By Jackie Lam
I reached out to a full-time sitter to find out how to go about landing a sitting assignment as well as what to consider when looking for jobs.

Schedule your gigs well ahead of time

“There are all kinds of different scenarios for people who house-sit,” said Kelly Hayes-Raitt, author of the book How to Become a Housesitter: Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva. Hayes-Raitt, whose house- and pet-sitting allows her to rent out her home in California, tries to plan her gigs as far out as possible. She currently has an annual six-month gig in Mexico every year, and plans to housesit in Paris early next year.