I can’t emphasise enough on the need to create an honest and appealing profile.
Make it real. Make it yours. Make it stand out.
As this will be one of the most critical steps in which to start your house sitting journey. This post will give you a few ideas to think about and a sense of where to start when creating your first housesitting profile online.
Some things are self-evident to include in your profile, such as photos of you with different animals, and an excellent strong headline that makes people interested in your profile. But when it comes to the actual body of text that describes YOU, there are a few things to think about.
Do you have a goal?
If so, write it down and re-evaluate it on a regular basis.
We are fortunate to be able to house sit full time and have stuck with one Housesitting Website. Why? The most important reason would be is that we have been successful in achieving regular housesits over the last few years.
We are now being contacted on a daily basis by homeowners whose housesits we have not applied for which is ONE sign we are on our way to becoming successful in housesitting. The more significant signs are happy homeowners and repeat housesits.
We try to book ahead at least as far as we can to make future travel plans much more manageable. The time length of each housesit does vary, though we do prefer to do ones that are at least 1.5 weeks long. Though with every rule there is an exception. With longer housesits it gives us time to relax more and get a real feel for the area and the culture.
We know what works for us and have targeted that type of sit in our profiles by clearly stating what sort of sits we prefer to do.
Are you for example after short-term house sits in a large city and prefers to only look after cats and small dogs? Or are you open to housesits in rural areas where you are happy to look after any animal big or small? Adapt your profile accordingly and be clear about what you can do and what you are seeking.
What can you offer?
House sitting is a two-way street, if you are in it to get a free holiday, we can guarantee you that your house sitting career will be short. Just as the homeowners are offering you their home for free, you also need to think about what you can do to make the exchange satisfying for both parties. Personally, we provide professional working experience with a whole range of different animals. With our horticultural expertise and the Squires hands-on experience living on a working farm and countryside for much of his life. This experience gives us confidence in dealing with farm animals and larger animals. It also allows us to target a particular area of the house sitting market. We have also owned a few homes and rentals over the years, which makes us quite capable of doing minor household repairs with ease.
You do not have to have experience on a working farm to be a successful housesitter. You merely have to have a think about what you are good at, what animals you are confident in looking after and what skills you have that may attract homeowners to your profile.
What are your realistic expectations and abilities?
It is important to remember that you do not have to say yes to everything and you do not have to please everyone. Your profile should represent YOU and what you have to offer realistically and straightforwardly. Do not make promises you cannot keep and do not say yes to house sits that are beyond your ability. It is also OK to decline a house sit if you feel that the workload is too much for you to handle. For us, we can not accept ones that require both of us to do gardening or any physical work due to the Squires back disability.
How much should I write?
I have always believed less is more. This approach fits in with our minimalist lifestyle! That is what I have done with our profile. Keeping it to the facts about what we can offer to our next housesitting position. I do not brag or make a comment about travels that are not related to the housesit. Most people we do housesit for are widely travelled and are more interested in what we are experienced in, such as handling larger dogs, farm animals to name just two.
Keep things simple, state your strengths and what you are ideally seeking and finish your profile off by saying that you are happy to answer any further questions in a private message or Skype video call.