I Love My Job

I love my job. For those of you who don't know (or are saying to yourself "You have a job!?!?"), I am a professional housesitter*. While technically the focus is usually on pets, since I do the plants, mail, papers, etc., I think "housesitter" encompasses the job better than "petsitter".

Why do I love this job? It's always different. I get to shop at different grocery stores, see different views, hang out with different pets, get to know different neighborhoods, and ride different buses, just to name a few things. And while housesitting requires you to be around the house as much as possible, it still leaves time for me to do my thing: make and do crosswords, draw comics, read, watch t.v., make websites, etc. But what I like most of all about housesitting is that I can see the direct result of my work. There is no middle man between me and the people for whom the service is being rendered, and they always appreciate it so much. That, the being able to directly help someone out, is what I love most about my job.

Do you know someone who needs a housesitter? I'm always looking to take on new clients and move into new markets*. And the jobs don't have to be in the northwest. I'd be happy to do a stint in Delaware, California, or Germany. Just get ahold of me and we'll work something out.
Monday April 12 2010File under: work

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on Mon 12th Apr, 2010 03:47 pm PDT maggie said:
i may have some potential clients for you in PA - leaving 6 cats to go to Europe.
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on Tue 13th Apr, 2010 10:35 am PDT Jenn said:
How much do you charge?
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on Tue 13th Apr, 2010 10:58 am PDT Wren said:
@Jenn: Price depends on how many and what kinds of animals, what are their requirements (i.e. 8 5-mile walks a day for a dog will cost more than feeding a cat twice a day), etc. Travel and relationship with housesittees is also a factor. Generally, though, prices are between $20 and $40 a day.
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on Tue 13th Apr, 2010 11:00 am PDT Wren said:
This just came across my comics page today and I couldn't help but posting it here: Lockhorns 4/13/10
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on Tue 13th Apr, 2010 06:16 pm PDT Root Mama said:
I'd be happy to give you a reference!
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on Thu 15th Apr, 2010 12:40 pm PDT Horge said:
Just thinking, you ought to combine some of your interests with your career. Make yourself a website to advertise yourself. And maybe a reward that the first person to make a contract/agreement with you each month gets a pack of troothpicks (maybe a future troothpicks customer)?
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on Sat 17th Apr, 2010 05:29 am PDT steve said:
Is that Thomas?
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