How can I get started babysitting so I can stay with my baby too?

Sheridan - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I want to be able to stay with my baby everyday and not have to go to work, but we need some other type of income. I would like to babysit, but not quite sure how to get started doing this.

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Rebecca - posted on 10/29/2009

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I did this! I owned a business and then found out i was pregnant with baby 2 adn decided it would be too pricy for a sitter. I posted online andwithin 3 days had 4 spots filled! It's great and it's just an extra income at this point as we don't need my income. And it's cash which is even ebtter...no taxes!LOL

Shannon - posted on 11/01/2009

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oh thats easy, with you having a kid/ being a mom is a bonus. make sure to have a clean home, you know kid friendly. 2nd start post fliers. i do baby sitting in my home now and have 2 kids of my own. make sure this is really what you want.

Brandi - posted on 10/31/2009

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I looked into doing this as well, but my home is not large enough at this time. In PA the max number is 6 children over the age of 2. If you have 3 or less you do not need to be certified, but more than 3 you can be inspected if you are reported, then you will be required to become certified (in PA). In my area of PA the average price range is around 120-130/week per child. Part time usually is around 110 or 115/week. If you tell your parents that you do not claim child care income, so they may not put on their taxes, but offer a price range of say 90-100/week, often parents will jump all over that as their tax exemption covers much less than that anyway, so they get REALLY inexpensive daycare, but you do not have to claim it either. Just make sure that ALL your parents are aware that they cannot claim daycare costs on their taxes. OR you could go ahead and get certified and charge fully what weekly daycare is worth. If you call the Department and Children and Welfare for your area, you can receive a booklet that outlines all the things you should consider before deciding whether or not home daycare is for you. Like I said I have looked into this and also am currently watching 1 little boy part time (just in the afternoons after school) and often wish i hadn't agreed to this as the time constraints were more than I thought. I can't really go anywhere on a weekday until after 4 when he is picked up (he comes to my house at noon) Plus i have 2 kids already that are my own. I can manage my own kids to go somewhere as I am REALLY familiar with their tempraments and behaviors and things, but it is almost impossible to add another child into the mix that isn't mine. Also my daughter just started preschool I have to have her on the bus and take her off the bus at the exact times that my little boy comes and leaves, so I still have not fully worked out the logistics of that. Anyway, i would suggest that you really do some research before you jump right in to it. Good luck.

Cherese - posted on 10/31/2009

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A lot of parents want to claim their child care cost on their income tax returns so, you may be required by the families to provide a tax ID number so they can claim that expense. You will not be able to hide that income from the IRS...keep that in mind.

Cherese - posted on 10/31/2009

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Once you get set up, contact your local elementary school and put your name on their list of in home day cares. You can also, do data entry from home for a lot of companies or take orders for a company like 1-800-flowers. You'll find a link to it and they really like to hire for xmas and v-day.

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Make sure you take a CPR class and put up flyers at grocery stores and laundromat. If there are other mothers you meet at parks, use word of mouth. They will pass on the information as well.

Shawnasie - posted on 10/31/2009

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I posted an ad on craigslist looking for a local family with 2 children to care for. I found a family about 2 weeks later. Find out what local daycares charge per child and base your rates on that. Be very careful about scammers (people from out of the country or state) looking to pay for a long period of time up front. Most are sending fraudulent checks supposedly from the company they will be working for and try to get you to wire money back to them.

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Cherese - posted on 10/31/2009

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Each state has different laws regarding # of kids. I would do a google search of the laws for your state regarding day cares. There is a limit to the number of children you can watch without having to get a day care license. You may also, want to consider going to the American Red Cross for an infant/toddler CPR class.

Sheridan - posted on 10/31/2009

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Thank you all for the advise!

What is a good price to charge? I babysat my one year old niece for about 6 months while I was pregnant so I have experience. And how many is a good number to start with when I already have a 2 month old baby myself and what age group should I start with?

Tracy - posted on 10/29/2009

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I used Kijiji and it worked. I provide before and after school care for 2 children and after school care for another child, plus I have my 2 yr old all to myself during school hours it's great, Best of Luck!

Sherry - posted on 10/29/2009

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Why not advertise locally, either online or flyers in your area? Talk to neighbours and get the word out. Foster parenting relief on weekends pays as well, and you're doing something for the children.

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