READY TO BE A HOUSE SITTER
So you’re ready to be a house sitter? Our advice to everybody who wishes to end up being a house sitter is to begin establishing yourself as a house sitter online. It’s most likely that most, if not all, of your home sitting opportunities will be found online. If you do choose to become a house sitter, then you will have to seek home sitting opportunities yourself – naturally, those magic emails providing you a house sitting opportunity do not simply appear in your inbox. There are lots of different methods you can do this and each technique has it’s benefits. Here are some to follow if you’re ready to become a house sitter:
JOIN A HOUSE SITTING PLATFORM
There are a growing number of these platforms now available across the internet but probably the largest site is Trusted House Sitters, with House Sit Match coming in 2nd. Other recommended sites include House Carers, Caretaker Gazette and Kindred Spirit. No matter where in the world you fancy house sitting, you’re sure to find something from searching through these house sitting sites.
CREATE YOUR OWN WEBSITE
Although not 100% necessary, as there are lots of successful house and pet sitters who don’t have their own website, it could make the difference of getting you that perfect house sit assignment or not. Getting house sitting work depends upon individuals feeling a connection with you – no one desires a complete stranger looking after their home and pets. Having a professional looking website is a fantastic way to introduce yourself and address any concerns which individuals may have about you and your house sitting service.
CREATE A FACEBOOK PAGE
If you’re unsure about setting up a site or blog, then having a Facebook page for your house sitting services is an excellent option. Facebook pages are terrific, because many house sitting opportunities can be discovered on Facebook, you have a page that people can engage with and you can promote yourself free of charge. You can upgrade your status with you location and accessibility, while also posting video clips and photos from your house sits – as you go.
When you’re first starting as a house sitter, you’ll have to search out house sitting assignments online – where first impressions are vital. Property owners are looking to see how friendly, reliable and credible you are – references are an excellent method to show these qualities. If you have already cared for houses and pets for family or friends, then ask them for a recommendation. Excellent recommendations/ references can go a long way. If you have not done so already, then now’s a good time to obtain a bit of experience and experiment with much shorter term home sits prior to wanting to house sit abroad.
CONTACT LOCAL RESIDENTS OR EXPATS
If you’re currently in the location where you want to house sit, word of mouth is, in some cases all you have to discover a good opportunity. -Leave a flyer or business card in local cafes and bars. If you have actually already been house sitting in the location, ask the property owner who you sat for if they have friends or relatives if they would require a house sitter. In locations with huge expats neighbourhoods, you can sometimes discover back-to-back home sits this way.
If you wish to end up being a house sitter, it’s essential to be versatile with your travel plans. House sits might not come up in the precise location you’re expecting and sometimes the dates might not match up exactly – so it’s worth asking the home owner to see if there’s any room to make a house sit work for both of you. It’s likewise worth noting that house sitters are in more demand in some countries than others.
CONNECT WITH OTHER HOUSE SITTERS
As you’re now ready to be a house sitter, networking with other house sitters can be a terrific way to find house sitting assignments all over the world. We’re in contact with some other well-established house sitters and routinely check-in with each other about our journeys and let one another know if we’ve had any house sitting offers that we cannot take ourselves or that they might be interested in. The house sitting network is growing and this is a terrific method for everyone to benefit! Join our house sitters forum for free and start networking today!
Now that you’re ready to be a house sitter, we hope this information will guide you to success.