Pet sitters often start out slowly and gradually build their business as word gets out, and when advertising starts to attract more clients. However, it is unlikely that you will stick with the same clients you first started out with for the long term. Clients move away, pets die or clients’ circumstances change in some other way, which means they no longer require your services. What can you do when work is slow?
Look Further Afield
If you are limited to working in your own town or city, you could be passing up the opportunity of more work further afield. Try to branch out by considering advertising your pet sitting services further afield. Fuel costs can quickly add up, but those extra expenses can be recouped if you increase your fees for clients who live more than ten miles out.
Calculate the extra fuel expenses and build a price list for clients who may not live in town. In addition to fuel costs, you can also factor in the time it takes you to drive back and forth. Your time is precious, so do not sell yourself short by offering a low hourly rate or cost to clients.
Follow Up with Occasional Clients
It is easy to become despondent when work is slow. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way! While some clients will offer you work on a regular day-to-day basis, others will only require occasional care for their pets while they are gone overnight or for the weekend.
Following up with occasional clients can actually help you to secure more work. An email, text or a quick call to see how pets are getting along will always be appreciated. Some clients are only too happy to offer you more work if you ask them. What do you have to lose?
Take a Well Earned Break
When work is slow, you may not be thinking of taking a couple of days off to rest and recharge your batteries. However, getting away for a while can help to rejuvenate you and get you back on track for when the holiday rush comes upon you or half a dozen new clients contact you, wanting to hire your pet sitting services.
You do not have to book a luxurious cruise or plan a back packing trip across South America. Even a staycation, spent at home, with the phones switched off and the children over at their grandparents’ home can help you to relax and unwind.
Running a pet sitting business can be daunting at the best of times, especially when work is slow. However, rather than taking things too much to heart and losing sleep, take matters into your own hands to improve the situation. Cast your net further afield to secure more work, follow up with occasional clients, or take a well earned break.
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