Earn Extra Money in a Pet-Care Business Through Rover

The best side hustles combine income potential, something you love or are very good at, and a fair amount of flexibility. For many people, including yours truly, that made pet sitting with the Rover app a near perfect fit.

Like Uber, TaskRabbit and Instacart, Rover connects independent contractors with folks who require their particular services, in this case, vetted pet sitters with needy pet owners. First on the scene in 2011, Rover screens their sitters and charges a nominal fee from every service rendered.

Matching Rover to Your Schedule

Flexibility is key to a great side hustle. As a Rover sitter you’ll have complete control over what pet jobs you book and when. Customizable options within the Rover app allow you endless ways to adapt pet sitting to your existing lifestyle.

You choose what services to provide and advertise, in any combination – walking dogs, home drop-ins, boarding pets and even house sit at clients’ homes – and adjust rates you will charge easily. Once a client requests a service, you coordinate dates and details on the app and get their location once booked. You are free to deny requests, although doing so affects your sitter score.

Getting Started

Click Become a Sitter on the Rover homepage and the site will prompt you to create an account, add your personal information and experience with animals, and customize your preferences for potential jobs and select which services you’re looking to offer.

Add Photos

Consider your photos as a first impression for potential clients. Select professional photos that convey a trustworthy and friendly nature. Your profile photo should be a clear representation of your face. Other photos should focus on your experience and relationship with animals, with regard to what services you might offer.

“About” Section

Your “about me” gives you depth and color. I began mine by summarizing my long history with pets and the special relationship I have with my puppy. Here is my first paragraph as an example:


It can be difficult to land a pet-job without references, so Rover requires that you request testimonials from at least three friends. The app allows you to send them a request via email, so be sure to mention it to them before plugging in their information.

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