At 41, Stephanie Perry give up her job as a pharmacy tech to journey for a yr in Asia on her financial savings – after which by no means seemed again.
The entrepreneur, housesitter, and creator is now inspiring Black girls to take a profession break to journey the world (and stay their finest lives) by house-sitting in trade for journey lodging.
By Trusted Housesitters – the world’s largest pet sitting community – Perry has embraced her new nomadic profession by the use of over 30 pet-sits, from cats in Boston to canine in Chapala, Mexico. Stephanie sees house-sitting as a win-win: house owners are capable of relaxation confidently realizing that their four-legged buddies are well-cared for, and she or he will get a bit of little bit of companionship together with a brand new city to discover.
Since 2015, she has ventured to Hawaii, the Netherlands, and extra, offering sources alongside the way in which. Stephanie has co-founded the Exodus Summit, began the weblog Vaycarious, and posts suggestions and tips to her YouTube Channel.
By turning into a Trusted Housesitters member, pet house owners have entry to limitless pet-sitting beginning at $129 per yr, offered by a community of pet-loving sitters who supply their companies without cost, in trade for a welcoming place to remain to accommodate their distinctive journey life. Pet house owners can keep away from costly and anxiety-inducing kennels, whereas their sitter finds a heat, fuzzy companion wherever their adventures take them.
We caught up with Perry to be taught extra.
Why was it so vital so that you can have your corporation cater to Black girls?
Black girls usually get the messaging that we exist to assist different individuals stay their finest lives to the exclusion of our personal pleasure. Black girls in America hardly ever get the chance to stay our lives on our personal phrases with out worrying about different individuals’s reactions or how they’ll be affected. We’re consistently striving for the subsequent stage of excellence whereas getting additional and farther from our personal peace of thoughts. It is a drawback. And home sitting generally is a resolution. If Black girls can take time away from work to do what we need to do, it may well open up a brand new world for us.
Do you’ve a favourite home that you’ve got stayed in whereas sitting?
One among my favorites was on the west coast of Florida on an unique island with a golf cart to get round, a non-public pool and a tremendous yard. I’ve additionally sat for a household in Amsterdam throughout Easter, and I used to be capable of go to lovely tulip farms within the Netherlands. The houses have been beautiful getaways for me that got here with the cutest furry buddies to maintain me firm. Each of those households have been additionally very welcoming and type to me, which makes me much more glad that I get to assist them stay their very own household journey dream whereas I maintain issues for them again dwelling.
What do you say to those that don’t suppose this way of life is possible?
For those who can work from a pc, you have already got the chance to be a terrific pet and home sitter. Whereas many pet and home sitters are retirees, they inform me that they might not have waited this lengthy to begin prioritizing journey now that they’ve skilled it by Trusted Housesitters.
Has the pandemic affected your travels/enterprise?
The massive change is that I keep put in locations longer, and naturally I construct within the mandatory quarantine time in between sits. That is additionally a time the place individuals are reordering and reprioritizing relaxation. Trusted Housesitters permits time for relaxation you could’t get elsewhere.
What sort of pets do you want to sit down?
Earlier than becoming a member of Trusted Housesitters, I’d have mentioned I used to be a canine particular person. However home sitting turned me right into a cat particular person. Cats are fantastic, they’re usually pretty low upkeep. I’m additionally on the lookout for rooster sits – it’s one thing I’d like to test off my listing!