The site requires that we have a fixed location set on our profile. The problem is that the fixed location on my profile is just a random city in Europe because that’s where I do most of my sits even though I was born on a different continent.
Like many sitters, I don’t have a fixed home. I travel full time and have done for well over a decade. But, I had to choose a city, so here we are. The problem is that, especially during covid, not all owners react well to non local sitters. I could be 10km down the road from the sit, but my location says i’m 1500km away, which impacts my chance at getting the sit. I’ve had more than one home owner comment on me not being local and I now always include my current location and where I will be prior to their sit when I apply.
It would be lovely if we could have the ability to set a “current location” and have it be something general like “Traveling in Europe” vs a specific location.
I get that a location is required for the background check (if someone does that) but in the day to day implementation, I think having a fixed location required for sitters is a negative. Why does it matter that I’m from Chicago if I’m currently in Rome and applying for a sit in Florence? Trying to make people have a fixed location on a site that is dedicated to being somewhere you’re NOT from seems very counter intuitive.