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I made £20k in a year doing the easiest side hustle that you need no qualifications for & you get to play with puppies | The Sun
A MAN has revealed how he earns £20,000 doing an easy side hustle that doesn’t require any qualifications.
Kevin Liu, 28, is a pet-sitter in his free time and uses the extra cash to supplement his salary working in tech.
Kevin was inspired to do a side hustle when he was laid off from his job during the pandemic.
Speaking to Insider, he said: “After that, I started to think about how I could diversify my income stream to be more financially secure.
“I wanted to make sure that if I ever got laid off again, I'd still be able to cover my basic living costs such as rent and food. And, if it didn't happen again, I'd have some savings.
“It was during that time that I saw a YouTube video about pet sitting. While I was busy with my studies, I kept it in the back of my mind, because I loved the fact you could be paid for something that was fun.”
In June 2020, Kevin joined the pet-sitting app Rover and set his radius for six miles around his home in Austin, Texas.
He got his first booking within a month, which was looking after a puppy in a one-bedroom flat.
Kevin, who works as a project design lead, didn’t have any experience looking after pets but the fact he worked from home all day went down well with the owner.
He initially charged £20 for the day, but realised that his prices weren’t high enough as he was left with £11 after fees and taxes.
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Kevin raised his prices as he got more experienced, and made sure he was quick to respond to messages.
This helped him rank higher in Rover search results.
He quickly gained numerous bookings for people heading away for the weekend or going on holiday.
One of the best perks was getting to stay in some incredible houses.
He added: “I enjoyed meeting the people and the pets, and I also got to stay in some beautiful homes. I stayed in five-bedroom homes with infinity pools, slept in cliff-top houses with amazing views, and even booked one three-story mansion with an elevator.”
When his tech job got more busy, he realised he only had time for people who had more than one pet, to make the money worthwhile.
One of his easiest pets was a snake and five geckos as the snake only needed one meal a week, and the geckos needed a daily spritz of water.
Meanwhile, his longest job was 28 days, and Kevin went the extra mile and not only looked after an elderly Shih Tzu, but also cleaned the house, watered plants and collected Amazon parcels.
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He now charges £134 a day with some clients tailoring their holidays around his availability.
In 2022, he made £20,664.50, and he currently has bookings six months in advance for 2023.