You are reading this because you are a proactive, prudent young person that easily lands babysitting jobs for 14 year olds and rakes in the dough. Not yet? Well, what do you think of this?
Stay tuned and I will link you to everything you need to create a babysitting business at 14. As you do so, keep this image crystal clear:
You, as the best babysitter in the neighborhood (the one all the kids beg for), can stop shopping at the supermarket and take your business to the mall. You get better fitting jeans, higher quality make-up, and more unique accessories for your electronics. Your savings for college are looking great and you don’t have to count your pennies.
Discover how a 14 year old babysitting can make all of this a reality.
5 Tips for Getting Babysitting Jobs for 14 Year Olds
If you are serious about making money from 14 year old babysitting, we’ve got just what you need. This is a great age to start a babysitting business; you have time to set up a system and get repeat clients.
Babysitting for 14 year olds can turn into a steady source of entrepreneurial income as a 15, 16, 17, 18+ year old! These 5 tips work well for beginners and experienced babysitters. Keep this in mind as you read:
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Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
Tip #1: How Much do I Charge as a Babysitter at 14?
You’ve heard this before: it depends. But take a look at this formula to help you determine what you can charge.
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:
Madison is a 14 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 Madison Charges per hour||$4||$6||$8||$10|
When she babysits for the young couple across the street (just one baby) she charges $4 per hour. When she babysits the Allreds (3 adorable girls), she charges $8 per hour (4+2+2).
You can also add money for special needs children and/or special requirements. Like so:
|Number of Kids||1||2||3||4|
|Charge per hour based on number of children||4||6||8||10|
|Child with Special Needs||+$2 per hour||+$2 per hour|
|Driving to schools/practices||+$2 per hour||+$2 per hour|
|Tutoring||+$4 per hour||+$4 per hour|
|What Madison Charges per hour||$10||$8||$14||$12|
This basic model will hopefully help you know how to charge your clients for babysitting jobs for 14 year olds. There are other things to consider that we cover in our Babysitting Business Academy.
Tip #2: How Elizabeth in Arizona Made over $800 in One Summer (Mother’s Helper Jobs)
Elizabeth wanted to start babysitting, but was terrified of doing something wrong. She hadn’t done a lot of babysitting jobs for 14 year olds. Not to mention, most of the families she was interested in babysitting for didn’t really know her. Elizabeth learned that trust is important in babysitting and if parents don’t know you well, they are not likely to hire you.
So, Elizabeth offered to be a “Mother’s Helper” and go over to the Poletti’s home for a couple of hours while the mom was still there. She helped with chores and played with the kids. She learned this:
As a Mother’s Helper, if you can win the kids’ hearts, you will win the parents’ hearts too.
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After a couple of Mother’s Helper jobs with Mrs. Poletti, Elizabeth became their go-to babysitter. The Poletti’s eventually suggested Elizabeth for a bigger job and from those two families alone, Elizabeth made over $800 in one summer.
Not sure how to start that conversation? Check out our telephone, texting, and email scripts in our Babysitting Business Academy!
Tip #3: The Secret to Getting Families to Call You Again….And Again.
Wipe off the counters. Put the books away. It is that simple. Once the kids have fallen asleep, it might be tempting to watch a show or text your friends, but keep reading. The payoff is too great.
If you do a little bit of extra work and clean up the house, you are nearly guaranteed another gig with that family. Two nights turns into four, four becomes a regular client, a regular clients are what you need to make a steady income from babysitting jobs for 14 year olds.
Let’s put it a different way:
Tip #4: How to Get Your Name Out There
Babysitting every once in a while is great if you want some extra cash every now and then. But we’ve got some guaranteed ideas to help you make bank. Watch this video for ideas! This is also very important:
When parents need a babysitter, you want to be the first one they think of. So how do you stay in their memory? Here are three suggestions:
- Make a flier with all of your contact information and hand them out to parents you know. When you first tell them you are starting a babysitting business, they probably won’t need to schedule you. But, if you leave them with a flier, they will stick it in their purse or on their fridge and have something to go back to when they actually need you.
- Keep in touch with them frequently to remind them you are available. You don’t want to be overbearing, but an occasional email or phone call will do the trick.
- Create a care.com account. Care.com is an online network that parents can use to find babysitters. Your parents will need to join your account with you, but you can find some awesome babysitting jobs for 14 year olds there.
Check out our Babysitting Business Academy for flier templates and scripts for what to say, when to say it, and how to say it when trying to stay in touch.
Tip #5: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Make Money
Last night at the Jackson’s, the baby wouldn’t stop screaming and so you struggled to calm Jonny down when he got mad at Julia. He punched her in the face and gave her a bloody nose that ruined her brand new shirt. You tried to regain control, but the kids refused to eat their dinners or pay any attention to your rules. As the evening went on, they only got more ornery and fussy. To finish the night off, Jack was still jumping on his bed at 10 p.m. when his parents got home. In trying to get him to go to sleep, you didn’t have time to clean up and left the house a disaster.
Bad nights happen. You may be tempted to say, “Well, there goes my chance with the Jackson family!” Take courage in this:
If you know bad, parents know worse. They respect you for sticking it out.Your cool, confident, and positive attitude may equal out any bad behavior from the children and you may in fact earn their trust over a bad night instead of losing it.
In our Babysitting Business Academy, we talk more about how to communicate with parents in a way that will build trust, even on difficult days.
Best of luck! I think these ideas will really revolutionize your babysitting business as a 14 year old.