Pros and Cons of Pet Sitting Jobs for Kids

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A terrific job for elementary age students is pet sitting. While the pay will be less than other jobs for kids, they'll have a great time, low time commitment, and furry friends to hang out with.

Pet Sitting Jobs Pros

  • Low time commitment: Jobs will only take a limited amount of time to feed, water, and exercise the pet each day. They can check in on the pet, and then do other activities in the same day.

  • Great introductory job: If your child hasn't held a job yet, pet sitting is a great job to introduce her to working.

  • Fun: If you child enjoys pets; she will most likely love pet sitting. A fun job is one that your child will take seriously.

  • Works for busy kids: Even if your child has a full calendar with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, pet sitting can be a quick job that fits in around other commitments.

  • Leads to other opportunities: If a family has pets, they often have children. A pet sitting job now could turn into a babysitting job in the future.

  • Nice customers: In general, people's pets are friendly. Have your child get to know the animal before the pet sitting job so the pet will recognize your child.

  • Various ages: Pet sitting can be an appropriate job for various aged children, including younger children.

  • Your child can remain close by: She can pet sit for neighbors and relatives that you know and feel comfortable with. In addition, you can usually accompany your child to check on the pet.

    Pet Sitting Jobs Cons

    • Variability: The number of jobs your child gets and how much she earns will be variable.

    • Hard to find: Pet sitting jobs may not be as plentiful as other jobs. Your child may have to search a little harder to find them.

    • Conflicting times: Jobs may coincide with your planned vacations. Because many families travel while school is out, if you are traveling too, your child may not be available to pet sit. Consider a "co-op" with a friend of your child and you can exchange pet sitting schedules.

    • Responsibility is high: Your child will be caring for a living creature, so forgetting to take care of the pet could have a terrible outcome. Be sure your child is responsible, or plan to remind them.

    What Kids Learn About Money

    • Advertising: Your child will probably need to take a more active role to get a pet sitting job. Get started by hanging posters on local bulletin boards, handing out flyers to neighbors, and telling friends with pets.

    • Low Pay: It's almost inevitable that your child's spending will outpace her income from pet sitting. She'll need to learn to spend within her means or explore alternative methods of income.

    • Working for the Love of the Job: Even though pet sitting won't pay as much as other jobs, if your child is a pet lover, she may realize that she loves it too much to give up in favor of other jobs. Encourage this decision and help her learn to save money in other areas of her life.