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My Dog Sitting Business is Taking Off!

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to try dog sitting to make some extra money. It's a perfect fit for me since I love dogs and work from home.

I planned to wait a few months before writing an update. However, I'm going to jump the gun after a few weeks and declare it a success. I initially worried that I wouldn't get business because I had no reviews... and that would lead to getting no reviews since I had no business. In an attempt to steer clear of this, I put my prices below market rates.

I also went the extra mile to make sure that my profile popped. I took pictures of our yard that made it look especially huge. (It really is large though.) I waited to take pictures of our house until after our cleaning service came. I tried to show off pictures of my dog enjoying himself at home.

I don't know which played the biggest role, but the combination worked. It took a couple of weeks for the first request to come in. When it finally came in, a second one came the next day. A week later, I had a third request for that evening while I was sitting another dog. I write this having sat three dogs over a span of 10 days and having 8 more days of dog sitting lined up through the middle of September. Even at my cheap rates, I should take home nearly $400 in a little over a month.

It has some room to expand. I didn't get "up to full speed" until the middle of August when the reviews were in. We are on vacation now, which means losing a week of business.

Now that I've given some of the financial highlights, let's look at some of the low-lights. Maybe it's just luck, but so far the oldest dog we've had is 2. Our own dog is a mellow 6 years old. I don't know if it's just that these dogs are young or if it is the excitement of the new environment. In any case, they are super-charged when they show up. Sometimes they get they so excited they can't control their bladder.

With this business, we need to raise our budget for carpet cleaning supplies. In addition, I've found that these new dogs love my dog's bones and toys. The cost of these aren't really significant compared to the income, but it's not zero.

The biggest difficulty is really the feedings. If one dog is getting food, they all want food. Fortunately, our baby gates serve the purpose of separating dogs too. Unfortunately, it is still difficult to feed 3 dogs and 2 kids under the age of 3, which I had to do recently. It's not impossible and I'll certainly get better with practice... and just maybe a plan or system of some kind.

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Posted on August 25, 2015.

Saving Money on Food While Traveling?

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I don’t like to do back-to-back “Ask the Readers”, but today I’m going to break the (unwritten) rules. Our family is going on road-trip vacation soon. We are hopping from hotel to hotel bringing the kids to Sesame Place, Hershey Park, Crayola World, and the Philadephia children’s museum. We are looking to be frugal on […]

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Posted on August 20, 2015.

Ask The Readers: Investing for Kids?

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A little more than a year ago, I wrote an article about whether or not to invest our babies’ money. The advice was overwhelming. Since they aren’t going to use this money (mostly birthday cash from relatives/friends) for quite some time, it should be invested on their behalf. Unfortunately, I lived down to my Lazy […]

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Posted on August 19, 2015.

Financial Freedom Through Live-In House Flips?

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I love reading articles where people reach financial freedom at an early age. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how Joe Udo is growing a dividend snowball to reach his financial freedom. Today, I bring you the story of Mr. 1500 of 1500 Days. I first met him at last year’s personal finance convention, […]

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Real Estate, Retirement

Posted on August 18, 2015.

Get an ROI in College

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Over the last year, I’ve been collecting little snippets from the web on colleges and getting your money’s worth. I may have collected too much information, because my brain is swirling trying to figure out how to organize it all. Let’s start with student debt Most of this is a summary of the insights I […]

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Posted on August 17, 2015.

Join Pyramid Scheme University Today!

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Robert FitzPatrick from Pyramid Scheme Alert highlighted this video on one of his mailing a few weeks ago. Comedian John Crist has a new business venture that’s sure to be a hit, Pyramid Scheme Univesity. Here’s how it works: I noticed Nerium prominently used throughout the video. The video also referred to essential oils. While […]

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Posted on August 14, 2015.

My New Gig: Dog Sitting…

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When I started this blog many years ago, my goal was to pursue ways that I can better use my resources to secure my financial future. By resources, I mean “time” and “money.” After reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I was focused on trying to create an income aside from my software engineering career that […]

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Posted on August 12, 2015.

Tip: Avoid DraftKings and FanDuel

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I’ve been meaning to write sports gambling “contest” sites for some time. Fortunately an article on DraftKings in The Boston Globe kickstarted my attention. If you don’t know what DraftKings and FanDuel are, you should probably remove the large rock you’ve been living under. Just kidding, I watch a good amount of sports and the […]

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Posted on August 10, 2015.

Jon Stewart on BullSh!t

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Quick post today as I don’t have much time. Plus I’m sure that everyone’s going to be buzzing about Jon Stewart’s farewell last night. For years I haven’t been focused on politics. Instead I focused on what I could control, my own job, finances, love life, etc. That was more than enough to keep me […]

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Posted on August 7, 2015.

Grow That Dividend Snowball!

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I read a great article from Retire By 40 across my reader today. I think you’ll love it as much as I did. I wanted to do a little more than just share it over Twitter where it can slip away. Joe Udo writes about building his dividend snowball. It starts with an explanation of […]

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Posted on August 5, 2015.

 
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