Do you make money from babysitting or are you just getting started? In this video I will share with you tips you just can’t pass up. You will learn how to get babysitting jobs. What you can charge, dos and dont’s and the secret to making kids and parents love you so you get the job over and over. You might also want to check out our article on babysitting tips or our Babysitting Business Academy.
How To Be A Good Babysitter-
Write down your skills and qualifications. In a survey I found the top qualities parents are looking for in a babysitter are: one who is responsible, honest, and one they know and trust. Make a list of the reasons why you are responsible, honest and trust worthy. That way you can refer back to it as you market yourself.
Since people choose their babysitter by who they know and trust, here are the best ways market to them. Put up a post on Facebook with your all qualifications. Make and print flyers to put on neighbors doors and use your parent’s contacts to call and directly tell people that you are now offering babysitting services and why they should call you next time they need a babysitter. We have a great template you can use in our Babysitting Business Academy.
How much can I charge?
Depending on your age, skills, qualifications and other local rates will largely determine how much you can charge. A good place to start is $2 to $3 per kid per hour. If that doesn’t seem right, ask on Facebook what people are willing to pay for a really good babysitter or just ask your parents.
When someone calls you to babysit write down all the details they give you, like what time to be there, and any other special needs or requests. Make sure you are on time. that is first way you can prove that you are responsible.
Before you go-
Before you go, put together a fun bag full of books, toys like cows and dinosaurs and treats to bribe the kids with. This is the secret to making kids love and obey you.
Before the parents leave-
Before the parents leave ask where things are, family rules, child’s routine and emergency contacts.
While you are babysitting-
The most important thing is to always keep and eye on the kids and have fun. It might surprise you to know that kids are the ones that determine if you get the again. Parents trust and listen to their kids. So make them love you and you will get the job over and over. Read them stories, play with them and use toys from your fun bag. Kids always love new toys. You can see how well it is working. Wait to use the treats from your fun bag until you need them to obey you. It is okay to text the parents if you have questions but don’t text or call friends while you should be playing with the kids. Make sure you don’t let kids play with mustard, and if a diaper looks like this then make sure you change it quickly. It will explode. And most importantly, make sure you don’t eat all their pickles.
Put the kids to bed at the time the parents said to. You never know when they might get home earlier than expected.
After kids go to bed-
After kids go to bed, make sure you don’t leave a mess. Clean the house and pick up all the toys, do the dishes, sweep the floor or any other jobs that need to be done around the house. This is what makes parents willing to pay more and will make you stand out from the normal babysitter. I promise if you do these extra assignments parents will want you back and pay you more.
After the parents return-
After they return, give thorough review of what happened and everything you did. Moms love to hear the details of how everything went. Tell them everything and they will trust you more. This is a great time to ask for referrals. Ask them to recommend you to their friends and you will get all the jobs you want.
You should know know exactly how to be a good babysitter. I want to hear what has worked for you. What are best tips that have helped you? Leave them in the comments below.