How Can I Get More Babysitting Jobs?

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
Babysitting a little girl

If you want some extra cash, you may be asking yourself: How can I get more babysitting jobs? There are many ways for you to advertise your services so keep reading to find out what you can do.

How Can I Get More Babysitting Jobs in My Community

Advertising in your neighborhood or community is an excellent way to get more babysitting jobs. Here are some tips for you to try in your community.

  • Flyers

If you know how to use the graphics program on your computer, you can create an attractive flyer advertising your services. You can also create great flyers by hand with art supplies. Give your babysitting service a name and make sure to write in your name and phone number. You can place these flyers in mailboxes or on telephone poles. You can also visit your local grocery store and put one on the bulletin board.

  • Visit a community center

Many community centers have programs for children, which parents bring them to during the week and weekend. You can bring one of your flyers to hang up on a bulletin board or you can ask to make an announcement at one of the classes.

  • Talk to people

The more you spread the word about your availability for babysitting the more likely you will get a job. Even if you don't get a job through the people you talk to, one of those people may tell someone else who is looking.

  • Place an ad in a community newspaper

If you have some left over babysitting money, take out an ad in the classifieds section of your local paper. Many people look for a babysitter in a newspaper.

  • Ask relatives to spread the word

Have your relatives promote your services by asking people they work with if they need a babysitter.

  • Volunteer at a childcare center

Volunteering is a great way to meet parents who already know you and trust you.

  • Check with local colleges

Many parents go back to school in the summer and will need someone to care for their children during the day. Check the school's bulletin boards in the main building on campus or post one of your flyers.

How Can I Find Babysitting Jobs Online

You wouldn't think about searching online for a babysitting job but it's a great way to find people looking for childcare. Many people will post their need for childcare online or will search for caregivers. Here are some places online to search for babysitting jobs.

  • Local newspapers online

Some newspapers print their classifieds on the Internet. Check the classifieds to see if anyone is looking or take out an advertisement.

  • Online classifieds

Websites like Craigslist have different sections for each city. Check to see if anyone has posted a childcare need in a city near you or post your services. Posting an ad on Craigslist is free.

  • Local websites

Check with some of your local websites because some might have a classifieds section.

What You Can Do to Improve Your Chances

Have you found that sometimes you get an interview with a parent but you end up not getting the job? Parents want to protect their children and want to make sure you will protect them when you are caring for them. Make yourself stand out from the crowd and bring the following items with you to your first meeting with a parent:

  • Copy of your current First Aid/CPR card
  • Proof of a babysitter course
  • List of emergency numbers
  • List of references

Taking Care of Yourself

Always be careful when you meet new parents especially if you don't meet them through a relative, friend or neighbor. Suggest you speak with the family outside of their home where others can see you if they live in a busy neighborhood. You can also bring an adult with you such as a parent, a neighbor, or relative. If you ever feel uncomfortable with a situation or by what a parent has said to you, tell someone right away. Babysitting jobs are fun, but you need to protect yourself.

How Can I Get More Babysitting Jobs?