Have you been researching ways to supplement your income without having to leave home to do it? Maybe you have children of your own, and you realize that paying a babysitter will take more of your paycheck than you can afford, so working outside the home is just not an option. Why not take advantage of the fact that you have experience, you have a place to operate a profitable business, and open a babysitting business for parents who need just such a service? You won’t have to spend tons of money to get started because you probably already have what you need, which is one reason babysitting is such a profitable enterprise
Basically, all you have to do is make sure your home is childproof and safe, and start advertising what you are offering. Of course, you are not going to be able to take on more kids than is reasonable. You have to be able to divide your attention between them, and too many children in the home at one time can be very hectic. Decide on the number of young ones you can realistically handle before you start. Working at home should be pleasant and stress-free, not having you tear your hair out because you can’t keep up. Be sensible about how much you can do. Ask yourself what age bracket you will be most comfortable caring for. Do you prefer newborn babies, or are toddlers more what you are thinking of? What age are your own children?
Perhaps you have a friend who is willing to help you out a few hours each day. This can take some of the pressure off you if you have youngsters in your home who are rambunctious and extremely active. Make sure you have a place outdoors that is fenced in so they can spend some time playing and burning off that excess energy they all seem to have! Kids can be so much fun, but can tend to wear you down after a while. If you are not prepared to handle this, maybe babysitting is not for you. You also need to really love them and enjoy their company. Looking at babysitting as just another way to earn money isn’t going to be as much fun as you thought it would be if you really don’t have an affinity for kids.
Patience, patience, patience! You are going to need a lot of it if you are going to operate a babysitting business. Even the best kids can have a day where nothing is right, they are not happy no matter what you do, and by the end of the day you may begin to question your sanity about this venture. That’s all part of the daily routine of raising children, even if they aren’t yours. The same child may come back the next day with a completely different attitude, and all will be well again. Your babysitting business is starting to look like a good idea after all.
How do you get clients? Advertise…a lot! Tell all your friends and relatives what you propose to do, take out ads in local newspapers, post fliers around town, take advantage of bulletin boards to put up notices, or even start a website. You may be quite surprised at the response you get. Babysitters, especially qualified and responsible ones, are in great demand, and you should have no trouble at all getting your business of the ground. Check around to see what other services are charging, and keep your fees in line with them. Overcharging is not the way to attract clients, so keep your rates reasonable.
Make your advertisements appealing, list your experience, any special services you are offering, and make sure to include information about activities and other things that may make a parent consider you as a babysitter. The more you have to offer, the better your chances are of having a business that can be profitable in the long run. If you are going to offer meals and snacks, educational opportunities, and fun time for the kids, make sure you include this information in your ad. Parents love the idea that their kids will be entertained while they are at the sitters, instead of being plunked in front of a television becoming bored and cranky. Have fun with your new enterprise, keep the kids happy, and your business will be a great success.