There are more sits on TrustedHousesitters than on all other global house sitting websites combined, so you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of steps you can take to help you secure your first sit, including:
1. Create a great profile
A pet parent is looking for someone they can be sure will do a great job of looking after their home and pets. Your profile lets you show off that you will do just that, so take the time to get it right. Add lots of photos of you with pets and help pet parents get to know you by writing a full description of you, your background and what makes you a great sitter.
2. Get verified
Complete our verifications to give a pet parent extra peace of mind. These include email and telephone verification along with a secure ID/document check in order for your profile to go live. Sitters who add external references to their profile are more likely to secure a sit quickly - these can be from a friend, family member, landlord or employer and there is no limit to the number you can have.
3. Start local
When you are first starting out, looking for a local sit can be a great first step. It means that you will be able to go and meet the pet parent in advance to talk about the sit and meet their pets. Plus, you’ll get to explore your own doorstep through new eyes! Once you’ve done your first sit and got your first review, you’ll be well on your way to securing the sits of your dreams.
4. Be flexible and proactive
Unlike traditional travel websites, you can’t ‘book’ sits. Rather than looking for one very specific location or timeframe, the most successful sitters keep an open mind and consider many different kinds of opportunities. The more applications you send for sits that you are a good match for, the higher your chances of securing a sit.
This handy blog post contains more helpful advice on how to be a successful sitter.
If you have any questions about getting started, don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly expert Membership Services team! We all go house and pet sitting, so have first-hand experience and plenty of advice to share.
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