Over the coming months, I will be gathering together my experiences from my first few housesitting assignments and collating them into a housesitting guide for those who are just starting out on their own housesitting adventure.
Profession Not Pastime
Housesitting is a profession – or at least it should be considered as such by those contemplating taking up the lifestyle. It is not simply a case of travelling the world living for free in other people’s houses. Rather, it is offering a service – and peace of mind – to home and pet owners so that they can travel away from home without having to worry about what’s going on in their absence.
As such a housesitter has to equip themselves with a wide range of skills – from the ability to care for a wide variety of pets to good communication skills.
Making a Living
For those who choose housesitting as a full time way of life, and who have not yet retired from work, there is also the need to make a living along the way. While some people charge for their housesitting services, the generally accepted arrangement is that there is no charge for the service and in return no charge for staying in the client’s home.
Help Along The Way
While my housesitting guide is being developed, I’ll be blogging tips and advice as they occur to me. It would be really useful to understand what aspects of housesitting my readers find the most stressful – whether it’s those yet to undertake their first assignment or more experienced housesitters who are finding problems along the way or not getting as much enjoyment as they’d hoped from their housesitting life.
If you are keen to learn more about how to get started as a housesitter, how to stand out from the crowd on the housesitting listings sites and how to become a sought after housesitter, whether on a full time or part time basis, I strongly recommend you take a look at The Housesitting Academy. Established in 2014 by fulltime housesitters, Nat & Jodie, the academy covers many aspects of what you need to know – from your own mindset to the practicalities of a travel lifestyle.
If you’d like to suggest a topic for a blog post, would like some help solving a problem – or indeed have a tip you’d like to share in a guest blog post, please use the form below to get in touch.