How to Become a Teen Plant Sitter

What Does a Teenage Plant Sitter do? 

As a plant sitter, you’ll spend the majority of your time taking care of plant when a plant owner has left their home for a large portion of time. A homeowner will leave their plants to a plant sitter to care for the plants and ensure they aren’t wilted or dead when the homeowner comes back. By doing this, you will be watering their plants, fertilizing, and generally taking good care of them as if they were yours. It is imperative that you take this simple job very seriously, because if the plants do wilt, you will be in big trouble with the homeowner.

How Much Does a Teenage Plant Sitter Get Paid?

As a plant sitter, you can expect to earn somewhere between $10-$15 dollars per day. The biggest issue with this type of work is that there is limited potential to how much you can get promoted. A plant sitter is self-employed, so you can’t get promoted. The only way to get more money as a plant sitter is by working with more plants and more homeowners. Your maximum pay can still be quite high, as you can take on many plants at a time. But nevertheless, it’s a great experience and can improve how responsible you are, and it can show future employers that you are accountable and responsible. All in all, plant sitting is great for short-term jobs, but not a great option for a long-term future.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Plant Sitter?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen plant sitter.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin, you’ll need to determine how many plants you can take on at a time. The more you take on, the more money you can get from plant-sitting. You will have to factor in that each homeowner will probably take one hour with their garden and plants. And then you have to add in the time it takes for you to get from house to house. Try to take as many plants as possible, but don’t overdo it. You may not have enough time to do it, and then some plants will die and wilt, which will land you in huge trouble with the homeowners.
  3. Now that you’ve determined how many plants you can take on, you should get supplies. Most homeowners will give you the supplies needed for plant sitting, but it would still be great to have a backup amount of plant supplies. You can look online for a list of tools needed for gardening, which will provide you with a very detailed and comprehensive list of the stuff you need. You don’t need to get all of this, just the bare essentials.  Or, if you’d like to get a nice gardening kit on Amazon it’s a great place to start.
  4. Find a job. We recommend going around in your neighborhood to look for jobs and to possibly consider Craigslist as well.  There are a lot of people who need this service, it’s just a matter of finding the right people.  Also, it isn’t a bad idea to put fliers all over the neighborhood either.
  5. Once you’ve found a few positions, apply. Whether it’s applying online or applying in person, you should give them a reference. A reference will show that you are serious about doing this and that you are a responsible person. If you’ve had other work experiences, tell them about it. If you don’t get the job, don’t worry. Also, try to aim for the amount of plant sitting jobs as you determined before.
  6. Congrats, you’re officially a plant sitter. You may think it’s a trivial job at times, when you are going from house to house, watering plants, but it’s a great way to earn money with your spare time. Also, it’s a great experience to have and will help you land even more great jobs in the future.

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • Amazon.com:  Here are a bunch of nice gardening sets to get started as a plant sitter.
  • Craigslist.org:  A place where you can potentially find plant sitting customers, but we highly recommend that you only work with friends and family.
  • HGTV.com:  This is a nice compilation of the tools you'll need to be a plant sitter.  keep in mind that plant sitting and be a lot like gardening, it depends what your client wants.