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The Problems With Getting More Dog Walking Clients

It can be a scary moment in any dog walking business when you start to notice a decline in new clients. While dog walking clients are usually consistent in their bookings, there’s no telling when a loyal client may choose to stop service. This is why it’s SO important to consistently have new clients coming down the pipeline. Easier said then done right? Let’s discuss some of the challenges that dog walking business owners encounter when trying to gain more dog walking clients, and how you can overcome them.

The Problems With Getting More Dog Walking Clients

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Consistency

One of the reasons many dog walking business owners aren’t gaining new clients is because they don’t ASK! I’m officially giving you permission to overcome that barrier – don’t be afraid to ask for new clients through your marketing! Plus, you want to make sure you’re promoting your business on every platform you have an account for. This can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media marketing. Note that this doesn’t have to necessarily be advertising – you could simply be solving people’s problems via Facebook and then boosting that post for $5 or so. Or, maybe you are sending out email newsletters or writing blogs. Don’t forget to keep track of how much interaction and engagement each platform has, so that you can determine for yourself what the best social media marketing channels are.

Keep in mind that with any marketing cycle, you may not see results right away. That’s why I say consistency is key. The more you market and the more you brand, the more your business becomes a household name. Growth takes time, so be sure to stick with one marketing effort for a few months. Track your results, and if you notice that you’re not getting much feedback, change it up! Just allow adequate time for your marketing to run its course, which will help you really determine if your marketing is working.

Money

Maybe you’re consistent in your marketing, but are you doing enough (and spending enough)? Marketing is definitely an investment, so you have to be smart about how to get the most bang for your buck. Also be sure you’re investing in marketing both online AND offline. As the saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. Spending your money on marketing is really the best way to grow and scale your business – given that you’re working smarter NOT harder. To help you with this process, be sure to check out my one year pet sitting business marketing plan I designed for you.

Time

Even more so than money, time can be a commodity you have very little of as as dog walking business owner. I see a lot of business owners that are just so busy in the day-to-day aspects of their business, that they literally have no time to spend on marketing. Don’t let this be you! Design systems and processes to prevent this from happening. When you are being buried by your business, you absolutely NEED to make sure you have clients in the pipeline to stay afloat.

Remember those Facebook posts, email newsletters, and blogs I mentioned above? I recommend writing a batch at once and then scheduling them! Almost all content platforms have a scheduling feature now – so take advantage of it! But if blog writing, email writing, and Facebook status creation isn’t your forte, let me do it for you here through my Better Marketing With Bella Program.

Okay – so I think we’ve established that gaining new dog walking clients is definitely no easy task. There’s a lot of problems dog walking business owners run into for sure. But I think we’ve also determined that there are a number of ways we can overcome those problems. If you still feel lost, let’s work on it together – I am here to help!

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Can I Make Money Working For Rover As A Dog Sitter?

With the popularity in a shared economy growing, the opportunity to make more money on the side has become increasingly popular. You can drive people around with Lyft and Uber, you can deliver for Amazon, you can clean people’s homes through Handy, and you can now be a pet sitter or board dogs in your home on apps like Rover, DogVacay, and Care.com But can you actually make money working for rover?

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But Can You Make Money Working For Rover As A Dog Sitter?

The short answer, sure you can! Creating your profile takes about 15 minutes. Upload a few pictures, select the right price for your services and you are off to the races. According to the rover.com website, they take 15% of the fee that you charge and the rest of it is all yours!

Pretty neat if you love pets and want to make some money… yet not exactly have your own full blown company, right?

Maybe…

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There Is A Lot Of Responsibility To Being A Pet Sitter

If you are considering making money working for rover as a dog sitter, or any of the other apps, then I encourage you to consider a few important details:

1. Is the liability insurance that comes with your membership to these sites enough to cover you? Think about what the coverage limits are and what the deductibles are. Will it have any influence on your home owner’s insurance?

2. What if you were to break up a dog fight that happened in your home and were so injured you couldn’t go to your day job? Who would pay for your lost wages?

3. What happens if one of the dogs you are watching destroys your property or the property in their home?

4. What are your city zoning laws? Are you even legally allowed to host dogs in your home for the exchange of money?

There is just so much that you, as an independent contractor, need to be aware of.

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Look Before You Fall In Love

It is easy to fall into the romance of loving on pets all day and getting a paycheck. I mean, who wouldn’t want to? 🙂 It is a lovable, rewarding, and fun job. Truth be told, I made it my life for over 14 years when I had my company.

But in the end, we must remember that we are still caring for animals. They have an entirely different way of communicating than humans. 

 

Do You Know The Difference?

For example, did you know that if dogs approach nose to nose it is aggressive and if it is from the side it is friendly? I learned that a long time ago in one of the best Dog Behavior for Pet Sitter Manuals that are out on the market. The nuggets of info stored in there could be the difference between a calm day at the “home office” and a dog fight.

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So What Is the Final Answer?

In the end, the simple answer to your question, “Can I make money being a rover dog sitter?” is YES. You can. But equally important of a question is, “Do you fully understand the liability and risks you are assuming while doing so?”

Note: Where ever you see rover.com that can also mean dogvacay.com, care.com, Wag, etc.

 

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