Make money on the week­ends

Most of us spend on our days off, but these smart women have fig­ured out ways to rake in se­ri­ous cash in their down­time

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“I make up to $600 a week­end

as a pet sit­ter!”

“Af­ter my di­vorce, I needed a sec­ond job I could do on the week­ends that was flex­i­ble. When a friend told me she worked as a pet sit­ter, I knew it would be a great way to make ex­tra money.

“I read about Thumb­tack.com, a site that con­nects peo­ple look­ing for help with var­i­ous tasks, and I de­cided it would be an easy way to find clients. I filled out a pro­file, and now when a pet-sit­ting op­por­tu­nity be­comes avail­able, Thumb­tack no­ti­fies me and I re­spond to the clients to set up a time to meet them and their dogs. I also send the clients my background check and proof of in­surance—the in­surance isn’t nec­es­sary, but I got it (for $25 a month) be­cause I re­al­ized if I were hir­ing some­one to come into my house, I’d want her to have in­surance.

“When I meet clients, they give me their keys and tell me what they need me to do, like how much to feed their pets or how of­ten to walk them. Some­times the pets need med­i­ca­tion too. When I’m work­ing, I send my clients pho­tos of their pets so they know ev­ery­thing is okay.

“I charge a flat fee of $25 to start, and $10 for each time I re­turn. If a client wants me to stay overnight, I charge $50. And if they have more than two dogs, my rates are a bit higher. I’ve had up to six fam­i­lies per week­end, so I can earn up to $600.

“I en­joy pet sit­ting be­cause I love an­i­mals and help­ing other peo­ple. It’s also a flex­i­ble, easy way to make money for ex­tras, like get­aways with my kids.”

Jes­sica Martinez, 48

Port St. Lu­cie, FL

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