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Tips on How to Become a House and Pet Sitter
Want to become a house sitter and find your perfect first pet sit?
Whether it's travelling in a meaningful way, spending more time with animals, or getting to know new locations 'off the beaten track', there are many reasons why house and pet sitting is the perfect travel solution for thousands of people around the world.
With TrustedHousesitters, you can combine affordable travel with a love for animals, in exchange for free accommodation in exotic locations across the world. Simply take care of pets in the place where they're happiest and most comfortable: their home. Rather than making money, it's about making memories –– which is why members often talk about house sitting experiences, or opportunities, rather than 'jobs'.
If you love animals and you're seeking cheap travel opportunities, then why not benefit from these opportunities? Let's see how it could work for you!
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Combining travel with house sitting could bring you cheap accommodation, but this isn't for everyone, remember. You will essentially get benefits in exchange for taking care of the owners' pets.
#1 First impressions count
It's important to take time to make a great house sitting profile; come across as professional, but also make sure you show your personality!
This the first thing that owner members see, so it needs to make a good first impression. A few handy hints...
Put yourself in the owner's shoes
What would you want to know about a person coming to care for your home and pets? Keeping this question in mind will help you include your experience and qualities that really speak to an owner.
Who are you?
Profiles should be full of personality –– include your skills, qualifications, and let them know about any passions that may help you to house sit.
References are key to reassure owners that you are trustworthy and reliable. Your references don't have to be from previous house sitting experiences, as you can use a character, landlord, or employer reference instead.
#2 Be passionate about pets!
Yes, it may seem like an obvious one if you're going to look after someone else's pet. Although not every house sit on TrustedHousesitters are seeking someone to look after their furry friends, most are seeking animal-loving sitters to welcome into their home. Not a fan of dogs or cats? Not to worry, as there are plenty of different types of pet in need of company on TrustedHousesitters –– from lizards and snakes to fish and alpacas — or even rabbits and horses.
So, make sure you show your love for pets on your profile. Be sure to include details of any time you've taken care of animals –– small or large! This will help reassure owners that you're experienced and capable.
#3 Be flexible
Your dream house sit may be in Costa Rica looking after a dog, but be open-minded to different locations and types of pet. On TrustedHousesitters, new house sitting opportunities are added daily in over 130 countries, meaning there are countless possibilities for you to explore new areas of the world and meet all sorts of different pets. Plus, this will help when it comes to applying for sits; the wider your search, the more applications you can send and the more likely you are to secure a house sit.
Likewise, if you find your dream sit but the dates aren't ideal; try and make it work! The more flexible you are, the more appealing you'll be to potential owners.
#4 Sign up
If you're dreaming of an affordable travel solution where you can meet new friends –– animal or human! –– as well as discover incredible new experiences in destinations all over the world... then why wait?
Sign up to TrustedHousesitters today and start your adventure. In no time you could have the house sit of your dreams lined up...
Photo credit: FotoArt-Treu via Pixabay.com / CC0 Creative Commons
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