Babysitting your way to money: the complete guide to becoming a productive babysitter.
Becoming a nanny is a great way to make money. Picture it: a part-time job that will allow you to produce incomes, it is adjusted to your schedules, and you decide whether to take a shift or not, depending on your availability.
It will seem silly to you, but much more people than you imagine need someone like you to care for their children. However, there is one of these two things that is preventing them from doing so:
- They may not even know you exist, and you are the best nanny!
- They may not recognize the need to have someone to look after their children.
Unfortunately, many nannies (and other types of workers) only focus on meeting the first objective: publicize and make themselves be known. However, that is not enough. You have to make parents see that not only need you but also they want to have you to look after your children.
The real deal about being a babysitter:
- Babysitting is a demanding work that requires lots of attention and skills:
You have to be aware that the people that contracts you are leaving in your hands the person or persons they love the most.
Abilities as recognize the fever, the hunger and the boredom on babies might be difficult if you have no prior experience with kids. Also, you have to take advantage of toys, songs and small games to keep the kids well attended.
Do not think that babysitting is a simple job, just because you could believe that the baby will be asleep and quiet while you are around.
- Do not look for continued babysitting gigs in the first two months after starting:
Starting with short babysitting shifts will assure you enough preparation.
- Babysitting can be an overwhelming work if you are not patient enough:
The most extenuating babysitting gigs are the ones when you have to take care of kids from two years to six years old. They are just learning skills; they are mischievous, and silence is suspicious. Your constant supervision is required.
How to begin as a babysitter:
Make yourself be known: Gain some experience babysitting your friends and relatives’ kids, get them to recommend you to their knowns and friends.
Place cards or announcements in strategical places:
- Where kids go:
Daycares, educative installations, parks, family restaurants.
- Where moms and dads go:
Gym, social or community centers, churches, offices, supermarkets or grocery shops.
- Where you can be discovered:
Fiverr, LinkedIn, Facebook.
Your cards or announcements must have your contact information, your availability and a picture that reflects positive attitude: sweetness is the key to making parents see that you could be someone that make their kids feel comfortable. Establish a range of ages according to your experience or preferences.
Get to know the kids you are babysitting
After asking “what is your name and age?” (If the child can speak), it is important that you ask the parents the following about the children’s health. This way you will avoid surprises later:
- Does the kid have any illness you should know about?
- What does the kid like to eat?
- Are the kids allergic to anything? For example, some children are allergic to insect bites, such as bees.
- Does the child have asthma?
- Is the kid taking medicine? What, at what time and at what dose?
Make a tour of the house.
Before you are alone with the children, ask their parents to walk around the house with you. You have to get to know where you can find the things that you may need:
- The medicine cabinet – in case of a bump or a cut (anything is possible).
- The food – in case you get a tantrum from hunger, or just hungry.
- Diapers and clothing – in the event of any odorous and cumbersome accident.
- The keys – you never know when you will need to go out for a diaper bag.
- The phone – for emergency calls.
- The fire extinguisher and alarm.
Get ready for an emergency
Emergencies do not happen every day, but it is important that you be prepared for when they arrive:
- Ask the owners of the house to leave you the numbers of their cell phones and the data of where they will be
- Always have a list of emergency telephone numbers such as the police, fire department, ambulance.
- Ask for the data of the children’s health insurance and the phone number of the pediatrician or doctor of trust
- Ask them to leave you the complete address of the house, in case you need it to inform where you are
- Ask the data of someone in the family or a trusted neighbor who can be called in case the parents are not available
- If you can, go to a First Aid course, so that you are ready, if offered
Do not neglect while you babysit
One of the most important tasks of your job as a nanny is avoiding distraction. It will seem exaggerated, but it is not. While you watch TV for a second, a child can eat the ground of the plant or play with the dishes. Yes, in a second!
Never underestimate a baby or a child just because they are smaller than you. Remember that a kid manages to expect any oversight from adults to get what they want, either reaching for the jar of the cookies they forbid or stick a finger into the electrical outlet to find out what’s behind.
So stay alerted and never neglect children, especially in the following situations:
- In the tub, because falling, swallowing water or even drowning are hazards.
- In the kitchen, especially when you are cooking something.
- Close to a balcony or stairs.
- In bed. You never know when they can flip and fall, or have trouble breathing
Moreover, never neglect a child when you leave the house to go to the park or the store.
Carpentry issues about babysitting:
- Make an agenda and place your dates.
- Whenever you are not available to work because you are already booked, let the other parents know that you have another babysitting work that day (self-promotion for future works).
- Get to know other babysitters and try to provide them with an alternative in the case you are not available. You will shine because you go further by
Modalities of babysitting:
You can provide the following modalities of babysitting to your clients or choose the one that better suits you:
- In your place: parents bring the kids to your house. Pros: You can take care of as many children as you sincerely can and get some help too. Cons: You have to condition your place to be kids’ safe, they will make some mess too. The parents could have delays to pick their child, and if you are not clear enough, establishing a fee, you might be working overtime for free. Try charging a whole hour to your fees if the delay is about 15 minutes or more.
- In the child’s place: you go to the house where your services are required. Pros: That could become a long-term job. That means you have earned trust; you better keep it. You will count on some food and snacks while attending the child, toys, and facilities to babysit. Cons: fewer kids to take care of, fewer incomes, you have to care for the whole house and the client’s belongings. Do not mess it up.
The money issues: How will you charge for your babysitting shifts?
Depending on how many kids are you taking care of, the number of hours you are going to babysit, you can charge a standard amount between $10 and $15 per hour. Staying over could cost an average of $20 per hour.
- Earning trust is important in the first couple of months.
- Parents could be watching your performance during your shift.
- Always work with the kids as if their parents were there.
- Dedicate some time to play, some time to feed, some time for bathroom, and some moments just to let the kids be free in a controlled environment where you supervise.
- Always ask for emergency phone numbers of relatives and places where you can reach the parents just in case.
- Ask for further last time instructions: the rush to go out can make folks tend to forget stuff they want to tell you.
Babysitting is a great way to make money. Indeed, it is, you just have to develop a name and a reputation for the babysitting services you provide in your community, your services will be required, and money will me earned.
Now you are ready to start making money as a babysitter!