I think we can just review those we think could be suitable as best we can before any final agreements and then hope for the best. Taking on a shorter joint sit to begin with seems like it would probably be a good way to find out if you´re compatible or not for anything longer. But even for a slightly longer sit, I think you could just think of it like looking for a new housemate in a shared living situation, but without the commitment of something long term it feels somewhat less daunting in my opinion.
I am interested in this too. Not sure how to actually get in contact with other sitters though and how to find compatible people. I guess we’d have to meet up or do a video call. It could be really wonderful I think, if the right people get together.
That´s why this thread was created. In the main THS platform, we as sitters cannot send messages to other sitters, as far as I´m aware. But in the forum we are able to DM each other. Since you have your sitting profile embedded in your forum profile, people can take a look at your profile and get in touch with you if they think you may be a good fit with them, and visa versa. Then, if you´re both interested, you could arrange some online calls and at some point meet up in person to see if you could feel comfortable and confident enough to give it a go together. Or you could try doing a short sit together somewhere mid way between the two of you, if you live pretty far away from each other and would be up for that experience.
If the other sitter has a number of great references from previous sits and the sits look like the kind of ones you might pick yourself, that would seem to be a good indicator as to how reliable and fitting they may be. Along with the rest of their profile and your one to one communication exchanges.