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LovingSTX
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I am currently house/pet sitting for a friend and have requests for people I have just met. So, I'm wondering what is normal to charge, a range, or method of determining a fair rate to charge when it's not a favor or trade.
Any advice would be appreciated. My experience is in hospitality and I don't have serious maintenance skills.

Thank you!

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Posted : May 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Scubadoo
(@Scubadoo)
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I'm sure it would depend on what all they want you to do, how many pets, do they want you to play with them for an hour twice a day, water the house plants or the half acre garden, mow the grass, etc. $35/hr is probably reasonable.

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Posted : May 20, 2017 4:18 am
Alana33
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My house/pet sitter charges $100 a week.
Feeds cats, dogs, waters plants, stays at the house.
I have the maid come to clean as usual.

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Posted : May 20, 2017 5:20 am
sonofasailorx2
(@sonofasailorx2)
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Just wondering what's the best way to let people know I am available for house sitting and pet care in STX. Thanks for any advice you can give!

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Posted : May 20, 2017 10:32 am
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
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We usually pay $25 a day to house sit and look after our five dogs.

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Posted : May 20, 2017 12:14 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
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Just wondering what's the best way to let people know I am available for house sitting and pet care in STX. Thanks for any advice you can give!

Start a business. I would assume for that you'd want to be an LLC - for obvious liability reasons.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : May 21, 2017 12:54 pm
lescooper
(@lescooper)
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Try placing an ad under Classifieds here and maybe Craigslist USVI

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Posted : May 21, 2017 8:00 pm
Alana33
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Best have excellent references.
I would get to know all the island's veterinarians and people who have animal rescue organizations. Word of mouth for trustworthiness, honesty and reliability go a long way. Advertise through these organizations, have business cards, be licensed and insured, if you're going to treat this as a business as opposed to something you do once in awhile.
My friends and I share our pet/house sitter so we organize our travel plans.

Are you good with animals?
Do you have another job, day or nighttime, that would interfere with pet sitting or animal's schedule?
Can you handle unruly dogs in home or walking on leash without getting agitated and harming them or having them harmed?
Multiple animals of different breeds and sizes?
All things to consider.

People need to be comfortable leaving their beloved pets, home and belongings with someone absolutely reliable.
$35 an hour is unreasonable.
You might as well board your animals and lock up your house at that price.

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Posted : May 21, 2017 9:44 pm
stxres2011
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The first two years I lived on island I bartered via word of mouth to house/pet sit for free lodging. In the previous 4 years I met many folks who did this as a full time gig while working small side jobs for cash. Best to network this before venturing into it as a business. While you might be crazy busy initially your demand could die off quite quickly. Just my humble opinion. I have house sat/pet sat the whole 6 years on island and never made anymore than $500 in all six years.

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Posted : May 21, 2017 11:58 pm
vicanuck
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Just wondering what's the best way to let people know I am available for house sitting and pet care in STX. Thanks for any advice you can give!

Start a business. I would assume for that you'd want to be an LLC - for obvious liability reasons.

And have to pay taxes? And go through all the DLCA nonsense? And a $100 "fire" inspection?

All that to make a few bucks?

You're kidding right?

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Posted : May 22, 2017 11:00 am
fdr
 fdr
(@fdr)
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Whether you run your business formally (licensed and documented) or not, you still owe taxes on the "few bucks" you make!

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Posted : May 22, 2017 2:14 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
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Whether you run your business formally (licensed and documented) or not, you still owe taxes on the "few bucks" you make!

Actually, not correct. In 2016 for example, if you are under age 65 and single, you must file a tax return if you earn $10,350 or more, which is the sum of the 2016 standard deduction for a single taxpayer plus one exemption.

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Posted : May 22, 2017 3:15 pm
Exit Zero
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You are liable for Social Security and Medicare payments no matter what your 'tax' situation.

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Posted : May 22, 2017 4:44 pm
Gator's Mom
(@Gator's_Mom)
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https://www.irs.gov/individuals/self-employed

You are legally required to file if you make over $400 net profit from self employment. Self-employment taxes (FICA and Medicare) are charged on the net profit.

You are liable for Social Security and Medicare payments no matter what your 'tax' situation.

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Posted : May 22, 2017 5:09 pm
caribstx
(@caribstx)
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There must be a lot of people in the VI breaking the law. My rule of thumb has always been, if there was no 1099, there was no income.

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Posted : May 22, 2017 8:42 pm
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