Babysitter Jobs

By Eric Hammer

Believe it or not, babysitter jobs are no longer the exclusive province of teenage kids who are making pocket change on the side. Today, babysitting jobs and babysitters come in all shapes and sizes and are increasingly seen a legitimate option for those searching for a job in these tough economic times. Here's what you need to know:

First of all, babysitter jobs are becoming more prevalent and more professional. With today's generation of so called "helicopter parents" wanting to be even more careful about whom they entrust their children to, it's not unusual for parents to demand references and to look specifically for an adult rather than a teenager.

Another phenomenon leading to the adoption of babysitter as a job for adults is the sheer prevalence of single parents looking for someone to take care of their children while they go out on a date. This fact alone means that you can easily find babysitter jobs in every major city as long as you are a responsible adult.

How Much Can You Make?

Babysitter jobs vary greatly in the amount paid for them. Some people still pay just $4-$5 per hour for a babysitter, though that amount is usually paid to older children to take care of younger children. Adult babysitters with references can easily find jobs for as much as $15 per hour or more, if they work in wealthier areas where parents have enough disposable income to pay for an adult babysitter (note that for that kind of money, you may also be asked to help with other chores, such as tutoring, carting the kids to events or even helping with doing the laundry and or dishes).

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Keep in mind that some people still think babysitter jobs should be the exclusive province of teenagers and will pay an amount commensurate with that expectation. However, if you can find parents who want a more mature babysitter, it's much easier to command better money, if you can provide references. If you've never held any babysitter jobs in the past, it's a good idea to consider getting some references by doing the job for friends, family or neighbors so that you can see what it's like and get those all important references.

For those looking to work with children full time, consider looking into working as a full time day care worker rather than just looking at babysitter jobs. While babysitting often can pay more per child than day care, day care typically allows you to take in multiple children from different parents whereas babysitting means only taking care of the children the individual parent or parents have.

You may also want to consider offering special rates for last minute babysitter jobs. Parents are always complaining about a babysitter canceling at the last minute and this can be a good way to earn more money than you might otherwise earn.

Qualifications / Requirements

While there are generally no legal requirements for babysitting, those wishing to get the best babysitter jobs should be prepared to work hard and to get good references. You need to be extremely responsible and you need to be able to show up on time and stay up for as long as is needed until the parents come home.

First Steps

Start by advertising your services in your local community. Create some flyers and ask people to post them for you in places frequented by parents, such as supermarkets and day care centers. Be sure to have references ready as well so that parents know who they are leaving their children with.


Check out these helpful resources to learn more about babysitter jobs:

Indeed: Babysitter Jobs - A jobs board where you can find babysitter jobs all over the country from parents looking for a long term relationship with a babysitter. Babysitter Jobs - While the rates are a bit unrealistic for some situations, this is a good general guideline to how much you can expect to earn as a babysitter.

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