Babysitting is an easy and awesome way to make some money as a teenager. If are anywhere from ages 11 to 18 babysitting can be a great income source… as long as you like kids.
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How Do I Get Started?
To get started as a Babysitter you need to take a little training, start advertising yourself, and get ready for your first job. Parents pay more, and call back babysitters that have more training and more experience, so starting with training really matters!
How To Start Babysitting
- Complete classroom babysitter training
- Complete first aid training and a child CPR certification
- Download the MyFirstPaycheck Babysitter Worksheets
- Tell parents you know that you are a babysitter
To find local in-person babysitting classes open a browser and search Google for “hospital babysitting class“. You will find a lot of different results when you do this search. Hospitals and local cities generally provide the best classes. Look at those first.
To find first aid and CPR training look to your local fire department or the Red Cross. To find local fire department training search google for “CPR Training” and look for results from the fire agency near you. You will see a lot of results from private companies that do training. I suggest that you focus on your local fire department and skip the for-profit training programs. Be sure to take a class that provides child CPR certification in addition to adult certification.
First Aid Training is often also provided by the local fire department and sometimes there is a combined CPR & First Aid class you can take. If you cannot find anything near you there are some good online training programs from the Red Cross.
What is Babysitting?
Babysitting is taking care of children while their parents are away. Generally babysitters provide just a couple hours of child care at a time. Some common things to do while babysitting are playing with children, cooking a meal, putting kids to bed, and helping kids with homework.
Sometimes babysitters work on a regular schedule, for example, every Monday. Other times they work “On-Call” meaning they work when a parent calls to setup a time.
Babysitters earn from $8 to $20 per hour depending on their age, experience, qualifications, and the number and age of children they are watching.
What is The Difference Between a Nanny And a Babysitter?
Nanny’s work a lot more hours and on a regular schedule compared to babysitters. Generally Nanny’s work set hours each day. Some work before or after school. Others work all day. Nanny’s are often responsible for cleaning, cooking, and running errands for the family as well.
What Can I Charge?
There are four things that determine what you can charge:
- Your training and certifications
- Your experience
- Your ability to care for multiple kids
- The typical price parents pay where you live
If you are untrained you are probably going to earn the lowest rate. Parents look for trained babysitters… even if you have a lot of experience taking care of siblings. If you are trained and do no experience you can typically charge $$8 to 10 per hour.
If you have your training done and a year of experience you can generally charge $10-$12 per hour. The more experience you have (with training) the more you can charge.
If you have training and experience and you are able to watch multiple children or you are able to watch infants and babies you can generally charge more.
If you live in an area where people make a lot of money, or there aren’t many babysitters, you can charge more than where there are a lot of babysitters.
When you are negotiating a price with parents ask for a little higher number than you are worth… It does not mean you will get it, but if you ask for too little, that is all you will ever get as parents will accept it without argument.
How Do I Find Jobs?
The best ways to find babysitting jobs are:
- Let your parents, their friends, and your family know you are a babysitter
- Pass out simple hand-written cards to parents you know that have your name, phone number, and email address (don’t pass them out to people you don’t know)
- When you babysit for parents, ask them to tell their friends with kids about you
- Advertise on Care.com or SitterCity.com
Babysitting takes a little time to get going. Once you have a few good clients who trust you they will give you repeat business and they will tell their parent-friends.
In general you can post a job on websites like Care.com and SitterCity.com for free, however to get special placement in search results you will need a paid profile. Some parents will also filter out profiles where a background check is not on file, which you need to pay for. In most cases you clearly indicate whether you are trained. And, most parents searching for babysitters on these websites look specifically for trained sitters with background checks. These are great places to find jobs, just make sure you know what you are getting at the free level and whether it is worth moving to paid levels of membership.
Someone Called Me, What Do I Do?
When a parent calls you about babysitting their child you need to do the following:
- Get their name, address, and phone number
- Find out when and where they want you to babysit
- Find out how many children you will be caring for and whether they want you to do anything else while you are there
- Tell them about yourself, your training, your experience, and the rate you request
- Check your schedule to find out if you are available
- You might need to agree on the rate or price
- You might need to ask your parents for a ride or figure out if there are schedule conflicts before you agree to a job. If so, politely let the persona calling know that you will call them back to let them know if you are available
Once you have done this a couple times you will be really good at it. And, if you follow this 7-step list you will stand out from other babysitters.
How Do I Prepare For A Babysitting Job?
Once you have a job lined up you need to spend a little time getting ready. Here is our checklist for preparing for a job.
To prepare for a babysitting job:
- Make sure you have reliable transportation to the job
- Plan some activities for the children you are babysitting
- Plan a meal with the parents if you will be cooking
- Learn the routines that you need to follow while you are working. For example: nap time, bed time, bath time, etc.
- Put together a bag with anything you will need while you are there, such as snacks, a water bottle, and any toys or activities you are bringing to the job. It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit in your Babysitting Kit because you will not know where to find things like this the first time you are in someones house.
Want To Learn More?
There is so much more you can learn about becoming a babysitter! Take the official MFP training course: The Complete Guide To Becoming A Babysitter
You will learn:
- What training you need to take and why it is important
- Cheap and easy ways to advertise
- How to be ready for an interview
- How to prepare for your first job
- How to do a great job so that you can called back
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