If you decide to invite sitters directly, here are some steps to streamline the process. This is based on searching on the website.
Under Find a pet sitter, add your location in the search bar.
Use the filter for Dates. You then don’t need to check their Availability calendar.
Use the filter for Pets, to remove those that don’t match your needs.
Don’t use the Experience filter, unless you insist on either of those requirements. Keep in mind that filters reduce the number of sitters.
The sitters who are most likely to consider your sit are those who have 3 or more references
or perhaps 1 review
When someone matches #5, check their headline and the About section, to see if they mention details of any limited availability. Some may say, for example, Fully booked for 2022.
If the sitter’s profile interests you, send them a short personalized message, inviting them to apply.
This may seem time-consuming, but if you are eager/anxious to get your sitter arranged, then the time spent is worthwhile. You may also connect with a sitter who can’t do your chosen dates but may favourite your listing. That will be to your advantage when you next post dates.
Can you tell me how to amend the heading of my profile as I’m going round and round in circles! I want to add ‘booked until March 2024’ so that hopefully owners will notice and not invite me before then
We usually write “fully booked” at the beginning of our profile so this is the first thing that HOs read. But we still get invitations, often without a message or without mentioning our names. Not sure there is anything you can do, some people are just writing to dozens of sitters without reading their profiles.
Even when I search with date parameters, it generates all the sitters near my area regardless of availability. So I have to scroll on each profile just to see their calendars. Is this an issue with Chrome browser or something else? Sorta hard to sift through 800+ sitters.
@elcerritopups You may also narrow your search by specifying your pets. Not all sitters use the calendar function, so only dates where TrustedHousesitters automatically marks them for a TrustedHousesitters sit can be assured to be accurate. I don’t think choice of browser affects the results.
I am very new here and I’m looking for some pointers. I posted my listing a few days ago and I’ve received no applicants and at one point 11 saves. Down to 9 now.
I approached one person with an invitation and it says that that sitter has read the invitation but they have not responded (at least that I can see and for some reason it took 3 days for me to see who had saved my listing).
Is this normal? Granted, my listing is for Portland Oregon in January. Is it too early to expect interest, is it the location? Did I do something strange with the listing and my profile?
Hi @Tracybird. It’s not too early to expect interest in your listing, but it’s not late enough to worry either. Some sitters are already booked out six months or more, while many are still focused on getting sits for the holidays. So you have time.
Thanks for putting a link to your listing in your forum profile. Maybe some of our members can have a look and offer tips on ways to fine tune it.