Are You a Beekeeper or a Dog Walker?

June 30, 2017


Full disclosure: I don’t have a dog, and this is not about beekeepers (or pest control experts) and dog walkers. It’s about you.

After some quick research, I’ve learned that if you want to hire someone to walk your dog, you should expect to pay about $15 to $20 for a 20-minute walk. That may not seem like much, but if you pay someone to walk your dog once a day every day, the cost adds up to $105 to $140 per week. That’s $420 per month, conservatively, and $5,040 or more per year to walk the dog.

For comparison, let’s say you discover a beehive somewhere in or around your house. When you consider risk factors and the need for pest removal expertise — or for the sake of simplicity in this article, "beekeeper" expertise — you can expect to pay more for beehive removal than you would for someone to walk your dog. Beekeepers charge anywhere from $100 to $700 to remove one beehive.

Common sense tells us why beekeepers can charge more than dog walkers. They offer expertise and will take risks you don’t want to take. Or, they may just be willing to do something that’s not in your wheelhouse. So you are willing to pay more. But because it’s rare to find a beehive on your property, the expense is one-off.

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