Membership & Pet Sitting Startup Kit
keep everything simple for us to
manage on a small budget, and affordable for you to join, PUPS offers
two simple pet sitter association membership options with no
option includes everything listed on this page through online access
option is a Basic Membership
PLUS a mailed CD containing another copy of the online Library files
(forms, templates, etc) for faster file access (no waiting
items to download). The cost is $29.94
the fee you pay is a one-time
fee for lifetime membership *.
accept Credit Card / Paypal, Check, or Money Order. Other payment
options may also be
do apply. See Payment Options page for details.
how to start a pet sitting business
today, and gain great new dog walking, pet sitting, poop scooping,
& pet taxi clients now!!!
Membership Fee includes ALL of the following!
business listing on the www.petsits.com
"Find A Sitter"
to our Forums &
email forwarding alias of your
Consultation or Form
Customization / Logo insertion.
of the Guides, Forms, and items
membership also includes all these professional pet sitting / dog
walking business start-up items & more!
Customizable Pet Sitting / Dog Walking / Pet Care Business Forms
Estimating, and Scheduling Tool Workbooks
Sitting Information -
Marketing, Website, Startup, and other Guides with the answers you've
been looking for!
of 150+ Pet Service Directory
listing sites (most listings free!), and other money saving pet supply
Recipes-Share with clients, or
add Pet Bakery Items to your business!
web-ready SERVICE REQUEST
cgi/html document. Customize, Upload to your web host, and get full
requests via email!!!!
CD Membership: $34.93
Sitter & Dog
Walker Business Listing and Online Services
Membership includes a listing in the PetSits.Com
Find A Pet Sitter
directory. It often costs $35-$120 or more to list yourself
other directory services, and that cost is yearly.
membership includes a listing at PUPS, and currently listings in the
Find A Pet Sitter directory do not
have an annual renewal fee
either (they stay up indefinitely, or until you ask for them to be
removed). We do reserve the right to add a small renewal fee
everyone in the future if we someday see a need. However we
no plans to do that, and have continued to provide free renewals for
over 5 years. Your original membership covers a minimum of
Membership also includes an email forwarding alias of your choice, as
long as no one else has already chosen the same alias. The
will forward all email sent to it to any email address you
choose. So if you have a goofy email box, named something
you can set up a forwarder, such as "HomeSweetHome@petsits.com"
and give that to your clients to use. All your email will be
forwarded to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
for you. If you ever change your email box (for example, you
longer use Road Runner as your internet service), you can request your
forwarder be changed to point at your new address. Your
will never know there was a change! Note: As of January 2010
no longer recommend using forwarders for your business because the SPF
checking used by some major
email hosts. However, we are
still happy to offer them!
Membership to our group includes membership to the very busy message
board community, with over
6500 other members (as of June
2010). Here we post our latest tips, new research, and
pet sitter questions. You'll find information on your forms,
marketing practices, pricing tips and more. You are also
to post options, questions, suggestions for the purchased items, and
more. This is a great group of friendly pet
can post your questions, and we as well as members of the group will
answer with experience, research, and opinions.
purchase also includes a free
consultation and ongoing support - just ask a list of pet sitting / dog
walking related questions on the message board and we will answer them
with the information we've gathered from reading hundreds of pet sitter
message board posts, personal experience, books, and from talking with
experienced sitters at pet sitter group meetings.
use your time to have us make a
modification to a couple of forms for you (or to help you learn how to
do it) - perfect if you just can't get your logo to fit in the space
allotted and don't know how to resize it! Your consultation
available for up to 1 year after your purchase - so use it whenever you
need it most. Consultation includes up to 30 minutes worth of our
professional's time. General form & product questions, of
will be answered at any time outside of this consultation also. We
truly aim to please, and have made many new forms & extensive
modifications per user requests for no extra charge. Your input helps
us make our items better for all users.
