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Earn Extra Income Caring for Man’s Best Friend

April 09, 2020

I love dogs—especially my miniature dachshund, Blue.

They are always at the ready to befriend or be friendly.

On my morning runs, I encounter numerous dogs being walked by their human parents, and I’ve learned from long ago, always to slow down to a walk as to not startle them.

More often than not, they will come over to say hello and get a little attention.

But not everyone has the time to take their dog out for a walk. And with the current lockdowns, some parents are not able to be out and about with their faithful companions.

So, for both of these cases, I’m presenting another alternative income stream for you today.

In my book, Income for Life, I wrote about dozens of strategies that are focused on maximizing income from varied investments.

There are plenty of chapters that explain, step by step, how to make your investment portfolio generate a lot more income, including tax-advantaged and tax-free income.

But there are also a bunch of chapters on income-generating ideas that have nothing to do with the investment markets—again with complete step-by-step directions that anyone can follow for more income regardless of age or experience.

In particular, I wrote one chapter about helping dogs and their human parents by being a part-time (or more) dog walker.

If you’re a lover of dogs, you can earn extra income or even start your own business just by walking and caring for them.

There’s an abundance of money to be made out there, as well as people willing to spend it to have their pets cared for.

No matter where you live, someone needs a dog sitter and dog walker. This is not just reserved for the bigger cities in this country.

Of course, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and my town in Alexandria, Virginia as well as many other cities have their share of pups and the need for dog caretakers, but there’s room for everyone everywhere.

To get started, you must market your willingness to walk and even pet-sit.

Advertising your services is integral to your success. You can start by posting on Facebook, asking your friends to share your information, hanging fliers in neighborhoods and apartment complexes, gathering testimonials and creating a website.

Expanding services (cat sitting, watering plants, other miscellaneous requests, etc.) can also help build a level of trust and rapport with many clients and generate more business.

For information on running your own dog-walking business, these links can get you started on the right foot (or paw):

A full read on the costs to start a pet-sitting or dog-walking business can be found at the blog

For a step-by-step of how to start a dog-walking business, I’d suggest going to

Then, over at, read more on dog walking under that site’s heading: Dog Walking: 4 Tips for Successfully Offering This Service.

After building a client base through advertising on social media and word of mouth, you can start making a profit right away.

If you decide to work out of your home, there’s no additional rent or utilities to pay, so any saved income can be used to hire a support staff or expand locations.

How you much of your business you want going to the dogs is up to you.

Note: U.S. markets will be closed all day Friday, April 10, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

All My Best,

Neil George
Editor, Income Investor’s Digest & Profitable Investing
Author, Income for Life

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