal unlikely. Finally, it is going to take a great deal of self-promotion and marketing to achieve those kind of numbers. I wouldn't rely on a "passive" Rover listing to generate that kind of income.

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answered 2015-01-05 05:54:58 -0500

You can do it once you get established. It may take a year or two before you have enough regulars. You will always have some weeks with no bookings, but you will be able to make up for that during school breaks. You will be able to average $500.00 a week if you stay with it, but some weeks you might have 5 or six dogs.

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answered 2015-01-04 12:33:36 -0500

Like Karen said, even if your rates are set high enough that you would be taking home $500 a week when fully booked, the likelihood of being fully booked is slim to none, especially when you are first starting out. Beyond that, you have to consider that this is taxable income, and come April you'll be required to pay taxes on your earnings, at a rate of 15%.

Take home income: 500/wk x 52 wks = 26000/yr = 15% tax bracket regardless of how you file
True earnings (including fees paid to Rover): (500/.85) x 52 = 30588/yr = still 15% tax bracket

And again, that's assuming you stay booked with two dogs at an absurdly high nightly rate for all 365 days a year. You would never get to go away for a night during that time, let alone an actual vacation. You couldn't even attend all day events in your own town because you'd be responsible for someone else's animals.

To compare, this is something my partner and I do while I work full time (3 12 hr days/wk) and he's in school. We host maybe 1-2 dogs per month. December has been by far our most-booked month, with two dogs staying with us from mid-December to early January. Each is paying us $25 per day with our extended stay discount (normal rate is $30), for 16 and 17 days, respectively. After Rover fees, we'll actually get about $630 for over two weeks of full occupancy. It's a good supplemental income, but until you're established and have a solid client base and a reputation that allows you to charge above average in your area, it probably isn't going to be a good reliable full time income source.

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answered 2015-01-03 22:08:11 -0500

Only if you plan on overpricing. I don't know the cost of living in your area but the average night stay in my metro (OKC) is $25 a night. So for 2 dogs that is only $250 before Rover takes its fees. You can book more than 2 dogs at a time but it is definitely harder, espeically if you're first starting out.

And I wouldn't recommend charging $50 (in order to make $500 a week watching only 2 dogs) per night per dog unless you've got an amazing yard and big house and are going to be home with the dogs their entire stay. It isn't fair to the pet parent to have to pay so much unless they are getting a service that is without a doubt worth it.

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Ive got an amazing yard , an acre fenced in with walking trails through the woods just beyond my property, and totally dedicated to the dogs home(but still very people friendly), I'm home all day taking them for walks and playing with them and i charge 18.00 a day. i get very few bookings thus far.

Risa S.'s profile image Risa S.  ( 2015-03-06 19:36:12 -0500 ) edit

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