A pet sitter who is good at what they do will put pets and their owners at ease. But it can take time to feel confident and sure of yourself. How can you build confidence as a pet sitter?
You Are Never “Just” a Pet Sitter
Some pet sitters have no real pride in what they do, or else they have allowed themselves to be influenced by friends and family who refer to them as “just” a pet sitter. Such belittlement can have a negative impact on a pet sitter. Do not allow anyone to make you feel as if you are in a demeaning job.
Look at the positive aspects of your job, the joy you bring to a pet’s life and the confidence that clients place in you as you care for their beloved pet. That kind of trust and confidence is priceless and should serve to remind you that you are more than “just” a pet sitter. You are a highly valued individual.
Build Confidence in Your Growing Abilities
It is difficult to feel confident as a pet sitter when you do not have much faith in your abilities. If you feel that way, how can you expect prospective clients to put faith in you? As a pet sitter, you must make every effort to come across as an authority in your field. Of course, you will not have all the answers right away. But you will learn.
Even if you are new to the business, you should focus on your strengths, rather than your weaknesses. Do you have experience as a pet foster carer? Have you raised your own cats and dogs? If so, build on personal experiences with pets and strive to continue learning and improving as you go on.
Refer to Satisfied Clients
A good way to build confidence as a pet sitter is to refer new clients to satisfied clients. Let written or verbal testimonials speak for you when you are feeling inadequate. Many pet sitters are surprised to learn about some of the wonderful things clients have to say about them. Rather than feel bashful about such testimonials view them in the proper light, as a reflection of your hard work and dedication.
Building confidence as a pet sitter is not always easy. Some pet sitters lack faith and confidence in their abilities, especially when they are first starting out. It is natural to feel inadequate at times. But it is also important to not allow such feelings overwhelm you. Remember, you are not “just” a pet sitter. You provide a very valuable, worthwhile service for pets and clients alike.
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