If you like working with your children, babysitting can be a great way to make extra money. While many think that just about anyone can babysit, today’s mothers can be picky about who they choose to watch their children. But there are things you can do to develop a great babysitting profile which will ensure you will bring in plenty of extra income.
Read on to find out about some ways you can make money babysitting.
How to Become a Babysitter
- Create a Resume and List it Online: Start by creating a resume that lists all your past babysitting experience as well as any characteristics that you think will make you more likely to get hired. Then post the resume online. You can start your own website or list on places like LinkedIn. Care.com, Sittercity and general employment sites like Indeed are great for connecting babysitters with parents.
- Make Business Cards: While networking online is a great resource, there’s nothing like a personal touch. Make up some business cards and hand them out at schools and parks so you can connect with people who might need a babysitter.
- Start with People You Know: If you have friends and family with a small child, ask to watch them for a low price or for free. This is a great way to build up a resume and people you know will be more likely to hire you when you are starting out.
- Join Online Communities: Check your social media sites to see if there are online communities that connect parents with babysitters.
- Get a Background Check: There are many services that will provide free background checks. You can run one on yourself and provide it with your resume to save potential employees from going through the trouble while giving them the peace of mind they are looking for.
- Join an Agency: There are many babysitting agencies that have a staff of freelance babysitters that they hire out to parents. StudentNannies.com is just one example. Sign up to find out what extra income they can help you bring in.
- Learn CPR: Almost every parent will require you to have CPR and first aid skills if you are going to be watching their children. Do yourself a favor and take an online course to learn these skills before even trying to get work. Be sure to add your certification to your resume and all your online listings.
How Much Should I Charge?
Parents can expect to pay an average of $15.87 an hour for a babysitter. If you are new to the industry and you are trying to undercut the competition, you may lower your rates, so they are closer to minimum wage in the city where you live.
On the other hand, if you offer extra services like preparing meals, cleaning the house and helping the child with homework, you may be able to increase what you charge. Here are some other ways you can do this.
- Stay Overnight: Rather than an hourly rate, you can charge parents a lump sum for this type of venture.
- Work Breaks and Holidays: Not only will babysitters be in demand during these times, sacrificing your own holiday means you can charge up to double of what you would normally make.
- Be Flexible: If parents call you last minute, try to be accommodating. Not only will this make your employees more loyal, it is hopeful they will be willing to pay extra for your efforts.
- Offer to Work Parties and Events: If your employer is planning a party, offer to attend so you can keep the children entertained while the adults socialize.
- Ask for Travel Expenses: If you have to take a cab or go a considerable distance in your car to get to your client’s house, ask if they would be willing to cover your travel expenses. If they refuse, see if you can get them to pay you a slightly higher rate.
How to Be a Good Babysitter
Finding work as a babysitter is one thing, but if you are good at your job, the children will give you favorable reviews and the parents will become more loyal clients and may refer you to other parents. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure you are doing your job well.
- Engage with the Kids: Lounging out on the couch and looking at your phone might be tempting, but the more you engage with the children you are babysitting, the more they will like you. Plan activities you know they will enjoy so they can have fun spending time with you. After all, if the kids are happy, the parents will be happy.
- Clarify the House Rules: Talk to the parents to find out what the house rules are. Then make sure the children understand you are in the know. If they ask to do anything you’re not comfortable with, just say no. Remember, children may try to take advantage and misbehave when mommy and daddy are not around. Establish you are in charge to prevent his type of behavior.
- Keep the House Clean: It may not be your job to clean the house but be sure to take care of small messes and spills. If parents come home to a messy house, they will not be happy.
- Report Back: Let parents know what happened during your time with the children. Be sure to include both the good and the bad. This will let parents know you are attentive.
- Be Reliable: Show up to your job on time and try to stick to any work schedule you may have. If you are unable to stick to your schedule, give parents as much advance notice as possible
Babysitting can be an enjoyable way to make income and it can also teach you valuable life skills that can pay off in your personal and professional life. Hopefully this article has given you important information that can help you turn your love of children into a lucrative career, wishing you the best of luck in your endeavors!
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