According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), revenue in the pet industry was $69.51 billion in 2017. Revenue for Pet Services: grooming, boarding, training, pet sitting, pet walking was $6.47 billion in 2017. People are spending a lot of money on their pets. As a result many people are getting into the pet care industry. AARP listed pet sitting as a good second career, people are deciding to quit the 9-5 cubicle dwelling work life for the fun and adventures of pet sitting in the great outdoors. However they soon find out that pet sitting is not always fun or outdoors and when it is outdoors you have to take the nice days and the snowy/rainy days, the cold and the heat all while working 24-7, this can lead to burnout.
Having been in the business over 8 years I saw many pet sitters last only a few months or years. Although I did have a colleague who retired several years ago after being in the business 22 years. The number one reason pet sitters burnout is that they did not set up their business to be efficient, combined with working 24-7. Pet Sitting Business 101 can help. This website is loaded with useful resources, the facebook page provides tips and group discussions on various pet care/business topics, you can also purchase the book "So, You Want To Be A Pet Sitter? How To Start Your Own Pet Sitting/Dog Walking Business", from the Book page.
The first step to running an efficient pet sitting/dog walking business is to answer many questions before you start, like what days/hours are you willing to work, what size territory will you service, what types of pets will you care for, how will you record client requests, what method of communication do you want your clients to use, and more. The book has a whole section on these decisions many you can change as your business grows but it is good to think about them and plan for the future. Always think ahead, where do you want to be in 5 years? Do you want to stay small, just you and maybe one or two employees and you do a lot of the work (sits/walks) or grow large and have 30 or more employees and you just manage the business?