Pet Sitting Jobs for Kids
Pet sitting jobs for kids are a great way for your animal-loving
child to learn about the care of animals and develop basic work
skills. If done properly, pet sitting is a relatively easy job;
however, your child needs to be mature and attentive, and understand
they are responsible for properly caring for another person’s pet.
What is Pet Sitting?
Essentially, pet sitting is babysitting animals. Responsibilities
associated with pet sitting jobs for kids may include:
- Walking and supervising outdoors time for the pet
- Providing food and water
- Cleaning up accidents and messes
- Playing with the animals
- Administering medications, if necessary
No Pet Sitting Experience
your child assumes responsibilities for care of family pets, some
potential customers will not feel comfortable unless your child has
additional experience. Have your child call pet-owning friends and
relatives, explain their interest in pet sitting jobs for kids and
offer pet sitter services. They can offer longer services for times
when they go out of town on business or day trips as well as caring
for pets while owners are away for short periods of time such as at
Chances are, friends and family will be happy to help your child
start a pet sitting business and may even pay your child for their
help while they learn. If happy with the services provided, ask
people to write a short reference letter that the young entrepreneur
can show potential customers.
Finding Potential Customers
While friends and family can help your child find pet sitting jobs
for kids, gain experience and make money, the majority of their
profits are going to come from other customers. Help your child make
connections within your local community, as they explore ways to
actively inform people of their pet sitting business.
Make sure your child understands that it takes time to build a
successful business – pet sitting jobs for kids will not just fall
into their lap and getting clients involves legwork. One of the
easiest ways to find potential pet sitting jobs is to accompany your
child to different homes in your community and support them as they
explain who they are and the services they offer. If you child is
shy or has public speaking fears, help them prepare and practice an
introductory sales pitch such as:
Hi, my name is
_____ and I live in this community. I recently began offering pet
sitting services to my neighbors. I want to introduce myself and
explain the services I offer; please take my flier and contact me
if you ever need a pet sitter. Help your youngster practice
his/her pitch so that they can easily remember it when talking to
others about their services. Have your child create and hand out a
flier with their name, business information and phone number; this
is an effective way for neighbors to remember your child, should
they need a pet sitter in the future.
If going door-to-door with your child makes you uncomfortable or is
too time consuming, consider allowing them to post fliers at local
establishments. Veterinary offices, pet stores, community centers
and local businesses with bulletin boards are some of the best
places to help spread word of your child’s pet sitting services.
Just remember to tell your child to ask permission before hanging a
Pet Sitting Charges
Pet sitting jobs for kids are a great way for your child to make
extra money, but make sure they have reasonable expectations. Most
young pet sitters charge an average of $25-$30 per day; although
this price may increase depending on travel distance, sitting for
multiple animals or caring for pets with special needs. Make sure
customers don’t take advantage of a young worker; your child should
charge for additional services such as moving trash cans to the
road, watering plants and checking mail.
Many customers tip pet sitters; although you should avoid raising
expectations, remind your child that clients may reward them for
doing a good job. In addition, tell your child their pet sitting
business will grow with happy clients, who will hire them again and
tell friends to call your child’s service for pet sitting needs.
Most Americans have at least one pet and many would feel comfortable
entrusting their pet sitting needs to a neighborhood child. Through
community networking and hard work, pet sitting jobs for kids
provide a means for your child to learn how to grow a business.
Perfect for older, more mature children with a love for animals,
this type of self start-up business requires no supplies and can
help your child save up for something he/she wants or start a
Help kids get started on a path to making money and turning their
ideas into business plans.
See details on our
Money Making Ideas Ebook.
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