This is where you can really set yourself apart from the crowd. A complete and professional listing will be key to securing your first housesitting assignment.
There are many different housesitting platforms. The most popular international sites are:
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Trusted Housesitters (20% Off)
House Sit Match
Most will require some of the basics: a catchy headline, multiple photos and a description of you and your experience. On top of that, you’ll want to personalize your profile with a calendar of your availability, references and an intro video.
It can be easy to rush through and not fully complete your profile right from the start.
I highly suggest you slow down and take your time.
The last thing you want is to find the assignment of your dreams and not have a completed profile setup and ready. You’ll be scrambling to complete it while someone else jumps on the opportunity.
Before You Start
Remember, you want to make a major impression the owner. You can grab their attention and ‘WOW’ them.
Think of it like you’re applying for a job. Your profile is your resume.
Homeowners will most likely be getting a lot of applications and your profile gives you the chance to stand out and get noticed.
To help you get an idea of the full process, I’ll take you step by step in setting up a profile on TrustedHousesitters. It is the largest of all housesitting portals and provides one of the more robust profiles for sitters.
Here’s a look at my current profile on TrustedHousesitters:
Headline and Title
The title or heading of your profile is very important.
Remember the resume analogy? If you and twenty other people are applying for the same assignment, you want to your resume to get noticed and actually read.
This is your chance to be unique.
Most of the profile headlines I see are very generic and sound the same. They all use phrases like “Trustworthy and Reliable Animal Lover”.
While all of those qualities are very good, and you should be all of those things, it doesn’t help you stand apart from all the other headlines.
There is a 150 character limit on your headline. You can use that space to be creative and unique.
Here’s what I’m using for my profile title, “Early 30s, Solo Male, Full-time Housesitter since June 2016 with a Hotel Management Diploma and former AirBnB host”.
Right away the homeowner can get a mental picture of who I am and why they may want me as their housesitter.
I include my general age and that I’m travelling solo. I like to do this to give the homeowners a little more info about me without having to view the rest of my profile. If they don’t want a single male, then I’ll save them some time.
To show them I take this very seriously I mention that I housesit full-time and that I travel around the world doing it.
Being a former Airbnb host may convey that I show organization, keep a clean home and I know how to respect their house.
What is your background or work experience? How about places you’ve volunteered? Even if it doesn’t directly relate to house or pet sitting experience it could be a character building quality.
Don’t be shy to include your details. Be creative and get noticed.
Great! Your profile headline has piqued the curiosity of the homeowner and they clicked through to your profile to read more.
Now it’s time to sell yourself as the best person/couple/family to watch over their home and pets.
First, put yourself in the homeowner’s shoes. If you were getting someone to take care of your house and pets, what would you want in that person? This is what you want to have in your profile.
Here are the main points you want to talk about:
- Who are you and who are you travelling with?
- Why do you travel?
- Why do you housesit?
- What do you do for work? Are you still working? Retired? Digital Nomad?
- What is your experience with pets?
- Do you have experience with pet sitting?
- What makes you an awesome choice?
Don’t be afraid to add a lot of info to your profile. You can never have too much experience.
The more relevant info you include, the better.
Images can speak more about you than text ever could. Photos will help give the homeowner and better sense of how you are with animals.
Add as many photos as you can. I suggest at least three to get started.
The best photos will be of you with the animals.
Showing photos of you while on vacation can be good in moderation, but they’ll want to see you with pets.
If you don’t have any photos of you with pets at the moment, that’s totally fine to start. Work with what you have.
Over the following weeks, make a point of getting some photos with the pets of friends and family.
The key, again, is to give the homeowner as much reason as possible to choose you.
If you want to really get noticed, add a video to your profile.
This is probably the best thing you could do because not many housesitters are doing it. Seriously – many housesitters don’t have a video. If you’re the only one with a video who applies for a housesit, you have a much greater chance of being chosen.
You don’t need to have an elaborate video with a lot of video clips with animals, intros and music. It’s ok to have something as simple as you in front of your computer’s webcam or better yet, just use your phone or tablet.
It doesn’t need to be a long video. Actually, the shorter the better.
I’ve created a quick sample video for you to demonstrate how simple the video can be.
- I didn’t include animals
- There is no music or intro text
- It was taken with my phone
- There is no editing
- It’s under 30 seconds
Just speak from the heart and talk about some of the things you put in your profile as text. The main objective is to give the homeowner a better idea of you and your personality.
It may not be easy if you’re shy. Personally, I don’t like being in front of the camera either. I prefer to be behind the camera. But the benefits are massive and you won’t regret it.
Things to include in your video:
- Introduce yourself (name and where you’re from)
- Why you’re making the video
- Your experience with pets
- Why you housesit
- Why you’d be the best person to watch their pets and take care of their home
Here is my current housesitting profile video…
Here are a couple more sample profile videos from fellow sitters…
How to Add the Videos to Your Profile
When adding your video to your profile on all housesitting websites, they will require you to upload your video to Youtube first.
To make things as easy as possible, install the Youtube app on your phone or tablet.
Within the app, on the very top, click on the video icon.
From there you will have the choice to record your video, or use a video that has already been recorded to your device.
Once you’re done, you can copy the URL (aka Link) and add it to your profile.
Note: If you prefer not to have your video public to the world, there will be an option to set the video to “Unlisted”. This means that only people that have the direct link to your video will be able to view it. It will not be searchable to people on Youtube.
With your profile completed, the next thing you’ll need to do it set up your references.
Check out our —-Guide for Getting References—- to walk you thru the process.
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