You are reading this right now because you are a prepared, proactive, teen that gets tons of babysitting jobs for 13 year olds and makes loads of money. Not yet? Well, I’ll make you a promise.
Keep reading and I will connect you with the resources you need to become a babysitter at 13: an awesome money-making machine. Imagine this:
You are the favorite babysitter in the neighborhood, and because you have fun playing with kids every weekend, you have enough money for the new pair of shoes you were dying to have, you’re snap chatting with the best camera phone on the market, and are saving up to buy a bright red Volkswagen bug for when you get your license.
And here is how.
5 Tips for getting babysitting jobs for 13 year olds
Babysitting for 13 year olds is a great option for making money. These 10 tips will work for both beginners wondering where to start and experienced babysitters who want to turn their occasional gig into a full-blown babysitting business.
There are 13 year old babysitting jobs and you can find them, land them, and make consistent money from them. If you are really serious about this, we’ve got more:
Check out our Babysitting Business Academy. You’ll get hours of training, tons of babysitting tips, and several babysitting flyer templates, and other downloads that will help you make some big money from your babysitting business at 13. Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
Tip # 1: Do This and You Will Get Paid More as a 13 Year Old Babysitting
Take a CPR class or even better, a babysitting course. The Red Cross offers both kinds of courses across the country and online. They are simple and affordable.
It only requires 4 hours to complete and could result in higher rates and more tending jobs. If you are hesitant about spending $30 for the course, just remember that it only takes one or two nights of babysitting to put that money right back in your pocket.
Click here to sign up for a course!
P.S. The Red Cross babysitting course will teach you what to do in emergencies and how to handle unexpected situations. Our babysitting course will teach you how to market yourself, impress parents, and land more babysitting jobs. Don’t sign up for one thinking you will get the other.
Tip # 2: The Mistake that Kills Your Babysitting Business Before it Even Starts
Want to know the error that keeps your peers only making a fraction of what they could be? You might be surprised by what it is.
Every family with children will eventually need a babysitter. So here is the mistake:
A 13 year old babysitter often believes that those who need him/her will come to him/her. This is false. You have got to go to them.
Imagine that every parent you meet has a dollar sign over their head. Even if they don’t have young children, chances are they know someone who does. Parents talk.
Just open your mouth and let people know, “I have started a babysitting business. Do you know anyone with children under 10 that I could contact?” This is called networking. And, just as the name would indicate, it creates a net that catches all of your next jobs. And it works.
Lacking confidence? This advice might help.
Tip # 3: How to Become the Favorite Babysitter (Get Your Free Gift!)
This movie may be old, but it is a classic. Do you remember Mary Poppins?
Mary Poppins was the babysitter of all babysitters. In a well-known scene, she meets the children she will babysit and then opens up her bag. The children watch, amazed, as she pulls out a hatstand, a full-sized mirror, a large plant, a lamp, some shoes, and things to entertain the children. Simply because of the magic bag, the children say, “She’s wonderful!”
Although you will be pulling games and crafts out of your bag, not unusually large decorative objects, the kids you babysit will find it just as magical. This is a great way to get the kids to love you—have a fun bag.
Tip # 4: Your Formula for How Much to Charge as a Babysitter at 13
You can charge anywhere from $3.50/hr to $15/hr, depending on your experience, certifications, and the needs of the children. Consider starting with a base rate (on the lower end if you are just starting) and adding a couple of dollars per hour per kid. For example:
Ava is a 13 year old babysitter who charges $4 per hour for the first child, with an extra $2 per hour for each additional child.
|Number of Kids||1||2||3||4|
|What Ava Charges||$4||$6||$8||$10|
When she babysits the Martinez baby (just one child) she charges $4 per hour. When she babysits the Jorgensens (who have 3 kids), she charges $8 per hour (4+2+2).
This is just a basic model to follow. There are other things to consider that we cover in the “How Much do I Charge” section of our Babysitting Training course. Click here for more information.
Tip #5: To Babysitters That Want Consistent Clients But Can’t Seem to Find Them
Occasional gigs are great if you want some extra cash every now and then. But if you want a regular income, it takes a little extra work. Watch this video for ideas! This is also key:
Stay at the forefront of potential clients’ minds. Parents with kids will eventually need a babysitter. Are you going to be the first one they think of?
“But the Williams already have a babysitter that they use. They always call Andrea.” Well, Andrea will inevitably be sick or out of town when the Williams need her. Who will they think of next? If you have contacted them recently or left a flier with them, they will probably call you. But how much should you contact them?
This can be a tough balance to manage. How much is too much?
We’ve got a great formula for you to use in our Babysitting Training Course. We’ve got scripts as well, so you will know exactly what to say. Let’s not forget the tracking documents too, that help you keep track of your leads and be just the right amount of pushy.
Download our Babysitting Training Course for all of our detailed material.
Good luck! I hope you’ve learned some great ideas for how to start a babysitting business for 13 year olds.
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