Startup Kit Information
(also included with membership)
Professional Pet Sitter Start-Up kit was
put together by the Young family, the founder of Professional United
Pet Sitters LLC. We are professional Pet Sitters and
Walkers who started and owns a professional pet sitting business. In
our first year, we created all our own advertising and business forms
based on other forms used by sitters nationwide. Our first year of
business, we did not lose a single new lead to the competition after an
initial consultation. At our first local pet sitter meeting, we were
shocked to learn that other newbies in the area (4) averaged 8 total
clients, while we had approximately 78. It sounds ridiculous but we had over 9x
clients - and all
good, prompt paying customers!
is the key to this type of success? We put
hundreds of hours into making and continuously updating custom professional
looking forms, advertising, and business strategies. Having very
detailed, but compact forms helps lead us through initial interviews
with confidence and effectively used time. These forms also make actual
pet sits go smoothly, and help us avoid any problems with communication
or missed details. Even though we are both shy people, confidence and
completeness have been the #1 sellers of our service. Most clients
comment on their surprise at all the things they wouldn't have thought
about, and how impressed they are at the detail in our forms. By the
time we pack up to leave initial interviews, clients feel that they
really do not have worry while they are away from home.
now offering this membership for sale
at a low price because we want every pet sitter to be
able to afford to be properly equipped do the best job possible, without having to reinvent the wheel. Customers must know we are
professionals, and that we can't be compared to hiring the teenager
down the street. The better our industry functions and looks,
more people will seek out pet sitting businesses - increasing business
for everyone (including us!). Professional forms are the #1
to this professionalism. And saving the time creating your own forms to
instead care for your clients is a priceless advantage over other
don't offer any "additional items" or
"additional services" or "additional information" for sale for an extra fee
once you sign up (except some t-shirts and other similar items available
through Zazzle & Printfection).
membership purchase includes
well over 50 different items, many of which are described
There are 2 or more different versions of many documents, so that you
can pick the one that fits your business best to get pet sitting right
Consultation / Meet & Greet Forms
- click on underlined items to preview the design
are your most important items when used in conjunction with the Ongoing
Service Forms below. They are built to be concise, flowing,
detailed. Your clients will love
not having to fill out
the same information on multiple sheets like they often do with other
services. You will love being easily guided through initial
interviews by the format of these items. If you put these
together in one big file, you'll be ready to print a last minute new
client consultation pack in one easy step!
Completed during the initial consultation. Includes personal contact
information, as well as emergency contacts. 1 page, print on back side
of Home Guide to save paper. 3 formats included: HTML, Word, and Excel.
alternative to using the Contact Information form. Formatted
printing on 5 X 8.5 “ cards for filing. Print on different
colored cards to sort by area, or visit lengths. 1 side, Word based.
legal Considerations, terms,
insurance info, refund policy, and additional charges. 2 pages, Word
Signed by the
client, in case pet requires emergency medical care. 1 page, Word based.
client to give detailed
information regarding care of their home, entry instructions, trash
collection, plant care, locations of important care items, snow
removal, and more. 1 page. 3 formats included: HTML, Word, and Excel.
Allows client to give detailed information regarding each pet you are
to care for. Details animal’s temperament, medical history,
feeding instructions, play requirements, containment, and more. Also
includes vet contact information (as Vet can often vary pet to pet or
species to species). Main versions are 2 Pages (alternate version
available in more detail - 3 pages). A separate version is included
specifically for Livestock, including Horses.
Includes visit descriptions, travel
pricing information, important terms, and cancellation terms. Word
Consultation Guide →
A one page initial consultation
preparation checklist, followed by 2 pages of detailed instructions to
guide you through an entire Initial Consultation (also sometimes known
as a Meet and Greet, or Booking Interview). Learn the steps to be
confident and win the job every time, from day one. Word based.
to fill out, and
built to impress and gain return clients for future service
(Pet Sitting & Dog Walking)→
Completed by the client each time service
is requested. Outlines all the tasks to be completed and the special
"while you are gone" contact information. Also calculates the fees for
service when HTML or CGI version is used in Internet Explorer. 1 page,
recommended version is HTML based. Also, A CGI version is ready for
customization and uploading right to your web server for online use.
