The Caretaker Gazette, a 27-year-old newsletter that publishes house sitting and property caretaking jobs, is experiencing a resurgence in interest in the tough economy. Here’s what the Caretaker Gazette offers (from their website):
The GAZETTE provides its subscribers with thousands of house sitting and property caretaking jobs each year. We have housesitting jobs in all 50 US States, Canada, Mexico and dozens of other countries.
All of our subscribers also receive, at no extra charge, email listings of new rent-free living opportunities (when property owners need to find house sitters very quickly) several times each week.
You can enjoy rent-free living as a property caretaker in desirable locations. Positions on estates, mansions, farms, ranches, resort homes, retreat centers, camps, hunting and fishing lodges, vacation homes, private islands, and any other kind of property imaginable are listed in The GAZETTE.
Unlike Craigslist, the Caretaker Gazette quality assures its postings. Also unlike Craigslist, you have to pay for a subscription.
The Gazette is an interesting example of a business model that has worked for a long time, but is really benefiting from the weak economy. House sitting opportunities start looking a whole lot better when you’re jobless, even homeless, but responsible and well-meaning.