No need to start a daycare or run a small pre-school, you can start a drop-in babysitting service regardless of living in a rural area or small town.
Before and after school, children need care while their parents are still at work. When schools close for the day, such as for Teacher’s Conferences, holidays and special days, it’s difficult to find a last minute sitter. Parents also like to occasionally find a sitter who will watch their child at night, for a special date, an outing or for holiday shopping.
These are excellent occasions to have a drop-in or on-call babysitting service. No need to go to anyone’s house, you can have them drop off their child and pick them up when they return.
One babysitting service had a rate which was with reservations and another without reservations. The sitter charged by the hour (usually $5 per hour with a reservation – $10 per hour without) and provided toys, snacks, videos and games for the children. Infants are the most difficult to place since people usually require kids to be potty-trained before they will take the child. This is another great opportunity if you’re willing to take infants who sleep all the time, occasionally cry and need a diaper change every now and then.
Depending on the area in which you live, there may be some local regulations. However, most states allow a certain amount of children without having to obtain a license to run a day-care. Usually, it’s 4 children and under who are not your own. This means if you decide to care for a child on a weekly basis, you can expect to receive around $120 per week per child. That’s a nice little income for being able to stay at home.
Some babysitters have hot meals as well as snacks during the care time. Depending on your ability and location, you may decide to provide this as well.
The babysitting services which are by the hour, usually have a late fee if parents don’t pick up their child at the designated time. This is a great incentive for parents to get to your house on time.
Don’t be afraid to set the rules and let them know the fees upfront. It’s easier to make sure you are paid what you want rather than have the parents surprised when they return to collect their child.
Learn child first aid, read blogs about child care, get new ideas on how to entertain children and let parents know, you have the skills and qualifications.
These little guys are the pride and joy of their parents and it’s up to you to keep them safe and healthy when they are in your care.