Online part time job idea 25: Become a pet sitter with a webcam

When it comes to part time stay-at-home jobs that are actually fun, being a pet sitter may actually be at the top of the list. Dogs and cats can be great stress relievers, and there is certainly something intriguing about being paid to play and cuddle with a fun-loving fur-ball. But how exactly can this be qualified as an “online” job? Easy: set up a webcam and give your clients access to log in and watch their pets from wherever they may be.

A webcam-based pet sitting service will give you a huge advantage over your competitors, as pet owners will be more comfortable hiring you knowing that they can check in on their pet 24 hours a day. Wouldn’t you like to have this kind of access to your own pets while you are away at work or on vacation?

Setting up a web cam that runs 24 hours a day is very easy. High quality cameras can be purchased from your local electronics store (or amazon.com) for less than $50US, and most include the software necessary to set it up for streaming video. Even if installing that software yourself sounds too intimidating, most anyone with a bit of computer knowledge (your teenager, nephews and nieces, brother in law, etc) could set it up for you – it’s not rocket science.

Prerequisites:
First of all, you need to have a love of animals and the patience to put up with the downsides (like picking up poo). You also need an available room to set up the web cam, which is ideally separate from your main living area. After all, your personal privacy is a concern when running a web cam service like this.

Start up costs:
You can get started for less than $50US assuming you have a reliable internet connection and a computer that can run 24 hours a day. If you don’t have either of the latter, your start up costs will naturally be higher. You can advertise on social media, which is completely free.

Potential earnings:
Completely unlimited, and is dependent on the amount of clients you are willing to take on at once. You should note, however, that you have justification to charge a higher fee than other traditional pet sitters due to the fact that you will allow your clients to check in on their pets via the web at any time.

The internet is changing the way we do business, and this otherwise “traditional” part time job can easily be converted to an online venture with the simple addition of an internet connection and a camera. So go ahead – pet sitting is always in demand, so there’s no excuse not to get started if you are looking to get paid for having fun.

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