|About the Book|
Travel the world affordably by house sitting. Full-time sitters Rick and Colleen Ray’s guide to creating impressive profiles and references, finding the best house sits internationally, successfully interviewing with a homeowner, and house sittingMoreTravel the world affordably by house sitting. Full-time sitters Rick and Colleen Ray’s guide to creating impressive profiles and references, finding the best house sits internationally, successfully interviewing with a homeowner, and house sitting like a professional gives you the competitive edge. Web resources, checklists and tips for living on the road. Live your travel dreams house sitting!After years of being tourists and traveling the world, Rick and Colleen decided to add a new dimension to their travel adventures. They’ve stored away their belongings, leased out their home, and are exploring the world as full time house sitters. Their goal is to experience life, culture, food and people while traveling affordably. Whether it be for a week or two a year or as a full time lifestyle this book tells you all you need to know to do the same. Sharing their experience and research they show you how to find and get the perfect house sit. Their success at being selected is explained in a step-by-step process that will give you the edge at being the top contender in the competition for the hundreds of opportunities that exist all over the world. Enjoy the adventure and reap the rewards of this low cost way to fulfill your travel dreams.They explain how to:•Prepare for success with any length and type of house sit – with a special step-by-step action plan and timeline for those undertaking house sitting as a full time lifestyle•Make the most of the on-line house sitting resources with a comparison of the top sites – including how they determine which profiles are presented to homeowner’s first•Create an attention getting profile and an impressive reference letter collection even if you’ve never done a house sit before•Plan for international house sits and research their unique requirements•Successfully interview with a homeowner to get the assignment you want and how to set yourself up to be invited back time and time againBonus material includes forms for logging your house sitting contacts, collecting pet information, and arrival and departure checklists to keep you organized.The handbook’s 10 chapters are organized to walk you through the process from total inexperience to the completion of your first housesit. The House Sitter’s How-to Handbook provides all the information you’ll need to become an expert house sitter so you too can begin exploring the world one house at a time – affordably!Chapter by chapter, you’ll learn how to:•Make the most of the benefits and opportunities that exist for house sitting worldwide.•Determine which is right for you - house sitting or caretaking - and the duties and compensations of each.•Select the right house sit and avoid the unsuitable house sit.•Find the perfect house sit with reviews of the best house sitting websites, their services and costs.•Create a profile that gets results with example profiles, guidelines for making the most of the photos you post and maximizing social media.•Get the assignment you want – a step-by-step guide through the selection and interview process and all the things you need to consider before you make a commitment.•Prepare for short and long-term assignments with tips on what you’ll need for your house sit, travel security, and a special section and timeline for those considering a full-time life on the road.•Conduct your house sits like a professional with suggestions for preventing and resolving problems.•Prepare for the homeowner’s return with a checklist of the steps to take before you leave to ensure that you are invited back again.