Pet sitting is a great job for animal lovers. It can grow from small beginnings to whatever you want it to be, such as a doggie daycare or home boarding if you want to shift your focus away from dog walking. However, one of the downsides of pet sitting is dealing with occasional difficulties with clients, such as those who do not pay on time. Should you chase late paying clients?
You Owe it to Yourself!
Some pet sitters are timid by nature and have set up their pet sitting business because they do not mind having minimal human contact throughout their workday. Some actually prefer the company of animals. As such, whenever there is a problem or an issue with a client, such as a late paying client, it can be hard for them to speak up and ask for what they are owed.
However, if you have a late paying client to deal with, you owe it to yourself to settle the matter quickly. Do not wait until a week or more has passed before bringing up the matter. Aim to do so the same day that payment was due. Send a polite email, text or leave a note. Dealing with the matter promptly will jog your client’s memory and also make it less likely to happen again in future. You will also be able to continue caring for the client’s pets without any lingering feelings of resentment.
Do You Want to Work for Free?
When you first set up your pet sitting business you likely had plans you envisioned putting into practice. One of those plans was not working for free! Many clients who do not pay on time have a very good reason for failing to do so and will not make a habit out of it. They will feel embarrassed and want to make amends quickly.
Unfortunately, some clients will take advantage of their pet sitter’s good nature and generosity by habitually paying late for pet sitting services, citing flimsy excuses and making their pet sitter wait for days, sometimes even weeks, before they settle up.
Enough is Enough!
If you work for habitually late paying clients, you may be wondering whether you should carry on. It is understandable to want to keep as many clients on the books as possible. But if you are constantly being paid in arrears, rather than for what you are currently due, this can lead to tension and uneasiness in your relationship with clients.
Some clients have no choice but to let a client go. Before you do so, make sure you try to resolve the situation in an amicable manner. Do not accept any further bookings and insist on payment by a certain date. Once the money has been paid, you will be able to decide if you will continue to work for such clients or if you will let them go. If you let them go, do not part on frosty terms. Remember that bad news can spread like wildfire, even if you were not the one in the wrong.
Pet sitters are running a business, which is why they deserve to be paid on time every time. While many clients do not make a habit of paying for services late, some do, which can make your job as a pet sitter that much harder.
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