A woman has shared how she earns an extra £100 a month with her pet care hustle looking after dogs.
Louisa Clack, 30, joined the Rover dog-sitting group in June 2023 and has so far earned £400 thanks to her four-legged friends.
The PR consultant, from Horsham, said: “I love dogs and spending time with them, so I thought why not earn some money doing something I enjoy and the work is a bit quiet.
“I also like that it keeps me active because my day job is mostly hectic and it can also be a bit lonely.”
She said she really enjoyed working with anxious dogs, helping them build their confidence to go out for walks.
She said: “I’m a dog person through and through! I’ve been around them all my life and I know the best ways to look after them and make them happy.
“I’m a dog owner myself and I use the things I already have for my dog, so I don’t have to buy things I wouldn’t already buy.
“With the money I have saved, I have enjoyed spending it on little treats for myself and my family, such as days out and meals.”
She hopes to continue her pet care hustle and expand it so she can split it between running her business, spending three days on her venture and three days with her tail-wagging clients.
She has received about 10 bookings including two repeat customers. She explained: “Almost every week over the summer I’ve walked a beautiful partially sighted sheepdog, and I’m on my fourth visit this week with a nervous Dalmatian.
“I walk the dogs in various places, often near the owners’ houses, so I am also allowed to explore the local areas – woodlands, parks, gardens, even street walks. My walks are usually an hour long. distance.”
Louisa went into partnership with CashLady.com share their story. Dan Whittaker, personal finance expert at the group, said: “We love Louisa’s story: she’s a great example of how Brits can make a little extra money, while doing something they love.
“Side hustles can be a great way to meet your goals, whether they are financial goals or more personal goals, such as improving a skill, increasing your physical activity levels, or improving your social life and fitness.”
Louisa encouraged anyone thinking of becoming a dog sitter to make sure they have enough experience. She said: “Dogs mean the world to their owners, and they all have their own personalities, so make sure you’re up to the task of the more challenging ones and can handle the responsibility of looking after them.”
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