For all you babysitters out there, this one’s for you! Chances are, you’re missing out on potential babysitting business, and you don’t even know it. It’s true! While you can’t see the number of unanswered job offers cluttering sitters’ inboxes, we can. So we figured it was time we shared some helpful tips about how to maximize your babysitting business on the SelectSitter app. Ready? Let’s do this!
Tip 1: Blackout days you’re not available
You know how on Airbnb you can see dates when a home or apartment is available? We set up the SelectSitter app to work the same way. That means you can blackout days you know you’re not available to babysit. This saves you time and helps parents who are looking for sitters.
Tip 2: Accept payments through the app
Earlier this year, you can now accept payments for your babysitting hours right in the app. This was the No. 1 request we kept getting from parents and sitters, and it’s been a big help for both. You can track payments and see who still owes you for your time, and get alerts when funds hit your account. If you haven’t set this up in your profile yet, it’s easy. Payments are processed using Stripe—the fastest online payment tool, so create a Stripe account and sync it with the SelectSitter app. We’ll take care of the rest.
Tip 3: Update your profile
Your profile is the first thing parents see, so use it to your advantage! Create a short description about yourself, your interests, and your hobbies. It sounds so simple, but it helps parents feel at ease when they know something about their sitter. Let parents know if you’re still in school, if you nanny full time, if this is just a part-time gig you love, or if you have special training in things like CPR or child care. You can also use your profile to list your daily availability.
Tip 4: Check your requests in the app
This sounds crazy simple, but a lot of
sitters are missing out on work because they’re not regularly checking their
profile. To ensure you see job requests as soon as they come in, enable
notifications on your phone.
Tip 5: The faster you respond to
babysitting inquiries, the more likely you are to get the job
Because parents can send babysitting
requests to multiple sitters at the same time, it can be a race to accept the
gig. If you want to increase your babysitting, be sure to respond to requests
as quickly as possible. Once a job is booked, the request goes away, so you
don’t waste time wondering if you got the gig.
Liz is in her final year of nursing school and loves working with
children. She has babysat for family and friends and is currently a nanny for a
few families. She is CPR certified and has First Aid training. She is available
this summer to nanny or babysit and also loves animals. She is reliable, has a
car, and is a non-smoker.
One SelectSitter mom shared, “Liz is very professional
and also warm and patient with children. She provided her CPR documentation and
reference, and even asked beforehand about the dress code. She is very reliable
Jordan has experience with children 3 months and older and currently works at Dan Kinney Family Center in their child care center. She has plans next year to continue studying at College of the Ozarks to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. She is certified in infant, child, and adult CPR. Jordan is available to babysit during the weekdays and weekend, both during the day and at night.
One SelectSitter mom shared, “Jordan is really sweet.
She is responsible, kind and fun for the kids!”
We were beyond humbled to even be nominated, especially alongside the three finalists in our category (Most Innovative Startup) were also all part of the e-factory accelerator program with us this last summer! Our friends at the e-factory were also winners for Community Impact! Well deserved!
While the winners were announced at an event on Thursday, Feb. 28, this month’s Biz 417 features all category winners. Pick up your copy to read about SelectSitter and all the amazing winners.
Thank you Biz 417 for giving our startup this amazing recognition!
Maddi is a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with kids of all ages and held many babysitting positions, as well as kids summer camp counselor, lifeguard, and she currently work at a preschool.
Maddi shared, “I love working with kids and making them feel secure and loved while away from their parents, while also having fun!”
She is excited to meet more familiar and children through SelectSitter. She is free to nanny with full availability this summer!
One SelectSitter mom shared, “Maddi works at my kids’ preschool
and they love her! She’s fun, responsible, and caring!”
We see it all the time, parents putting themselves last because, well…KIDS! It is so common to hear a mom say, “Work out? I can’t, because I don’t have child care.” So, when Empowered Fitness founder, Shela, reached out with the great idea to partner with SelectSitter to help her busy moms clients make time for the gym, we were sold! As a personal trainer, she hears it all the time and wanted to be able to provide a solution for moms whose only hurdle to self care was child care. Great idea, Shela!
We sat down with Shela to learn more about Empowered Fitness…
Why did you want to partner with SelectSitter?
Because I instantly recognized you could fill a need I can’t! So many women are mothers first and they feel guilt for making time to workout. They feel like they may be neglecting their children if they step away to train. Now they can have their kiddos with them at the gym under skilled supervision! Or for the mom who just doesn’t have the child care to workout, I wanted to make it possible for her to care for herself! Basically I saw the need and wanted to help women have one less reason to meet their health and fitness goals!
