Babysitters play a very important role in our society. After all, for many parents, what could be more valuable than the health and safety of their child? However, even in the face of this fact, the pay scale for babysitters is highly subject to too many external factors. Chief among these factors is geographic location. Having said that, this article will show you how to work from home as a babysitter as profitably as possible, no matter which state you may be babysitting in.
Skills and Qualifications
Babysitters may range from teenagers who are still in high school, to more mature individuals who have plenty of spare time. There is no fixed or standard educational qualification for babysitters. Most babysitting clients, though, prefer their children’s sitters to at least have a high school diploma.
Here are the basic skills that are desirable in a babysitter:
Employment Sectors to Target
The primary demographic that provides a good supply of babysitting jobs is that of married couples who work outside of the home. Single parents are the next demographic, followed by couples who want some time off for themselves, followed by parents who have a temporary illness or are temporarily incapacitated. And finally by parents who need to go out of town for a brief period. In the latter case, the babysitter usually works under the direction or guidance of a surrogate parent (usually a close relative or friend).
A babysitter is responsible for making sure that:
Babysitting rates vary according to location. For example, in San Francisco, the average rate for babysitters per child, per hour, stands at $14.00. Meanwhile, it is pegged at $9.75 per hour, per child, in St. Louis.
Getting the Competitive Edge
You can give yourself added value as a babysitter no matter where you may be located by:
Simply upgrading your skills can improve your chances of learning how to work from home as a babysitter profitably, while giving you a sense of self-fulfillment.