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Have A Successful Business Partnership With Your Community

Recently, I found myself in a business partnership with a local referral partner I wasn’t sure if I wasted to continue to stay in. What happened? There are certain graces I feel should be extended from one business to another when forming a partnership. This could be in the form of a pet sitting business […]

14 Pet Sitting Technology Tools To Make Your Business Better!

We have come a long way since Patti Moran of Pet Sitters International started pet sitting! Back then, no one really knew who we were or what we did. Back then, there were no Pet Sitting Technology Tools. Everything was printed out, or ever written out. There were no cell phones, emails, let alone social […]

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[Case Study] Pet Sitting Audit: Having A Team Makes All The Difference

In our Pet Sitting Audit Case Study series we will go under the hood of pet sitting businesses and do what no one else is doing in the industry. Find out why companies were audited, how they survived, and their reflections looking back. We are so thankful to these companies for helping us to put truth to all […]

[Case Study] Pet Sitter Audit: Investigation Due To Company Collecting Money, Not The Independent Contractor.

 In our Audit Case Study series we will go under the hood of pet sitting businesses and do what no one else is doing in the industry. Find out why companies were audited, how they survived, and their reflections looking back. We are so thankful to these companies for helping us to put truth to all of the […]

[Case Study] Pet Sitter Audit: Your Independent Contractors Are Not In Compliance.

In our Case Study Audit series we will go under the hood of pet sitting businesses and do what no one else is doing in the industry. Find out why companies were audited, how they survived, and their reflections looking back. We are so thankful to these companies for helping us to put truth to all of the […]

[Case Study] Pet Sitter Audited By The State Twice And Told Two Different Things!

In our Case Study Audit series we will go under the hood of pet sitting businesses and do what no one else is doing in the industry. Find out why companies were audited, how they survived, and their reflections looking back. We are so thankful to these companies for helping us to put truth to all of the […]

2013 Pet Sitter Survey Results Are In!

If you have ever wondered if your business is “average” “above average” or “under average” this Pet Sitter Business Owner Survey will be very interesting to you…   In Feb 2014, we conducted the 2nd Annual Jump Consulting pet sitter survey. 2013.  This survey was spread through the Jump Consulting and PetSittingOlogy email lists, and […]

[CASE STUDY] Pet Sitting IRS Audit Costing estimated $25K!

    In our Case Study Audit series we will go under the hood of pet sitting businesses and do what no one else is doing in the industry. Find out why companies were audited, how they survived, and their reflections looking back. We are so thankful to these companies for helping us to put truth to all […]

CASE STUDY: Pet Sitter Audit on Home Expenses and Mileage Reports

In our Case Study Audit series we will go under the hood of pet sitting businesses and do what no one else is doing in the industry. Find out why companies were audited, how they survived, and their reflections looking back. We are so thankful to these companies for helping us to put truth to […]

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[An Interview] Independent Contractor vs. Employee Pet Sitting Business

One afternoon in March 2014 I had the pleasure of speaking with Jan Brown of Jan’s Pet Sitting and Teresa Toldeo – Larios of Hooves to Paws Pet Sitting  They are both located in California, which I believe (and Teresa too) is one of the toughest states in the nation to have a business due to […]

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18 Real Reasons To Switch Your Pet Sitters From ICs To Employees.

Over the past 5+ years, I have gotten to know Julie Fredrick very well. She is the owner of The Pet Sitter of Boise  and a real class act. For the longest time, she has had Independent Contractors (IC) in her business and was dead set against changing to employees. As she grew, she struggled with […]

Is Pet Sitting Profitable? How To Figure Out The Perfect Price.

Is Pet Sitting Profitable? Of course it is! If you know what you are doing. Although if you are a pet sitting business owner who has a staff, paying them 60 – 70%, after you add in taxes and expenses, it may be COSTING you money to have your business. I always chuckle when I […]

How To Have The Worst Pet Sitting Booth At A Local Event.

Recently there was a Home and Garden show in my area. You know, the ones that pack a stadium full of vendors with people trying to sell you things for everything for your home and garden? 🙂  There were pest control companies with tarantulas, there were cooking demonstrations, chair massages, all sorts of things to […]

7 Facebook Tips You Should Always Be Doing For Your Business

One of my top tips for being more successful in your pet sitting company is to get OFF Facebook. It seems to suck the life out of us. There are people who only connect with other human beings on Facebook and it is important to get out and live life! Although, many people’s excuses for being […]

Do I Need Bonding If I am A Sole Proprietor Pet Sitting Business?

Bonding is a type of insurance that you can get from almost any business insurance company. Typical rates I have seen from places like Mouer Foster are $100 for $10,000 bond. A bond is in case a worker steals from a client, the client and the company is protected up to your bond limit. Although […]

Which Costs More? Pet Sitting Employees Vs. Independent Contractors

MYTH: It costs more to have employees vs Independent contractors. FACT: That all depends on the business owner. I have seen pet sitting companies do all sorts of things over the years I have been coaching them. Some IC companies paying 60%, 70% or even 80% saying “that is the going rate.”  For the life of […]

How Do I Explain Un-Timed Visits To Pet Sitting Clients?

Pet sitters around the world typically do two things when they charge for their services. They either charge by time or by un-timed visits. Personally, I don’t believe in charging by time and I think every single pet sitter could do the same, if they wanted to. Here, we will focus on the in’s and […]

5 Ways You Can Become More Successful In Your Pet Sitting Business, Today!

If you want to win a game, you have to do many things leading up to it, right? You have to stretch, practice, physically train,eat right, and be mentally strong. Otherwise, you risk the trophy not being yours. Your business is the same way. There are fundamental things that every business owner needs to do […]

Pet Sitting Business Owner Survey 2013!

It is that time of the year again…. for the Jump Consulting Pet Sitting Business Owner Survey! Jump Consulting and PetSittingOlogy are teaming up once again to bring you a basic survey about our industry. We feel that our survey will really help those in our industry because of our heavy social media presence. We reach […]

How Can Your Voice Positively and Negatively Impact Your Pet Sitting Business?

We all have a voice.  I don’t just mean the one that comes out of our mouth through our vocal cords but our VOICE. What is the message that your business tells the world? Is it educational? helpful? all about business? biased or unbiased? well rounded or very narrow on topics? Each and every business has […]

How 20 Seconds Of Confidence Can Get You Through All Your Business Challenges

Confidence….. We all know what that means but do you know the impact it can have on your life if you just take a deep breath and have confidence? On the plane ride home I was watching “We Bought A Zoo”  (Great movie by the way) and Matt Damon’s character gives this advice to his […]

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What I Learned About Google + At TechPhx Today!

  So as I posted about my excitement about Google + on my facebook yesterday, one of my friends Desiree from Pink Media mentioned that there was Tech Phoenix, a relevant media “unconference” happening.  I soon learned that my friend Christina Wagner, with No Limits was going to be there as well, so I clicked […]

Help! Where Do I Learn About Google + For My Pet Sitting Business?

For those that have been following me over the past few days on Google + and in my community, you will know that I have been getting serious about Google + and it is my prediction that this is what is really going to set you up and over your competition. It is going to […]