If you love animals here is a wonderful opportunity for you! It requires little cash investment to start up the business, has some awesome perks, and can be a very viable home based business. Best of all no additional schooling or training is necessary. What are you waiting for? Let's get started right now! If you want to start with zero down, start with your friend and family base. Who do you know with a cat or a dog or even some fish? Let them know you are starting a pet sitting business and that you are available if they go out of town. Be professional and upfront. Ask them to mention it to all of their friends. If you can't get any takers offer to walk their dog on a scheduled basis. At this point it's not so important if they pay you, it's more about establishing a resume. Pet sitting is very personal. If people can't trust you, you won't get the gigs. Show up on time and appropriately dressed. You don't want to look like you are going to a party and you don't want to look like you are on the way to the dump. Ask the owner anything you need to know about the animal. Don't be a know it all, pay attention. People are very particular about their pets. Take notes, written notes. You may think you don't need them but eventually you will. Remember this is an entrepreneurship endeavor, treat it like one. With your first paying gig get some cards made up with your name, address, phone number and email address. If you have a cell phone use that number. It's important that you don't let messages sit waiting on a land line, call back right away. Better yet answer the phone where ever you, be available. Consider offering a discount for multi pets in the same home, or returning customers. You can increase your business if you are trustworthy by offering to stay in the person's home. Even if they don't want you to do that, be sure and explain you will spend time with the animal, not just run in and out dumping off food. Explain all the benefits your service has to offer over rival services. Once you have established a "resume'" its time to print flyers! Be sure and put "excellent references available on request!" Somewhere on the flyer. Tell whomever you are using as a reference that they may get calls. Don't use any of your flakey friends who think it might be funny to say something bad. Use people who are employed, articulate and wish you well. They will reflect on you. The more animals you are comfortable the wider your client base. If you've never taken care of a bird or a reptile before, offer to learn. Once again, take careful notes, this will impress the owner hopefully enough to give you your first chance. Once you HAVE experience you can say you have experience, not before! Don't take on more than you can handle and do well. One bad reference in a small town can be the kiss of death to your little home based business. Do it well and enjoy!