Babysitting isn’t just for 14-year-old girls. Any responsible adult can make money babysitting. If you don’t like kids, you should move on to something else, but if you are great with kids, you can make a nice, profitable business of it, even if it’s just part time. Here are just a few steps to get you started in the right direction.

Prepare Yourself

Before you can make money babysitting, you have to make sure you’re ready and know what you’re doing. If you’re responsible, great. That’s the first step. You also need to:

  • Be able to handle children, both well-behaved and not-so-well-behaved.
  • Know how to take care of every situation including emergencies.
  • Know how to take care of young kids and infants carefully and responsibly.
  • Be able to keep the children busy and help them finish what needs to get done.

These are just a few things you need. As you go, you’ll learn more and gain more experience. You’ll also need to have transportation to get to babysitting jobs and a clear schedule to be able to babysit more. That brings us to our next step.

Clients

Once you know how to babysit, you can begin searching for clients. Clear your schedule. If you have 50 hours a week of availability, that doesn’t mean you’ll work for 50 hours a week. Even if you only work 20 hours a week, having a large selection of availability will make parents happier and turn them into repeat customers.

Spread the word among friends and family about your new babysitting endeavor. If you have a lot of friends and family with kids, this will be a lot easier and more effective. If not, you might have a little more work to do. You can also try looking for work online through a website like Care.com. Working with people you know is good because parents should trust you more, but sometimes a service is the only way to get work. Either way, in many cases a few clients is plenty to keep you busy.

Payment

It’s a good idea to be set with your prices beforehand. If they ask you how much you charge and you reply, “Hmm, well… I don’t know…”, that’s not going to go over well. Come up with a rates sheet. Charge more for younger children, multiple children, or children with special needs. Give discounts for having more than one child (ie. charge more for the second child, but not as much as the first). You can always change this as you go, but starting with concrete amounts helps prevent confusion.