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
An owner 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 an owner that you will do just that, so take the time to get it right. Add lots of photos of you with pets and help owners get to know you by writing a full description of you, your background and what makes you a great sitter.
2. Get verified
Use our verification features to get a trust badge for your profile, which gives an owner extra peace of mind. Sitters with our Basic verification badge are twice as likely to secure a sit quickly - all you need to do is verify your email address and phone number and get a reference from a friend, family member, landlord or employer. You can also complete a secure ID/document verification to build further trust on your profile.
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 owner 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 ourselves, so have first hand experience and plenty of advice to share.