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    My son is 25, on a disability pension, may not be completing his vet nursing cert due to a few reasons which I will not go into but will not impinge on his ability.

    He is thinking of going into, in a small and totally up to him if he does it basis, a pet minding, plant/garden watering etc part time activity for himself.

    Remember, he is in a small town of 600 ppl, another 600 in surrounding area. Everyone knows everyone and if you don't, a question will soon get you opinions on someone.

    He asked me to ask you as part of his market research, what do you think would be a good rate to charge?. Any thoughts you have.

    He would go to your home and feed, play with, walk your dogs, do any watering, inside too if you wish, feed water let birds out for fly time etc etc.

    In the scenario that yes, you would do this as the person you depended on to do it for you is also away, can you please give me your thoughts to pass on to him.

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    I would look into how much kennels charge.
    I know I would prefer to have my dogs minded in the comfort of my home rather than putting them into the kennels. We used to mind our neighbours dog when they went away for $10 a day and they gave us $20 a night if we stayed there (mostly if there was a storm as the dog freaked out)
    We would have done it for nothing but they insisted as they knew their dog wasn't freaked out and around strange people and dogs..

    Otherwise I guess it could be negotiated individually. Some people are willing to pay more than others, some would just want them checked up on and fed, whereas I would want someone to play/walk her etc..

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    That sounds like a great little business and good for him. I have a pet sitter who comes in whenever I'm away. He feeds the dogs, ratties and the budgie. He also has a game with them. Brayden is about 20 and a really nice guy. He charges $15 a visit......I live about 8 kms out of town. Because my kids are spoiled rotten, I get him to visit twice a day....$30. It's a great comfort to know that the kids are in good hands whenever I'm away. They love him. Brayden will also walk the dogs but that is an extra charge...don't know what he charges for this service tho. I guess a lot would depend on the price of fuel in your area too. Wish your son the very best of luck from me.
    Last edited by dogsrule; 11-29-2009 at 12:29 PM.
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    Thank you. I have passed on these two comments to him already and he says thank you.

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    Hi Di Dee

    He needs to work out how much it will cost roughly in transport costs etc to get to and from a place for minding dogs etc.

    Around here, boarding starts at $13 - for a cage, and a 20 minute run on a pocket handkerchief at my Vets (not including food), and goes up, $20 to $25 per dog seems average - not including food.

    Pet sitting, or dog visiting ie visiting a dog in its home, making sure it is ok and maybe taking it for a short walk, starts around $20 per day. I think if a person spends 30 minutes with the dog, $20 per visit is possibly not enough. Bear in mind, tradies often charge $100 to show at the front door. And massage people usually charge $1 per minute, and you have to go there.

    But to break into the market - it might be an advantage to offer discounts. The only problem with that is that sometimes people don't want to pay full price later. It's better to say your rate is $30 per visit for 20 minutes and offer a $5 discount for the first 6 months you're in "business". If business picks up, and you're really busy, no need to continue the discount and you may be able to consider an annual increase.

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    Thank you, this is all so helpful to him, please keep thoughts coming.
    He will not be restricted financially to start up with flyers etc to all through the mail as his long awaited and hassled over workers comp payout is now settled and due soon. Flyers here cost about 600 to send to all mail recipients in town and surrounding farms.

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    Di, I would have your son investigate similar businesses around the area (as in the nearest city) and see what they charge for a start.

    Having set prices for various different services is the way to go IMO. Some people just want him to come and visit, some to exercise the dogs, and yes, there are many people who would prefer full live-in dog-sitters if they are away for a holiday etc. (Takes care of the house too! Lol.)

    I guess I might sound like a contortionist, but poeple here in this country spend a great deal of money on their pets. A fortune, actually!!! Perhaps your son could keep that fact in mind when considering prices. *wink*

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