Isn't the picture hilarious? It's funnier than hell, if you ask me. The innocent look on Fido's face after ripping apart the recliner had me rolling on the floor.
I'll bet you that the owner didn't find it too funny and wished he had hired a ‘professional pet sitter‘ while away on his short trip out of town.
This is not a joke, my friends. You can actually use the services of Pet Sitting Businesses while you are away from your home. And why not? There are thousands of privately owned and run Day Care Centers to baby sit your children.
So it doesn't come as a big surprise that somebody had the idea of founding a company providing ‘pet sitting' by independent contractors. This company is the subject of my Rover.com Review today, and I will tell you if it is indeed a good work at home opportunity.
What Is Rover.com?
A Place For Rover Inc., based in Seattle WA, was founded in 2011 by CEO Aaron Easterly. The company is selling pet services, including dog & pet sitting as an alternative to traditional Kennels and/or family members or friends.
Rover Inc. is a web-based operation and, at inception, served Seattle WA and Portland Oregon. In 2012, the company expanded to serve all 50 states. Rover has been featured in many major media outlets, among them the Wall Street Journal.
The simple concept is to connect pet owners in need of pet care with screened and approved sitters willing to take care of the animals. The business transaction is handled by the company which receives a 15% fee of the agreed compensation paid to the sitter.
Rover Inc. provides insurance for no extra cost in case an emergency visit to, or by a vet, should be necessary. The insurance also covers property damage and liability.
Rover Inc. is BBB Accredited and has an “A Rating“.
Pet Sitting is not limited to dogs or cats; Rover Sitters have watched many different animals, including horses, birds, pigs, goats, and even lizards, snakes and turtles.
I wouldn't mind watching a turtle; the little critter couldn't out run me, to start with, and a smaller one would easily fit in my pants pocket, lol.
How You Can Become A Pet Sitter For Rover?
It's pretty simple and straight forward. Log on to their website and fill out an application. You have to agree to a background check which takes about 24 to 48 hours to be processed.
You will create your profile page which includes a short bio of yourself, the rates you are going to charge, and what animals you are willing to pet sit. You can even exclude certain breeds of dogs if you wish.
Once you are accepted as ‘Sitter For Rover‘, they supply you with some marketing materials and ideas to promote your business, and training videos. You also will get access to a Rover Blog & Member Forum where you can communicate with other sitters.
How Much Money Can You Make As A Rover Sitter?
Well, that depends on two things:
1) First off, it's your decision if you want to work full or part time, what kinds of animals you are willing to take care of, and if you are willing to pet sit at the client's location (which may be necessary for bigger animals like horses etc.)
You can add travel expenses to your base rate or charge extra for over night stays; that's completely up to you. And, of course, it depends on how you get about promoting your business from your end.
2) Secondly, it depends on how many requests for sitters Rover receives in your area. I learned during my research that Rover is quite busy, and also fair in spreading available work among the sitters in the particular locations.
I have seen reports from part time sitters that make $400 to $600 per month, and some from full time sitters making $1200 to $2000.
Important: You Are An Independent Contractor!
You understand that you are NOT an employee of Rover Inc., but an Independent Contractor and therefore responsible to take care of your tax liability as business owner. IRS form 1099 is required.
Are There Complaints About Rover.com?
In short, NONE whatsoever. The Better Business Bureau received and resolved TWO complaints in 4 years. However, in both cases, the owner of the pet AND the pet sitter, both ignored Standard Operating Procedures.
The pet owners failed to process the deal through Rover Inc., and the sitter failed to request confirmation of the business deal from the company. In fact, Rover did not even know that a contract between owner and sitter existed, and therefore unable to bill the pet owners.
When it was brought to the company's knowledge by the BBB, the issue was resolved within a couple of days. The sitters received their money (one owner included a $50 tip), Rover received their commission of 15%, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Is Sitting For Rover A Good Business Opportunity?
In my humble opinion – YES, it absolutely is. If you like animals and are able to take good care of them, what better way could there be to make some money at the same time?
There is only a little thing I have a problem with. Sitting for Rover is not for anyone…….
Although they have a web presence in all 50 states, they cannot cover and offer their service in every city or town. I am not sure why that is, but that's what they say on their website. So, if you are interested, you need to check on their site first if this opportunity is available in your area.
If you're not big animal person and you think they belong on your plate or out in the wild where mother nature intended to be, I get it. This may not be the opportunity for you. But don't fret there are some other options. You can check out my Top Free Work At Home Recommendation by clicking here. Or you can take one of my courses where I personally teach you some of the ways I make money online.
Either way you have options. Well that's enough from me. Let me know what you think of this opportunity by leaving a comment below. It's always great to hear from ya'll.
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Eddy with a y is outie!