With Professional Pet Sitters Week upon us (March 4 - 10), and pet parents continuing to flock to pet sitter services, you may be wondering: should I become a pet sitter?

It’s no secret that the gig economy has grown over recent years, and we could all use a little extra cash in our pockets. According to Intuit, the rise in the gig economy will continue, with a projected 43% of Americans taking part in a side-hustle by 2020.

So, if you are looking for a side-gig, it becomes a question of what you want to do. Could hanging out with puppies and kittens be your calling? Well, we’ve got some reasons why you should think about adding “Professional Pet Sitter” to your resume in 2019.

You Love Animals

Now, we’ll make a quick assumption here: you’re on a pet-related website, so you either have, want, or just love the idea of pets. Well, if you can’t get enough of meeting new dogs or cats, pet sitting is perfect. It’s like you’re a part-time pet parent! You still get all the perks of having a furry member of the family, even if you can’t commit to having your own pet just yet. Give all the belly rubs and head scratches you desire, meet all types of breeds of dogs and cats, and embrace the fun that comes along with having a furry friend.

Flexible Work Schedule

Furball-watch isn’t likely to be your full-time gig, and would likely be something you use to supplement your income. The beauty of pet-sitting is that it isn’t a 9-to-5 gig. People need evening sitters, weekend sitters, holiday sitters and drop-ins more than anything else, and with apps like Rover.com, it’s easy to build your pet-sitting side-hustle around your job, and your life.

Make Extra Money

This is the obvious one. Money was deemed the single biggest stressor by Americans in 2018. So, adding a low-stress secondary income can take a huge weight off our shoulders, and looking after adorable pets is an added bonus. For example, TheSimpleDollar found that people who pet-sit through Rover.com on a part time schedule averaged roughly $1,000/month in income. Peak travel times like Spring Break and summer vacations are especially lucrative and the demand for pet sitters is sure to be in high.

So, if you’re looking for a good way to bring in some extra cash while getting some face time with the cutest dogs and cats in your city, then it may be time to join the pet-sitter gig economy, and turn Professional Pet Sitters Week into a holiday of your own.

Visit Rover to learn more and start your pet sitting side hustle now!