Word, PDF, HTML, or CGI
separate Service Requests are also included for Pet
Poop Scooping, Doggy
Request Notes: The Service Request form is available in a few different
versions, including a Word version, an HTML version, and our newest
addition - a web ready cgi version of the Service Request that can be
uploaded to your web server. Test a fully functional and available SAMPLE
Have your clients submit detailed requests via the web, and do without
the hassle of playing phone tag for the missing information common to
call in requests.
functional online Service Request form requires that your website be
hosted on the more common type Unix/Linux server (not Windows
hosting). You will also need a web host
for your website that supports CGI/PERL and the common PERL sendmail
function. We'll even do all the work of minor customizations
uploading for you if you prefer. The 2 files included (the
request form, and the resulting emailed request form) can be easily
edited with a text editor like notepad. The customizations are numbered
in the file with specific directions to help you along, and shouldn't
take more than 10-20 minutes to fully customize. Your host will have
more information on how to upload the files onto your host server, so
that you can can them functional within minutes.
Taxi Service Request
Word, 1 page
Pet Sitter will put a new entry into this
log sheet during each visit to a client’s home. Most clients
love to read about how you spent time with their
they return home from their trip, and how great yet unique their pet
was while they were away. Word, 1 page.
Payment Receipt →
/ Periodic Daytime Care Thank You /
Client Evaluation form
to be periodically filled
out by daily care clients. Includes request for use as a referral in
the future and referral contact information. Word, 1 page.
Care Thank You - Call Us /
Client Evaluation →
Questionnaire clients can fill out after service is complete. Includes
request for use as a referral in the future and referral contact
information. Word, 1 page.
Pet Sitting Customized Forms
Instructions Poster →
A 1 page document for your client to
leave out for alternate caregivers, other contracted help,
emergency personnel. Includes contact information, emergency
instructions, and important reminders (don’t accidentally
the cat in the closet!). The cute use of clip-art makes this my
favorite item. . Word.
Leave-Out Item Checklist with
Prints as page 2 of Visitor Instructions Poster. Word, 1 page.
Message Form →
enough for your family to answer the phone without forgetting to ask
for all important information.
Daily Business Management Tools
Schedule Forms →
calendar, the most prized item you carry around! Be sure to write all
cancellations, extra time spent, and notes on here. Be diligent right
from day one! It'll really help when you go back to correct billing
errors and credit clients later. I even track my daily mileage on my
calendar - it really is both the schedule & diary of my daily
service. Customize to reflect your busiest/slowest times, and change it
as your business grows. Similar appearance to Outlook week style. Excel
Schedule Forms →
schedule & notes. Excel
Log Workbook → Keep
accurate track of all payments
received. Calculates page & workbook
Log Workbook → Use
this simple workbook if
you are not quite ready for Quickbooks or
Peachtree to track your deposits & expenses. A great
alternative to hardcopy logs, or print blanks to use as
Mileage Tracker →
Cost Analysis Tools →
detailed ways to see how much of your earnings is going towards gas and
other car expenses. Compare actual gas cost to IRS standard
optional mileage allowance based on your car's mpg usage, average miles
per day, current gas prices, and more.
Rate Estimator →
in how many days per week and
hours per day you'd like to work, how much you'd like to make, how much
you plan to travel, and other details, and this tool will estimate how
much you should charge per visit on average. Great for calculating
reasonable but profitable visit prices and travel fees.
Up Business Guides
About Pet Sitting
About Pet Sitting is our
collection of the best pet sitting advice and information.
