I want to start pet sitting….?

Hi there! I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on starting a pet sitting business. I have experience with animals like dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits and some reptiles. I heard some places you need a license to pet sit. I looked it up and in Michigan it is not required. I volunteer at our local animal shelter and studing all there is to know about pets.
I am 17 and have my own car if I had to drive anywhere. I have an emergency vet who can see many types of animals.
Any help on what I might need or how I would start would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!


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    You can start hanging posters are flyers at the local animal shelter your volunteering in if they let you. Be confident to custumers at all time and polite. Be prepared for these common questions to pop up:

    Why Do You Like Being a Pet Sitter?
    They will most likely start with an open-ended question like this. The question is to assess the sitter's level of enthusiasm for animals and for this type of job. If you seems animated about this field, it may be something your doing because you actually enjoying it — not just as a way to earn some extra cash.

    2.Will You Play with My Pet?
    They might bring their pet along to interview to see how compatible it is with the you. All the training in the world doesn't matter if their pet doesn't get along with you. Sometimes pets have an instant negative reaction to a person. They will see how you will interact with their pet. Are comfortable playing with and being around their animal?

    3.What Training Have You Received?
    Being enthusiastic is important, but they can also ask what type of actual training the you have had. This may include a degree of some sort. A Veterinary Technician who is licensed to give shots, help with exams and assist in surgery would be quite a catch. In lieu of that, make sure the you can spot health problems and react accordingly.

    4.What Previous Experience Have You Had?
    Have you cared for similar types of pets in the past? What did the you like and dislike about these experiences? What did you learn from them?

    5.What Services Do You Provide?
    Do you offer to groom their pet while the owners are gone? Do you think it's important that the pet spends at least an hour a day catching a Frisbee. You should provide a checklist of what you did with their pet. They will ask specific questions. What types of grooming products does you use?

    6.Do You Have a Contract?
    A contract that lists services and fees is good for your peace of mind and for the custumers. Make sure the contract doesn't have a clause that states "Will feed but will not water."

    7.Can You Provide References?
    They really want a pet sitter who can prove that he or she satisfied customers before they even got to you. They will ask what your experience as sitter was like.

    8.Are You Bonded and Insured?
    This would cover many dire contingencies(accidents, negligence, theft of your property, etc,).

    9.How Many Other Pets Are You Currently Sitting for?
    They want to make sure you have enough time to care for their pet. If you also watch over numerous other animals, you may not be able to devote lots of special attention to their pet.

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