How we charge our pet sitter rates
Pet sitter rates are a little different than what you are used to with a dog kennel or other boarding facility. Little Sweethearts Pet Sitting pet sitter rates are not based on how big your pets are, or how many full days you will be gone. Our pet sitting rates are based on how many visits we make to your home, and how many pets you have.
What services are offered with this pet sitter rate?
Accordingly, all love and care (feeding, fresh water, walking, litter box maintenance). Each visit is at least half-an-hour or longer.
$19 each visit for one pet
– plus $1 for each additional pet
Example of our pet sitting rates in real life
Say you have two dogs and one cat. The rate for each visit to your home would cost twenty one dollars ($21).
In addition to the usual pet sitter rates, holiday rates apply to the following days: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
How do we determine our pet sitter rate?
Of course, if you are new to the concept of paying for a professional to care for your pets, it can be hard to understand why we charge this rate. There are a few factors that come into play.
Pet sitters make themselves available virtually year around. Most pet sitters make the bulk of their income during the summer months and during the holidays. We work when everyone else is not. Pet sitters work every weekend, without fail.
In Frisco, Texas – we have to drive to all of our clients homes. The IRS calculates it costs (fifty three point five cents) $.535 for each mile we drive. If you live 8 miles from our home, it costs us $8.56 each round trip. In any case, our cost of driving only helps us pay for insurance, upkeep and gasoline. It does not cover the cost of the vehicle itself.
In addition to, we also have to pay other expenses such as:
- specialized software
- computer and smartphone equipment
- bank fees
- liability insurance
- attorney and accountant fees
- website maintenance and advertising
Then after all our expenses are paid, we get to pay our lovely income tax! That is about 20%. Unlike working for an employer, being self-employed – we are responsible for all income taxes.