About Pet Sitting includes guides for setting up and running your
business. It also includes a long list frequently asked
questions, with detailed answers and many web links for finding more
information. There is another section with survey results
various online message boards to common pet sitter questions.
About Pet Sitting is updated
frequently with new questions, new information, and new
take questions asked by past purchasers and add them as frequently as
To Name Your Business
- Detailed document → specifically
for pet sitting businesses. Lists of keyword suggestions and words to
avoid. Links to name lists, trademarked name searches, and more.
Marketing Methods for Pet Sitting / Dog Walking Business Beginners
- Detailed document
→ Based on personal experience, research, and surveys of other
sitters. 7 major marketing tips, followed by over 30 great
marketing ideas (most inexpensive and many free), and finished with a
spreadsheet you can use to track your marketing work.
Release Writing - Detailed
document → A great
way to get free positive publicity in
your local newspapers.
During Sit Detailed Checklist -
checklist of all tasks to do during every sit.
Answering Tips & Selling Point
Narrative, and Tips - The
for winning new clients.
(Independent Contractors) instead of Employees
Bonding - including a comparison chart you won't find
NO INSURANCE is included with membership. NO insurance is
available through PUPS.
document → specifically for pet sitting businesses.
outline will help you to create a detailed, complete, professional
Website E-Booklet → An
e-book purchased from Bina Omar. A
good way to get started thinking about your future web page. Free for
redistribution. An exe – no software needed.
Pet Clip Art & Business
→ Mostly jpg, bmp.
books, Word documents, and electronic
E-Books. 7 Cat books (diets, meals, treats, gift ideas), 2 horse books
(homemade sprays and treats), 2 large dog treat books, and a few other
items. Includes healthy food lists, tips, gift ideas, recipes for
sprays & home remedies. Recipes include full
so you can distribute to your clients as inexpensive gifts. Or you can
start a Pet Bakery
side business and make some quick extra cash!
Pet Service Internet Search Sites
→ A list of over 100 places to list
pet sitting, dog walking, and poop scooping businesses. Many
Links List for Pet Sitting Beginners
and Experts →
detailed list of where to find the absolute lowest online prices,
insurance, web hosts/design/templates, business & pet
pet sitting resources, memberships, support groups, and much more. Save
money & time right from the start!
And help your new clients save money and find supplies they didn't know
Clip Art Instructions
Use default system font characters for
your clip art and save on printing costs! Doggies, kitties, and more!
wallet sized business
cards for your clients to carry. It lets emergency personnel
there are pets at home that will need care. Great as gifts -
customize with pictures you take of their pets. Excel based,
| Save Our Pets Template
Make customized "Save Our Pet"
cards for your clients to hang in windows or outside their homes in
case of fire or other natural disasters. Very
clients because they include their pet's photos and are completely
customized and typed (no need to write on these).
and Advertising Templates
Templates → Make
your own full color Business Cards.
Includes front & backside
templates, blank and full color designs; MS Word or Publisher.
Templates → Info
packed brochures used by our
business, included to help spark ideas and provide an outline and
information for your brochure. MS Word and Publisher.
Templates → Save
money by printing your own
magnets. Use "mini" magnets and make up to 15 magnets per $1.00 sheet!
At least 2 templates with full color images. Links in Web Links
document for purchasing inkjet ready printable magnet paper at about $1
per sheet. Microsoft Publisher format.
News Release → Customize and submit
to your local
newspapers. Often results in a free article and personal
interview about your new business.
Signs → Full
color signs to hang at
businesses. Microsoft Word
→ Item such as "Pet
brochure and "How to introduce a new cat to your current Cats" full
document that you can customize and place at humane societies and other
pet businesses to spread your name on items people like to pick up and
take home, and share with friends & family. Microsoft
& Other Items!
