Dog Walker: Believe it or not, some people are too busy to walk their own dogs, so they get that done for them at a cost of $20 to $30 for a 30 minute walk. Many dog owners have full-time jobs, and want their dog walked two or three times a day and they can’t do it all. Some dog walkers make $15 to $20 an hour working for a dog walking service, while others get their own clients and handle four or more dogs at a time to make over $100 per hour. This gig can usually be done weekday mornings, lunchtime or in the evening. An organized dog walker can make $500 per week with just one hour per day.
Who Does This? This gig fits people who can commit an hour a day, mornings or evenings, like a waitress/waiter. Best for people who like dogs and are willing to get outside an hour a day, rain or shine. The opportunity is better in bigger cities and affluent suburbs.
How to Start? Do some online research and reading to see how this works in the area where you live or work. Ideas to get clients include meeting with dog owners and other dog walkers, attending local dog events, posting old-fashioned paper fliers in your area, and using websites like Yelp and Craigslist to offer your services. You can also connect with services like Wag! to get started quickly and see how this works for you.
How Much Work? This can be flexible, based on the time you can commit. An hour per day can be sufficient, perhaps every weekday or less. You may also want to do mornings and evenings, if your schedule allows. The key is to be reliable for your clients and efficient with your time. Avoid taking on clients in very different locations. Try not to waste time on travel, putting you at risk of being late and unreliable.
The Numbers: The upfront cost to start this income hobby is minimal. Best to get your own reliable dog leashes that are easy and comfortable to hold. You probably also want to get your own bags and gloves to handle the dirty work. People who work for a dog walking service to keep it simple can make $15 to $20 an hour, and people who get their own clients can make $100 an hour, $500 doing five hours a week, making over $20,000 more income each year!
Is it Worth It? People who like dogs and the outdoors may love the work and the extra income.