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Side hustle doing standard and luxury house sitting for money
House sitting can be done as a side hustle to earn extra income. But, also full time/frequent travelers who want to stay rent free in a destination will often house sit.
Who needs housesitting services? Often people who travel a lot, owners of multiple homes and pet owners host house sitters.
There are many platforms matching house sitters with home owners who need a person at their home when they’re absent.
You need to set up a profile in the online platforms of your choice and be available to house sit. You also need to specify if you’re looking to get paid in cash or if you’re bartering your service for free lodging.
Some of the tasks a house sitter may have to do include; picking up mail and newspapers, cleaning, watering the lawn, turning the lights on and off, pet sitting and taking the trash out.
If you’re looking for paid housesitting jobs, luxury housesitting, house sitting for free rent (lodging), long term or Summer housesitting opportunities, this post has some helpful tips.
The pay for housesitting varies greatly between $10 per hour for standard sitting to $60,000 per year for luxury house sitting.
For the people exchanging sitting services for free rent the value is not in the cash, but in the free lodging and location.
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Tips for Finding Housesitting Jobs
- It’s important to set up a clear profile on housesitting platforms. Use a picture, tell a bit about yourself and qualifications, your interest in housesitting.
- If you have pet caring experience, write it down.
- Home owners will be entrusting their property and belongings to you, so trust worthiness is important.
- Update your profile often to reflect new experiences.
- Be friendly and respectful in your messages with home owners.
- Include the services you provide such as pet sitting in your profile.
How to Find Paid Housesitting Jobs?
Here are some of the platforms where you can create a profile for house sitting jobs. You need to pay an annual fee to register for any of the housesitting sites.
The membership fees varies by platform, however you should not be paying more than $40 per year.
Some housesitting jobs pay you by the hour, by the night or by the day, other jobs do not pay in money. Read the listing from the host for applicable information.
Although it’s true that you can get a paid housesitting jobs, some people often look for these to vacation in a destination or to live rent free for a while and save money.
Mind My house is a global housesitting matching service. You can find sitting jobs in the United States, Europe and Australia.
The annual membership fee is $20, which is cheaper than most housesitting platforms.
Browsing thru the housesitting listing, most opportunities are for rent or lodging free.
The CareTaker Gazzette
This is a newsletter at Caretaker.org offering matching services for house sitters and home owners.
The service is a listing of care taking and sitting opportunities.
The membership fee is $29.95 per year.
The newsletter has many housesitting opportunities for paid and for free lodging/rent.
This platform has many housesitting opportunities in desirable locations in different countries. It connects house sitters with homeowners in the US and Europe.
The membership fee on Luxury Housesitting is $25 per year.
You can find paid housesitting jobs and rent/lodging free opportunities. Also, some people list house swaps availabilities here.
AirBnB Housesitting Jobs
Many people wonder if it’s possible to find housesitting opportunities via AirBnB. It is possible to house sit using AirBnB, however this is not a service run by the company.
Basically, you’ll have to explore and ask in the AirBnB’s Community Forums about possible housesitting gigs. In the forums, you can contact local hosts who can give you details about any opportunities in the area.
Nomador is a very active housesitting platform for full time sitters. The company has been around since 2001 and it offers services in the US, Canada and Europe.
This platform also offer stand alone pet sitting services.
Nomador provides a mobile app for people who have already registered with the site and an active community forum.
Summer housesitting jobs, weekends housesitting or one night sitting are all available at House Sitter.com.
This platform is more focused on paying sitting gigs and less on free rent/lodging. It works like a listing services, matching house and pet sitters with home owners.
You can create a free profile on this platform.
Job boards like Zip Recruiters and House Sitters America list jobs with pay.
You can do a search for sitter jobs on these boards.
House sitting services started out as a way to get free lodging or rent for a period of time. However, these jobs have grown to include opportunities with pay.
Wether you’re looking to stay for free lodging or for actual pay, you’ll need to join one or more house sitting platforms.
The above platforms are all established house sitting services. However, be mindful of illegitimate and scam companies posing as housesitting services.