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Second Careers: Dog Walker

She turned her love of pets into a profitable business

Dog walker Sari Reis sitting in the park, holding a small dog

Dustin Cohen

SARI REIS, 68 | $40,000 a year  

Home: San Diego

Previous life: Organizational trainer

"I had to reinvent myself to keep afloat."

Why she did it: I have always had a huge passion for animals. Nonprofit organizations did not pay enough, and neither did veterinary practices, so I decided to start my own business.

How she succeeded: I looked into pet sitting and dog walking by contacting different companies in the area, emailing each and asking to meet for coffee. I met with several of them, and they gave me great advice on what the public was looking for in a sitter. I got insurance, and pet-first-aid certified. And I joined Pet Sitters International, a trade group that provides education on animals and information on how to set up a pet-sitting business. I made my own website, and handed out my business card at pet-friendly apartments and condos, as well as to dog groomers. After a few months, I got my first client, and I was ecstatic. Today I have five employees and a business that brings in $165,000 a year (and growing).

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