All other new items &
future added files
and updates are added directly to the same online archive, so you will
be able to access them even when added after your purchase. An UPDATES
file lists all changes to the archive, so you can just check there
periodically for new items that may interest you. All for no extra
Formats - Documents are Word, Excel, PDF, Publisher, and HTML
provided are electronic
and FULLY editable & customizable if you have the right editing
software. The forms can be printed on your home printer, or
to a professional printer. Printed hardcopies or
also be available as an add-on - contact us before purchasing to
discuss this option.
Excel, or Compatible Freeware
You will want to have Microsoft
another compatible Office application (many of which are available for
FREE). Currently the Word based forms are in available in two Word
formats so that they are compatible with both new and older versions of
of the tools (Scheduling
sheets, mileage tracking, etc) are based in
so you will want to have Excel (or
compatible freeware) also.
list of web links to
office-compatible software (Word, Excel, PDF &
Image editors) programs is included with your purchase.
Links for Mac user free office-compatible software are also available.
The latest versions of of the Service Request and a few other forms are
also available as HTML documents so that they could be modified by web
programmers and placed online. To view or print any html file, simply
open it in Internet Explorer or Netscape. Basic users can customize
html files by simply changing the business name in the file, and
renaming your logo file. Simple changes such as this can be done using
or any HTML
/ Text editing tool.
The recommend editing HTML
tool for formatting or large scale changes is Microsoft's
those that do not feel
comfortable editing HTML, (non-HTML)
MS Word versions of these
forms are also included (appearance varies).
Marketing items have been added. Some of these take advantage of the
special features that are offered by the
Microsoft Publisher format.
However, most of these items are also available as
The bonus recipe books and a few other items that do not require
customization or editing are available as PDFs.
files & documents are perfect
because they are completely customizable. I have been told by past
purchasers (including other pet sitting form-sellers on Ebay - check
they left for me!) that they are much more complete and professional
looking than anything else they could find anywhere or make themselves.
other forms available for sale are also
developed by people with little or no experience pet sitting for a
profit - and they just aren't organized in a practical, efficient
manner. we developed these when we could not find anything myself that
was complete enough, or that fit on the fewest sheets possible (NO
client wants to fill out 30 pages every time they book a visit!!! Don't
ask for information you already have again and
These forms have been edited thousands of times to make them the best
they can be based on our experiences.
Make sure you get a preview
of any seller's forms before you
buy them. Good forms need to be flowing, professional, AND complete.
Also, be sure that your seller is a pet sitter or dog walker, as it
does take real experience to learn how to organize good forms,
including what to put in and what to leave out. Lastly, make sure there
is a space and instructions how to CUSTOMIZE
the forms YOURSELF
with your business name and logo, as well as other changes required for
your needs. There is nothing worse then being stuck with something that
doesn't grow with your business! Or even worse - doesn't work with your
are also welcome to view
selected sample packets of our most current files in PDF format at
. The forms
you purchase will be fully
customizable (unlike the
samples here), in separate files for each form, and all references to
Happy At Home and PUPS have been removed except for the tiny copyright
message at the bottom of some forms. There is a placeholder for your
logo alongside your business name. This purchase includes use by your
pet sitting business and its employees. Form formats / templates are
non-transferable to ICs or other businesses, even if customized.
Copyright infringement of any sort will not be tolerated and we do
periodic searches for possible theft of our materials. We put a lot of
work into making these available cheaply for everyone - please respect
files are created with very little
color, and condensed to as few sheets as possible (as professional
formatting would allow) in order to conserve paper and ink - an
important feature for beginning sitters! The packets included are set
up to be printed 2 sided to save more paper, or 1 sided if you prefer
sure to check out our new style
also. It includes full color headings that allow you to
locate the correct form in a hurry. You will be able to
all the forms in both formats.
ELECTRONIC SHIPPING / HANDLING *
are shipped with Basic Membership,
as the files will be
available for you to
those members who choose CD membership,
shipping and handling of the CD is already included in the price listed
above. No other items will be mailed. Expedited
not available, and all CDs are shipped via USPS first class mail.
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