What’s better than being able to earn some nice side income and hang out with pups? Enter the dog walking gig economy!
There are a lot of new services popping up that allow you to either dog-sit or take dogs on walks. The two that we will focus on in this article are WAG! and Rover. Here are links to each site so you can check them out yourself –
WAG! has a primary focus on dog walking and with Rover, you are able to do dog sitting, walking, or just drop in visits.
How Do I Sign Up To Work at One Of These?
The sign-up process for both websites is quite simple, you just need to make an account and choose what type of work you want to do (if you’re signing up at Rover). However, depending on the jobs you do the application process can be a bit different. For example, if you want to be a dog sitter at Rover you will need to submit an application, along with references (if you have them) and they will decide if you are approved. After this is done you will need to set up a profile along with information on where the pet will be staying, the types of pets you want to take care of, and your rates.
With WAG! you will have to pay a $25 fee to have a background check done on you before you are able to begin dog walking.
How Much Can You Expect to Make?
With Rover, you can expect to make around $1,000/month if you are doing it part-time, but people who do this full time have made upwards of $3,000/month. There are of course a lot of factors that go into this, such as your qualifications, rates, and how many past jobs you’ve done on Rover.
With WAG! you earn $9 for a 20-minute walk, $12 for a 30-minute walk, and $18 for a 60-minute walk, you also get to keep any tips that the customers give and we’ve found that most customers tip!
In conclusion, it seems like using either WAG! or Rover as supplementary income can definitely be a great idea! If you’re able to do multiple walks per day or dog-sit multiple hours per day you are looking at earnings higher than minimum wage, on your time, and you get to hang out with dogs :)!