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Setting Your Pet-Sitting Fees

  
  
  

setting pet-sitting fees

 Last update: March 17, 2015

 

 “What should I charge for my pet-sitting services?”

It’s a question we hear a lot here at Pet Sitters International (PSI).  

To avoid the appearance of price fixing, service providers, such as pet sitters and dog walkers, are prohibited from collectively discussing specific pricing details. (This means it could be illegal for pet sitters to discuss the specific prices they charge in blog comments or even in a private forum or Facebook group). 


Fortunately, PSI included questions on rates and services in its 2014 State of the Industry Survey, which can be shared.

PSI's survey information provides national averages. Keep in mind that pet-sitting rates vary depending upon where you live, so it's a good idea to take a look at what other pet sitters, boarding facilities and doggie daycares in your area charge to get an idea of local pricing.

Also, keep in mind that almost all of the pet sitters completing PSI’s survey maintain pet-sitter liability insurance.

According to the 2014 survey, the average pet-sitting visit lasted 32 minutes and the average fee was $18.67.

To learn the national average for pricing for other common pet-sitting services, including dog walking and overnight sits, download this free resource, "How much should I charge for my pet-sitting services?"

 

PSI members, you can download the complete average pet-sitter pricing report here.


A word about setting your pricing…

Remember, when setting fees, you’ll want to do some calculations to anticipate what your overhead business costs will be. Expenses to consider include:

  • insurance and bonding
  • utilities
  • phone bill
  • printed literature
  • advertising
  • professional membership fees, etc.

To be able to meet these expenses, you will need to factor a flat overhead cost and a margin of profit into each services fee.

“You have to remember all the expenses that go into this professional pet care service you’re
providing. And you have to believe that you’re worth it and be ready to explain to surprised customers that there is more to this business that simply putting out some pet food. Once customers understand the value of your services, price is usually not a deterrent.”

–PSI President Patti Moran

See what fellow pet sitters have to say:

To see how other professional pet sitters set their pet-sitting fees, PSI posed the question in its private Facebook group:

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How did you determine your pet-sitting rates? Feel free to share your feedback in the comments section below,  but remember: mentioning specific rates is NOT allowed.


Comments

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Posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:47 AM by Russ Bowen
article on pricing
Posted @ Monday, October 27, 2014 10:36 PM by Marsha Barnett
I have a full-time job, am a one woman show with my pet sitting business and compare rates of my competition. I'm right in the middle however, I have a regular client ask if I would consider "weekly rates". It's a long drive back and forth at least twice a day. I don't feel I should have to offer any specials as they can check around and find other sitters charging way more than I do for the same service. Thoughts? 
Posted @ Monday, November 10, 2014 9:17 AM by Julie
Thank you all the suggestions for pricing!
Posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:10 PM by Cheryl Chin
I had my first experience (as a relatively new pet sitter)of having to take a sick dog to the vet, with owners consent. However, I was not sure how to charge for the event. I ended up basing it on the time taken, to include travel to and from the vet. Any suggestions?
Posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:04 PM by Theresa Edwards
Hi Theresa! Good question. The free download mentioned in this post provides the national average (time and fee) for pet transportation (which is often to a vet appointment). I think you may find this information helpful! -Beth Stultz, Pet Sitters International
Posted @ Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:13 PM by Beth Stultz
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