Benefits and Disadvantages of Being a Rover.com Sitter
1. Easy to Start Making Money Immediately- as long as you spend a few hours making your profile look nice and inviting, showing people your house and backyard, and put up a happy picture of yourself, you should get your first business relatively quickly 2. Support from Rover- Rover offers 24-7 emergency vet care for accidents or sickness of animals staying in your custody 3. No Marketing Required- Rover.com has already done all the work of marketing, so you just have to sit back and accept leads they send your way
1. Location is Key- If you live in a small town or a town that is not a destination city, you may not end up getting much business 2. Rover.com is dishonest- Rover.com can and will drop your profile from their search results to the very bottom if you get negative feedback from a customer. Also, Rover.com masquerades as a nice company, but they have attempted to change your local government’s laws regarding dog sitting to benefit their bottom line. 3. All or Nothing- Rover.com does not want you taking on any business aside from Rover.com, so in other words they want you solely reliant upon them for getting customers, and will often monitor your communications with customers to ensure you’re not getting their business off the Rover radar. One day you could be getting lots of business, and the next, it all disappears. I know sitters on Rover to whom this has happened.
1. Logistics- using their app or website makes locating a dog sitter while traveling possible
2. Cheap- a 1-night stay for your dog can range from $20 – $50
3. Customer friendly- website and app are simple enough, and you can obtain insightful information about the various dog sitters on their site profiles as if you were just using facebook
1. Lack of Transparency- Rover.com can censor your negative comments about bad experiences with sitters, in order to protect their bottom line profits
2. Hit or miss- you never know how your Rover sitter will treat the dog or you as a customer
3. Safety concerns- because Rover uses inexperienced dog sitters, there’s no telling what could happen, if the sitter will be home supervising, if they will even feed and water the dog properly, or take on too many dogs thus creating a safety issue
Rover.com is a “trusted community” (opinions on this do vary) where dog parents can connect with loving and trustworthy dog lovers.
It’s much like Uber, in that you can sign up to sit someone’s dogs for them and make anywhere from around $20 – 50 a night per dog. Or as a consumer, you can find a dog sitter just about anywhere while you’re travelling or even in your own zip code. Just search using their website or app.
Dog sitting fees are listed up-front for potential customers as well as the services offered along with the kind of animals the pet sitter is comfortable with. This rover.com review will hopefully walk you through everything you needed to know about the platform.
What services does Rover.com offer?
Rover.com offers a host of services including dog hosting, dog sitting, and dog walking. While dog boarding is the main service they offer, they also offer pet care for other animals like cats and birds. Plus, Rover has a 24-hour vet service, so a certified veterinarian is always a phone call away if your pet falls sick while you are away, or if you are the sitter wondering how to handle a bad situation with a sick or injured animal.
The company also has a mobile app which makes it easier but not necessarily always easy to find a sitter on the go, while traveling. The app makes communication between sitters and pet parents easy and great for travelers who just arrived in town and need to unload Fido before checking into a hotel.
Can you make money sitting dogs from home?
A short answer to this question is, yes. Dog sitting is one of the easiest ways to make extra money from home. If you have been wondering where to get dog-sitting jobs, Rover.com is your best option for starting. As a sitter booking through Rover, you are an independent contractor, meaning you decide whether or not you wish to sit dogs part-time, full-time, provide doggy daycare, overnight and you set your daily rate. Also, as an independent contractor, you’re entitled to tax exemption for dog boarding in your house.
However, to be on the safe side and maximize you earnings, you will also likely want to get business outside of Rover.com and not become completely dependent upon them in the event that you get a bad review and they decide to move you down the list of available sitters. I know people that this has happened to, and I explain all about how to overcome this challenge in my downloadable e guide Move Over, Rover! a Guide to Successfully Starting a Dog Based Home Business
Pros and Cons of Rover.com
The pros of Rover.com are mainly that for sitters they will help you find your initial business sitting dogs for people. You’re essentially getting the benefit of all marketing they have done, since maybe right now you don’t know how to get more business on your own. For consumers the mobile app makes it possible to find sitters on the go without the lengthy check-in and interview process of a standard brick-and-mortar doggy daycare or boarding facility.
The cons are too many to name. For sitters, you are going to discover real fast what kind of fascistic organization you are dealing with. Did you get a client through Rover.com and all of a sudden they texted you on your personal phone number asking for a sitter? If somehow Rover.com finds out about it, you getting a gig that they don’t receive a % of from an initial Rover.com customer lead, then in the words of the Big T, “YOU’RE FIRED”.
They are like the Gestapo monitoring your messages with clients. As a consumer using Rover.com it gets really old, fast, always hearing the sitters talk fearfully of Rover and start asking you to speak in a certain way in messages too.
Rover.com threatened to sue me. Their lawyer contacted me last year and demanded to see all records regarding the sale of my guide “Mover Over, Rover!”. They even tried to get me to talk in a certain way and repeat things like “I won’t use your logo on my guide” after I took the logo down.
Talk about a bunch of control freaks. But it does not stop there, not in the least.
Rover.com is also very active in your local community government. Rover.com lawyers are known to attend even the smallest levels of your local government to attempt to write laws that would make pre existing independent dog sitters in your local neighborhood, illegal.
They also attempt to shut down any independent dog sitter operating with more than 3 dogs at a time, regardless of how big your property is.
Because they are slimy lawyer douche bags.
This is so they can have a monopoly on the dog sitting game. And they don’t really care about their customer service or that of their sitters, because many of their sitters will contact Rover.com support to have them remove negative reviews, and Rover.com does just that to make sure their profits do not get harmed.
So Rover.com does not want to let consumers or sitters speak freely, and they are very quick to send their lawyers after you or your local small government to attempt to eliminate all the current neighborhood dog sitters.
They don’t want you to have your own leads or business apart from them, but if you get a few complaints, should any negative drama arise from the occasional bad dog sitting experience, you could be moved to the very bottom of the list, and your business could dry up overnight.
How much can you make per day?
The amount of money you can make dog boarding with rover.com is dependent on the number of days you are available, how often you sit and the kind of dogs you sit. Realize that dogs with medical issues usually command a higher rate. If you are an enthusiastic sitter, making $1000 per month is entirely possible. That’s a lot of money towards buying a new car, saving for a big purchase or saving for your next holiday. Set your rates and you sit as much or as little as you want so it’s up to you.
According to research, more than 43 million homes own pets in the US. Those households are not with their pets 24/7 though. Rover.com makes it easier for these households to find pet sitters to take care of their dogs while they are away, as well as create a substantial supplemental or full-time income leveraging their house and yard.