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Stress

For all the furriness, fuzziness, and feathers, pet sitters can actually encounter job stress. First, as you sit in traffic several miles from your next appointment, you wonder if you can make it to Fido's house before he loses the battle of the bladder. And in some cases, the pets themselves might stress you out. As you enter the house that contains that ill-tempered, super-sized mutt you can't stand, you know he's in there waiting, plotting and scheming against you. Can he read your mind? Does he know he causes you to sweat and makes your heart pound? You sure hope not.

And yes, you can even experience stress from a very successful pet sitting business. Do you panic when you look at the day's appointment schedule? How will you fit them all in, and still make your doctor's appointment and grocery store run? At the opposite end of the spectrum, how will you pay your bills if your appointment book frequently displays acres of blank lines? Put the stress in perspective—you've taken the leap to start your own business, something many people only dream of doing. Calm yourself down by spending some quality time with a friendly, affectionate dog or cat. Just make sure it’s not too affectionate. You don't want your leg to be taken advantage of.

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