Tell us a little about your business model for Empowered Fitness:
I started Empowered Fitness because my passion is fitness! I lost weight myself and changed my life with exercise and nutrition. I quickly realized that I had a more specific desire to help women; to provide the tools and resources I wish I would have had access to at the beginning of my journey. My ultimate drive and goal is to help transform women’s lives through fitness allowing them to realize their true power and capabilities in life
Where can you provide training?
I provide training to women worldwide via online training! But I also offer in-person training through Rage Fitness in Nixa, MO (just a 10 minute drive from Springfield, MO).
What services do you provide?
I offer custom meal plans, goal-focused workouts, cardio programming, accountability, motivation and personal development work both in-person and online to my clients. Online training includes all of the above with weekly check ins via email, text,or FaceTime/Skype. In-person training meets with me weekly (number of times determined by the client). I provide all the above as well as in-person check ins (weekly and monthly), in-gym or home child care (via SelectSitter) and transformation photo shoots to celebrate your progress (via Megan Ashleih Boudoir).
How long have you been a personal trainer?
I have been a personal trainer for 10 years this year! And Empowered Fitness turns 4 this year!
Do you specialize in anything particular?
I specialize in weight loss and life transformations! Specifically, I help empower women to live their potential!
If interested, what does a mom need to do to get started?
If you are interested in learning how to live empowered by fitness, ladies can find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/empoweredfitness15/). I am also available via email (email@example.com). You can reach out to me to begin the interview process and see if we are the perfect fit to work together! I do currently have two openings for in-person training and am always taking new online clients!
Erin is currently a junior at Drury University majoring in Elementary Education. She has a lot of experience at summer camps and in child care. She is available for daytime and night time babysitting job and even summer nanny jobs.
One SelectSitter mom shared, “Erin is the first babysitter we’ve left our three young kids with overnight. She’s friendly, responsible, and loves our kids. We highly recommend her.”
In-app payments is here! This is babysitting in the digital age.
As parents ourselves, we know how hectic parenting can get. It’s why we launched SelectSitter in the first place. But we also know a lot of you have questions about how to get the most out of the SelectSitter app. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of your most commonly asked questions and are now here to give you the answers.
Q: Why can’t I leave a review of a
A: We get this question a lot, and we did consider allowing reviews when
we first launched in 2017. But then we realized that reviews might not be the
best fit in the world of babysitting. This isn’t UBER, and the last thing we
want to do is ruin a sitter’s rating after one bad night. We understand that
sometimes, people just don’t mesh. That’s why instead of reviews, we encourage
parents to give their sitters endorsements. This is a great way to learn what
other parents think and discover if a sitter is a good fit for your needs.
Q: Can I pay my sitter through the app?
A: Yes! We just launched this feature. You can now find, book, and pay your sitter all on the app. We’ll even send you reminders when it’s time to pay your sitter. Just log in, securely enter your payment info, and we’ll handle the rest. Similar to other online payment tools like Venmo, SelectSitter collects a small convenience fee with each payment.
Q: I’m new to SelectSitter and want to
know the best way to find new sitters I can trust.
A: Even in the digital age, nothing beats word of mouth. That’s why we created SelectSitter. We wanted to create a free network of babysitters, so parents could find a sitter they trust without having to call every friend in their contact list. But if you’re new to the app or are unsure about a sitter, you can use the app to message your friends who have booked the sitter you’re considering. So you can review parents’ endorsements of a potential sitter, see who your friends are booking, and message directly with your sitter all through the app.
Q: Can I send babysitting requests to
A: Yes! In fact, you can send out as many requests as you want. We even
recommend doing this. Once you’ve booked a sitter, your other requests will
disappear, so you don’t need to worry about double-booking your night.
Have more questions? We are always here to help make this whole parenting thing a little easier, so just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Briana is a student in her final year at Missouri State University and has been professionally working with kids since she was 19. In addition, she has worked at the Boys and Girls Club and spent a year working at a local preschool. Brianna has nannied for more than two years and said, “I absolutely love it and am excited to meet more families!”
One SelectSitter mom shared, “Briana is sweet, loving, and trustworthy. She’s more than a sitter – she’s a member of the family!”
Our SelectSitter babysitter Paige D., is a full-time student pursing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has worked with kids of all ages and has held nanny positions, child care provider positions, and babysitting positions. She loves working with kids and is excited to be on SelectSitter to connect with more families.
One SelectSitter mom
shared, “Paige is an awesome babysitter and my
daughter loves her!”