Trusted House Sitters is the #1 most used and trusted house sitting website online and we’ve personally used it to land amazing pet sitting jobs in Costa Rica, Grenada and Barbados. There are hundreds of new listings popping up every day and while you can view some of them, to see all of the new jobs and to be able to instantly contact the host and apply, you need to sign-up for the service.
The subscription only costs $119 / year currently, but we’ve talked to the team over at TrustedHouseSitters.com and they’ve agreed to give Goats On The Road readers a 10% discount! If $119 seems like a lot of money, keep in mind that you’ll be saving a ton of money on travel and accommodation costs. We calculate that the service has saved us over $20,000 USD in the 3 years we used it.
So in this post I’m going to explain the steps of signing up for Trusted House Sitters, getting our discount, creating a compelling profile that will get you noticed and landing your first pet sitting / house sitting job!
Before we get started, there are quite a few questions that people have before signing up and that’s totally natural. I’m pretty certain that signing up for this website is literally going to change your life, but how? Where will you find jobs? Do you get paid? Are there always free cars to use that come with the house? I’ll answer these and many other questions below:
How To Sign-Up
Okay so you’re convinced… GOOD! Let’s get started with the process of signing up and getting our 10% special Goats On The Road discount. To get started just click the button below. This will bring you to the first step of signing up over at TrustedHouseSitters.com.
After clicking that button you’ll be brought to a screen where you’ll be asked to enter your information and begin building your profile. You won’t be asked to pay until you’re done this process and the total with our discount will be $107.
Simply enter in the information including your YEAR of birth (you don’t need your exact birthday here), and click “Create Account”.
After that you’ll be brought to the next screen where you can choose where you’re interested in pet sitting / house sitting. If you only want to pet sit domestically, then put in your home country, but if you want to house sit overseas I recommend clicking “Everywhere” because you never know what amazing homes may inspire you to visit a new country 😀 . When you’re done entering this info, click Save & Next.
Now a new little box will appear above the Save & Next button that says “When would you like to sit?”. If you’re not sure, just click “Anytime” for now, or if you know you can also enter exact dates. When you’re done with this box, click “Save & Next” again.
Next the site will begin the basic parts of building your profile for you. It will ask you your sex, to write up a profile and add photos etc. At any time during this process, you can simply click “Skip to checkout” to complete the sign-up process. You can always create your profile later as well.
Next it will ask you if you’re male or female. Go ahead and tick a box and then enter your birthdate when prompted. You’ll then be prompted to enter in your town of residence. Start typing your city and then choose it from the drop down that appears. Click on your city and you’ll then be prompted to enter your occupation (this is all for the sake of your profile).
With each new thing you enter, you’ll be prompted to add more info. This is very useful information for homeowners so make sure you answer every question as accurately and descript as possible.
Next it will ask you if you’re house sitting as a single person or as a couple. Then if you have previous house sitting experience. If you say no, you’ll be brought to the next step, but if you say yes, it will prompt you to type in some details. Be very detailed here. Homeowners will be able to see this, so even if you’ve watched your relative’s dog for a few hours, add that in. Be honest and be thorough.
The site will then ask you what type of house sit you’re interested in – beach, urban, countryside or mountain. I recommend ticking all of these boxes because you never know what amazing places you’ll find.
The final question is if you’re house sitting with children. Click on an answer and then click the button that says “Save & Next”.
The next step is all about your previous experience with pets. Click the types of animals that you have experience with and be honest. You will likely get quite a few offers from homeowners, so you don’t want to clog your inbox with people wanting you to take care of their horses if you’ve never done so in the past.
Click the animal(s) that you’d be comfortable caring for and then click “Save and Next” again.
Next you’ll be prompted to enter in your profile write-up. This is all about you, your characteristics, your previous experiences and why you’re the best person for the job. The website says “Minimum 50 characters” but you should go all out here. The longer the better. Our profile is around 1,200 words and we’ve been told by countless home-owners that they love our profile write-up.
Now you’ll add the “heading” to your listing in the website. Your listing will show up amongst thousands of others so it’s important that you add important keywords to your headline so that you can stand out in the eyes of home owners as they scroll through the listings.
After you’ve entered a catchy title, click “Save & Next” it will prompt you to enter an intro to your profile (again, be descriptive here) and then it will ask you why you want to house sit. As most jobs include animals, it’s a good idea to rave about how much you love cats and dogs here, or whatever animals you can care for, also that you love travel and if you have experience with travel, list it here.
When you hit Save & Next after the final questions, you’ll be prompted to add photos to your profile. Of course, it’s a great idea to add photos of you with animals. Cuddling animals, playing with animals, petting animals, anything with animals. Also photos of you travelling if you have them. Most homeowners want to know that you’ll be confident travelling to and living in another country.
Avoid adding photos of yourself partying or being to crazy for obvious reasons.
To add photos to the site, either drag and drop them from folders in your computer, or click Upload Photo(s) to browse for them on your computer and upload them. After each one is done loading, you should add a description to tell the home owner who is in the photos and where they were taken.
After adding a few photos, you’ll also have the option to add a YouTube video. You don’t have to do this now, but I highly recommend you creating a video (with your phone or camera) and uploading it to YouTube. It will definitely help you get a job down the road.
After clicking “Save & Next” for the last time, you’ll be brought to the final stage of your profile creation. Here you can see what your profile will look like to homeowners. If there are any parts of the profile you’d like to edit or fix, you can click the pencil icon in that section to edit it.
Once every thing looks the way you want it, you can click the button that says “Proceed To Checkout”.
On the checkout page, you need to add in your name, address and phone number and then click “Continue to secure payment”.
Then the secure payment section will open where you can enter your credit card information. Make sure to enter our 10% discount code GOATS10 into the discount code box and hit “Apply”.
After you pay you’ll see the confimation page and voila! You’ve joined the best house sitting website on the internet! You’ve already built your profile in the previous steps, but you can edit it and add to it at any time by signing in and clicking on your profile to edit it.
That’s it! Now you’ll start receiving emails with all of the new pet sits available. I recommend turning on your email notifications so that you know the moment you receive the email. The first people to reply to new house sitting listing are the most likely to get the jobs.
To beef up your profile a little further down the road, make sure to create an intro video of yourself. It can simply be you sitting in a room and talking to your camera phone! It doesn’t have to be special, but it should show your personality.
You should also head into your local police station and get a police check printed out so that you can add it to your profile. It won’t cost you much and should take too long to retrieve, but it will help show homeowners that you’re not a thief…or worse.
If you have any further questions about getting the perfect house sitting job or about how to make sure you get hired, check out the posts below or send us an email 😀
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