Independence tastes good. I have a secret that will make it even sweeter: Taking babysitting jobs for 16 year olds can give you the money you need to do everything you want to do. Here’s how:
Take the calls, keep the spreadsheet, network (just like I will show you) and you will find that as a 16 year old babysitting, you will be able to afford more: eating out often with friends, gassing up for road trips, and the more expensive (but more fun) activities. That isn’t all.
You will be an entrepreneur! You won’t have to report to a boss, endure grueling and monotonous jobs, and you can take off all the time you want. Are you sold yet?
So, how do you start babysitting at age 16? I’ll lay it out for you.
5 Tips for getting babysitting jobs for 16 year olds
Babysitting jobs for 16 year olds is a great way to make money for busy teens. These tips will work wonders for your babysitting business, whether you are experienced or not. Another great resource:
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Tip # 1: How Much Should a 16 year old Babysitter Charge?
As a new driver, you have the potential to make more money in your babysitting gigs. (Click here for other ideas of how to charge more with a driver’s license.) Let’s look at the formula:
Babysitting jobs for 16 year olds are usually charged anywhere from $5/hr to $15/hr, depending on your certifications, experience, and the needs of the children. Consider starting with a base rate and adding a couple of dollars per hour per kid. For example:
Ashley is a 16 year old babysitter who charges $6 per hour for the first child, with an extra $2 per hour for each additional child.
|Number of Kids||1||2||3||4|
|What Ashley Charges per hour||$6||$8||$10||$12|
But that isn’t all. When you have additional responsibilities or the children have special needs, you can charge more per hour:
|Number of Kids||1||2||3||4|
|Charge per hour based on number of kids||$6||$8||$10||$12|
|Driving to schools/practices||+$2 per hour||+$3 per hour|
|Tutoring/Help with homework||+$5 per hour||+$2 per hour|
|Child with Unique Difficulties||+$2 per hour||+$5 per hour|
|What Ashley Charges per hour||$13||$12||$13||$17|
Think about the families you babysit. Could you offer to add driving to and from school to the deal and increase your rate for it? This is a great way for a babysitter at 16 to get paid more.
For more tips and tricks on how to maximize how much you make, check out the “How Much do I Charge” section of our Babysitting Business Academy.
Tip # 2: You, the Funnest, Richest Babysitter
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 nanny and then opens up her bag. The children watch, riveted, 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. It also makes babysitting jobs for 16 year olds more fun for you, too!
Tip # 3: This Trick Landed Elizabeth in AZ a $800 Summer Babysitting Job
Elizabeth had babysat for several family friends when the Poletti’s moved in. They needed a sitter on Friday nights, but were wary of leaving their kids with someone they barely knew.
So, Elizabeth offered to be “Mother’s Helper” for an afternoon. She went to the Poletti home while Mrs. Poletti was still around. She cheerfully did whatever Mrs. Poletti needed and she had fun with the kids. She discovered this:
A few free hours of service (while winning the kids’ hearts) is well worth the unpaid time.
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Elizabeth soon became the #1 babysitter for the Poletti’s. They even recommended her to a work friend with deep pockets who needed a babysitter for her little boys. Elizabeth was hired on the spot. Elizabeth ended the summer with an extra $800 in her bank account.
Tip #4: How to Turn a Contact into Babysitting Jobs for 16 year olds
If you get serious about starting a babysitting business at age 16, it will pay off. In this tip, we are going to talk about two ways you can stay in the forefront of potential clients’ minds so that they call you when they need a babysitter.
#1: Pass out filers.
Fliers can keep you at the forefront of potential clients’ minds. Every family with young kids needs a babysitter at some point. You want your contact info in a place they remember so they can contact you when they need you.
#2: Keep in touch.
We talk about this more in our Babysitting Business Academy. Maintaining contact via phone or email can make you the first babysitter a couple thinks of when they need help.
For more ideas about how to be the first to get the call, watch this video!
Also, you are now old enough to create an account on care.com—the go-to site for parents looking for reliable babysitters. It is a great place to find babysitting jobs for 16 year olds. If you want more clients, create an account today!
Tip # 5: How You Can Still Gain Trust When the Kids are Crazy
Last night at the Garcia’s, when you left to change the baby’s diaper, Thomas gave Sophia a bloody nose. There was blood on the carpet and all over Sophia’s dress. You started with Sophia, trying to get her to stop crying and stop bleeding, all the while wondering what her brother was up to in the other room.
Sure enough, when you returned to the playroom, toys had been dumped onto the floor (including the giant tub of legos). You tried to get him to clean up, but he refused. Time out didn’t work. In fact, it was like the little rascal determined to make your life as difficult as possible. Somehow, you made it through dinner but trying to get Thomas to do his nightly routine before bed was like trying to get a sloth to play dodgeball. When the parents came home, Thomas was jumping on his bed, half naked and armed with a toothbrush that was leaving toothpaste remnants all over his clothes and bedding.
You felt frustrated and exhausted. You probably assumed you would never get a job from the Garcia’s again. But remember this:
Thomas’ parents know (much better than you do) that Thomas can be difficult. If you communicate with them, letting them in on the good, the bad, and the ugly, you can still earn their trust. So what is this tip all about?
Communication. Tell the parents how you handled the crazy situations and they will respect you for it. You might be surprised—a bad night might get you more future jobs than a good night.
In our Babysitting Business Academy, we give specific pointers for how to talk to parents about your experience in your babysitting jobs for 16 year olds. Keep your eyes open, it’s coming soon!.
So there you have it. Hopefully that helps you in starting your babysitting business at age 16. We will have more, so keep coming back.