If you’re a part-time blogger like me, there is a good chance you have some extra time on your hands. If you want to occasionally see the sun or spend time with other living creatures, dog-walking could be a fun and lucrative venture.
The great thing about dog walking is that you don’t need much to start your own dog-walking services. Just throw an ad up on Craig’s List or make some flyers. You might need some treats and plastic baggies.
However, if you want to join an established dog walking company, you might need a little bit more. I searched dog walking on Boston Craig’s List and found 78 positions. Some of them required past experience with dogs, access to cars, and a general flexibility in your schedule. Many of them required at least a six month commitment.
Here is the good part. The pay is really good for something you can do in your spare time. Most of the listings on Care.com said they would pay between $10-$20 per hour. A few even had $25 per hour.
Negatives? Well, if you’re not an outdoors person or a dog person, you probably shouldn’t be doing this. It helps to have Pet First Aid. And if you’re in a less-densely populated area, it might not work.
This profession has been around a while though. Check out the New York Times obituary of Jim Buck, who is credited with creating the first professional dog walking service.