Tools of the Trade
No matter where you are in your dog walking & pet sitting biz, there are amazing tools that can save you dozens of hours per week, automate client acquisition/retention and save you thousands of dollars on pricey freelancers.
My commitment to you is that I will always go first. I continually explore what’s needed to build a dog walking (pet sitting) business. I experiment with what works and what doesn’t and then report back to you what you need to create a profitable business you absolutely love.
A few of these links are affiliate links, which means I may get a commission if you purchase. However, none of the fees of these resources have been increased to compensate me. In fact, many of the creators of these tools have given me special discounts that I get to extend to you! You’ll see all the special deals below.
There are many dog walking/pet sitting softwares out there and they keep constantly evolving as new features are added. I test drove several providers until I decided on this one. The support is second to none, with constant updates, offering a very affordable way to do business the professional way.
Pet Sitters Associate not only offers great and super affordable insurance coverage, but has also an easy to navigate online application and membership system. For an additional fee, you have the option to add things like bonding, house sitting insurance, boarding insurance, dog obedience training insurance and so on. After you have paid for your insurance and possible add-ons, you can print your coverage certificate right away.
ProPetHero, with their online training, makes it effortless to become Cat & Dog First Aid and CPR certified. And not just for you as the owner, but also for your staff, which is a must for any professional dog walking/pet sitting company.
A vet is personally walking you through the entire training, giving you step-by-step instruction through video on how to treat a pet in an emergency and what symptoms to look out for.
Use my exclusive code: “CPR-dogwalktowealth” when checking out and receive 10% off.
GoDaddy offers cheap domain names with an easy to navigate user interface system and that’s really all you need.
Just be careful when checking out, as some add-on options (which you most likely won’t need) are automatically selected – but they can be easily de-selected and then you will end up with an amazing low price at the end.
What I especially love is, that GoDaddy sends out promos giving you $100 of complimentary Google AdWords credit, if you spend $25.
All of my websites are hosted on SiteGround.
Because they make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation.You can use your SiteGround account to host multiple domains so there’s no need to pay more for hosting should you want to start another website. Also, they provide outstanding customer service!
Wearing embroidered shirts is an important part of our brand identity, especially when employing staff. Logo Up provides great quality shirts, sweaters, baseball hats, bags, etc for a fair price and has never disappointed me with the quality of their products. Bonus: If you order through my referral link you will get a $25 coupon on your next order and I will get one too 🙂
Canva is the ultimate design tool for us non-designers. The free version gives you access to pretty much everything you need and it’s very user-friendly.
With Canva you can create shareable social media images and cover photos in no time, helping you to build a memorable brand.
I discovered Lumen5 only recently and was blown away by it’s easy usability, beautiful results and its price: free. It was originally created to automatically analyze the content of your blog post and turn into a beautiful video, but you can use it to create videos from scratch with your own text, pictures or stock images underlined with various musical options.
As a beginner, most of us start off on a tight budget. That’s where Fiverr comes in.
Here you can get a logo within a few days for as low as $5, which will save you time and money. This crowdsourcing tool can also help you to find the right person to design anything from business cards to your website.
Gusto has been a life saver since I have started to hire employees.
From onboarding staff, paying employees, withholding employees taxes, to filing quarterly and yearly employer taxes – Gusto is probably my favorite tool of them all and comes with a super reasonable price tag.
And since you are appreciated you will get a $200 Amazon Gift Card and I will do so to if you use my link – win/win!