1. Low startup and overhead costs – To start a house sitting business, you don’t need to invest in a lot of equipment or office space. All that is needed is advertising materials such as business cards and flyers, a computer, internet access, and some basic supplies.
2. Flexible working hours – House sitting services can be provided at any time of the day, or night. This is particularly attractive to those who have limited availability due to another job or family commitments.
3. Access to potential new customers – As a house sitter, you will be exposed to potential new customers in the neighborhood, or even from friends or family of those clients you are currently working for. This could potentially lead to more business down the road.
4. Opportunity to travel – If you are willing to travel for your house sitting jobs, this is a great opportunity to explore different parts of the country and meet new people.
1. Lack of stability – Without a contract or long-term commitment from a client, house sitting jobs may be feast or famine depending on the season and location.
2. Liability issues – You have to take into consideration potential liability issues if something happens while you are house sitting such as a break-in or pet emergency.
3. Unpredictable income – Since house sitting jobs are usually short term, it can be difficult to accurately predict how much money you will make each month.
4. Lack of support – As a business owner, you may not have access to the same level of support (e.g. legal, tax advice) that a larger organization would provide.
5. Unfamiliarity with the area – If you are traveling and house sitting in an unfamiliar location, it can be difficult to learn your way around quickly and feel comfortable with the new surroundings.