Hey, guys! I'm excited to continue The Babysitter Files series this week! Last week I looked at How to Find a Good Babysitter. This week I'll be looking at it from the opposite viewpoint with How to Find a Babysitting Job.
I babysat on the side before I had Clay and have continued since Clay has been born for a few reasons:
- I really like the families I babysit for.
- It gives me something to do on nights when Clay is at Mike's.
- It's a great way to supplement my income so I can stay home two mornings a week with Clay.
- After the kids go to bed I have "me" time. I get to blog. Paint my nails. Watch tv. All without feeling guilty about all the things that need to be done at home.
Where to look
That being said, I haven't started babysitting for new families lately but I remember when I first started that it was difficult knowing where to start. Here are few ideas of places to look:
- Sittercity. It's free to join as a sitter and you can search through listings and apply for jobs. For $10 Sittercity will run a background check on you that lasts a year and "certify" you. (Also, care.com but I personally never used it but I imagine it is similar to Sittercity.)
- If you already babysit, let the family know that you're okay with them passing along your info to friends.
- If you're a college student, ask around and see if the college keeps a list of babysitters for professors and others who inquire.
- Make a flyer. Hang it up at your apartment complex, church, wherever!
Tips for getting the job
After you find a family, then what? If you don't know the family, more than likely they will invite you over for an interview/get to know the family. A few things to remember:
- Dress accordingly. I usually wear nice jeans and a nice top. Look nice but dress comfortably if you end up playing on the floor with the kids.
- Bring any certification cards in case the parents want to see them (CPR, First Aid) and bring a list of references (if they haven't already asked).
- Bring your planner. I've had a mom book me for five different dates at the end of an interview before.
- Be on time. Duh.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. If the parents don't supply the info, ask about allergies or if there's anything you need to know about the child(ren).
- Have a rate that you charge. Most parents will ask. I'm not going to discuss rates because it honestly depends on where you live. However, I will say that the more kids, the more I charge. I usually do a scale: 1-2 kids= $X, 3+kids= $X + $1 for each additional child.
Chances are if you make a good impression and are an awesome babysitter, you'll become that family's go-to babysitter and they will happily give you referrals!