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The Perks of Being A Traveling Pet Sitter

With Doug Keeling

A lot of pet lovers choose pet sitting as a means of living simply because it makes them happy. Sure, being a doctor or a lawyer seems promising, but caring for animals and playing with pets all day sounds like a lot more fun than surgeries and court cases. To top it all off, if you build the right connections and create systems that work for you, you can be a pet sitter who gets to travel the world for a living!

Doug Keeling, founder of Bad to the Bone Pet Care, shares his adventures from pet sitting in Florida, to growing his business and eventually traveling the world—all while doing what he loves and getting paid for it.

In 2014, Doug started his pet sitting career in Florida without the intention of starting his own business. But one thing led to another, and he eventually found himself managing a great team of pet-lovers-turned-sitters.

To expand his business, he started reaching out to old clients who have moved away, to offer them his services. Even if they were miles away, he would hop on a plane or drive cross country, whichever was more cost-effective.

Whenever he was on an out of town pet sitting gig, he would visit local pet shops and pet groomers to introduce himself as a traveling pet sitter, leaving a good impression and his contact information.

One of his favorite things to do is to contact other well-rated pet sitters and dog walkers in the area to ask them out for coffee and a nice little chat. In doing so, he was able to meet the experts in the area, learn from them, and build connections for future referrals.

Pet sitting can be a lot of fun, but just like all professions, you should stand out from the crowd in order to achieve success. For traveling pet sitters, it’s good to have a background in farm care or to be trained in aggressive animal handling. After all, there are a lot of farms all over the country.

Doug has a lot of great insights that you can apply if you are an aspiring business owner with an interest in pet sitting and a love for traveling. Here are some of his key points:

  • Be aware of what your actual demand is

  • Find your niche

  • Create a branding and marketing strategy that is geared towards your specific niche

  • Have a set of systems and processes that work for you and your business

  • Bring and use the same systems from your local pet sitting venture to a larger scale (i.e. traveling pet sitting)

  • Connect through referrals

These are just a few of things that you will learn from Doug Keeling. Join us HERE, as he explains all of these in detail!

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