How nice would it be to have your own car when you get your license? You may be surprised to learn that babysitting jobs for 15 year olds could get you there. Want to know how??
Keep reading and I will show you how to become a babysitter at 15 and make it worth your while.
Maybe it isn’t a car you want, maybe it is something else. But keep it in your mind, believe that it is possible, and jump in.
5 Tips for getting babysitting jobs for 15 year olds
Babysitting for 15 year olds can make you a lot of money. Whether you are wondering where to begin or if you already have a fair amount of experience babysitting, these 5 tips will help you be even more successful. But there is more:
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Now, to the good stuff!
Tip # 1: What Everybody Ought to Know About Finding New Clients
I am going to share with you a trick that separates the once-in-a-while babysitters from the money-keeps-rolling-in babysitters. It has to do with Alex the Lion.
Have you seen Madagascar…you know, the one where the zoo animals escape and end up on a lemur-infested island? If you have, you’ll remember that toward the end of the movie, Alex the Lion becomes very hungry and starts to see everyone around him as steaks. And…how does this apply to babysitting?
You’ve got to be hungry for new babysitting jobs so that you see them popping up all around. See every parent around you as a dollar sign—a new job or networking opportunity. Next time you are around some family friends who are parents, try this:
Start a conversation with them. At some point, they will probably ask what you are up to in your life. You could say this, “Actually, I am starting a babysitting business. Do you, by chance, know of anyone with younger children that I could contact?” You may be surprised by how many people you already know can hand you new jobs.
Even if they don’t have a contact in the moment, parents talk. They will remember you and give your information to other parents who have babysitting jobs for 15 year olds.
This little effort on your part can result in a full calendar (and bank account) later down the road.
Tip # 2: How to Charge More as a 15 Year Old Babysitting
Parents will pay you more if they trust that you know what to do in emergencies. You might be surprised to know that a CPR certification card or a babysitting class certificate could increase your rates significantly (at least $1-$5) in your babysitting jobs for 15 year olds.
Both CPR and babysitting courses are simple, affordable, and available all over the country (including online). The Red Cross offers both kinds of classes.
Each class is about 4 hours long and costs around $30. If you are hesitant about spending the course fee, remember that a single night of babysitting will probably put that money back in your pocket.
Click here to sign up for a course!
P.S. The Red Cross babysitting course will prepare you for unexpected situations and teach you basic first aid. Our Babysitting Business Academy is focused more on successful business practices (i.e. how to land more jobs, impress parents, etc.). Don’t sign up for one class thinking you will get the other one.
Tip # 3: The Simple Formula that Determines How Much You Should Charge
How much a babysitter can charge varies dramatically, from $3.50/hr to $15/hr. Here is a formula that simplifies it for you:
Start with a base rate (medium range for babysitting jobs for 15 year olds) and adding a couple of dollars per hour per kid. For example:
Hannah is a 15 year old babysitter who charges $5 per hour for the first child, with an extra $3 per hour for each additional child.
|Number of Kids||1||2||3||4|
|What Hannah Charges||$5||$8||$11||$14|
When she babysits the Taylor’s baby (just 1 baby) she charges $5 per hour. When she tends for the Andersons (who have 3 kids), she charges $11 per hour.
You can add $1-$5 to your base rate and/or the rate of each additional child for the following situations:
- One of the children has special needs (significant allergies you need to cook around, ADHD, requires unique discipline techniques, etc.)
- Parents expect things of you that are outside of normal babysitting behaviors (administering medicine, driving them to school or practices, tutoring, etc.)
- You have CPR/First Aid certification.
- You have completed a Babysitting Training Course.
Subtract appropriately from your base rate in the following situations:
- Children were napping or sleeping so you didn’t have to actually do very much.
This is only a basic model. There are other factors worth considering that we cover in the, “How Much do I Charge” section of our Babysitting Business Academy. Click here for more information.
Tip # 4: How to Make $ Multiply into $$$
Do the dishes. Pick up the toys. It is that simple. After you put the kids to bed, it might be tempting to turn on the T.V. or pull out your phone and text friends, but read this and it might change your mind.
If you go the extra mile and clean the house up, you are almost guaranteed to get another call from that family. Two gigs turns into three, three turns into a regular client, a regular client turns into steady babysitting jobs for 15 year olds ($$$).
Let’s simplify that:
Tip # 5: How to Earn Parents’ Trust on Bad Nights
Ever experienced this before? Last night as you were babysitting for the Wilsons’, the baby cried endlessly. As you were trying to put her down, the toddlers scribbled all over their books and bodies with markers. You tried to scrub them down, but all of a sudden, you smelled something burning and forgot that you left macaroni and cheese on the stovetop. The pasta is burned and the pan might be ruined. The kids get upset when you feed them toast and veggies because they wanted macaroni and cheese. They take so long to eat that it is way past bedtime before you get them in their pajamas. Jacob has a meltdown while brushing his teeth and the parents walk in to a horribly messy kitchen and find you trying to deal with their screaming child on the bathroom floor while the other two have a pillow fight.
Not your best night. You may think to yourself, “I have no hope of getting another gig with the Wilsons!” But don’t give up yet, there is a way to make up for this:
Communication. Tell the parents all the ups and the downs of the day. Explain what you did to combat each situation. Trust me, parents know things can go crazy. You can actually increase their trust in you by sharing with them what you did to deal with a difficult night.
If you want more pointers for how to communicate with parents in trust-building ways, check out our Babysitting Business Academy. We talk about communication in detail.
You Can Do It!
You are going to rock it! Hopefully these tools will help you in creating your babysitting business as a 15 year old.