7 Steps to Earning Extra Cash by Caring for Pets

1. Make a plan

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Providing basic pet care requires few upfront costs, but you should still set goals and plan out how you will meet them.

Figure out how much time you will spend on this business, and how many clients you will need to make it worth your while. Decide whether you want to find those clients on your own or through a network like Rover.com. (More on that later.)

Think about the kinds of services you’ll offer. Are you just going to walk dogs around the neighborhood? Will you also bring in the mail or water the geraniums at the client’s home?

Think it through in advance so you can respond to potential clients’ questions, and be prepared to price that service.

Keep in mind that taxes will eat into your profits. There may be other expenses — such as gas, bags to pick up dog poop, and cash for incidentals if an owner on vacation fails to leave enough food or other supplies.

If you’re walking dogs, consider carrying liability insurance in case one gets hurt or hurts someone while in your care.

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