I recently hired our first babysitter. I had no idea how to find a babysitter on my own. In my mind, it had to be more than letting out a big, terrified sigh and hiring the 11-year old next door to watch my baby.
Someone suggested trying care.com and I’m glad they did. The site makes it easy to find a variety of babysitters who want to hear from you. It gives you a bio and a calendar of availability for each and then allows you to send a message to a candidate. The calendar of availability is key to saving me the time and effort of messaging candidates who just aren’t available when I need someone. It also gave information about the rates each candidate would charge and whether they have certain certifications (e.g., CPR).
The coverage for my town was very good – there were many candidates to choose from. And there are links to additional information for people new to the babysitting world, like guidelines on when you have to pay taxes on a babysitter’s services, or suggested questions to ask when you interview a babysitter candidate. Care.com even lets you request a background check. For real.
Care.com is a paid service, but I can stop paying once I have relationships established. If something happens, like a babysitter moves away or something, I can sign back up and start again.