Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight” Liz T.

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 as well!”

Check out Jordan’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Jordan W.

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!”

Check out Jordan’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Most Innovative Startup

Remember back in February when we announced we were a finalist in Biz 417’s and AITP of the Ozarks Third Annual Excellence in Technology Awards? (here’s a refresher)

Well….we WON!!!

SelectSitter founder, Sarah Howey, accepting the Most Innovative Startup award

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.

Founders, Adam and Sarah Howey and Kari and John Hamra.

Thank you Biz 417 for giving our startup this amazing recognition!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Maddi G.

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!”

Check out Maddi’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Announcing Empowered Fitness Partnership

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!

Empowered Fitness owner, 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 (empoweredfitness15@gmail.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!

As always, feel free to reach out to us here at SelectSitter too if you have any questions!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Erin S.

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.”

Check out Erin’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Parents: you have questions, we have answers!

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 sitter?

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 multiple sitters?

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 founder@selectsitterapp.com

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the “Sitter Spotlight,” Briana B.

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!”

Check out Briana’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our babysitter in the Sitter Spotlight: Paige D.

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!”

Check out Paige’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!

We’d love to feature your favorite sitter, email us and let us know how awesome they are!

Be the parents you’d want to babysit for

The parent/sitter relationship needs to be mutually respectful to have a successful partnership.

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Watching a child is one of the most important and hardest jobs there is. I started nannying when I was 14 years old, couldn’t even drive or stay out past 10 p.m., but I was entrusted to watch two children only a few years younger than me. Guess what…they survived! Jokes aside, what I learned were lessons that I still use today as a parent; it is paramount to be attentive, patient, and always have an open line of communication with the parents. Surprises are not your friend when dealing with a parent; they need to stay in the loop (remember kids have big mouths and are known to stretch the truth!).

Having said all that, it goes both ways. The parent/sitter relationship needs to be mutually respectful to have a successful partnership. They are watching your offspring, not some inanimate possession. Be the parents you would want to babysit for!!

The following SelectSitter tips will help ensure your sitter wants to babysit for you again, and tell their sitter friends what a great family you are to work for. 

Be clear on your expectations

To be successful at any job, you need to know the expectations and responsibilities. I always tell my sitter up front the plan for the evening. Ex. eat dinner (I ordered pizza), play board games or yes, it’s okay to play video games for 30 minutes, brush teeth, read a book, and lights out at 8:00 p.m. sharp. That way the kids can try to pull a fast one and they feel prepared with answers. If you are ok with dessert and staying up late for good behavior, let them know that too so they have some tricks in their back pocket.

Be up front about what you pay

What I charge was always the question I dreaded most as a sitter. I had no idea what to say and I didn’t want to offend the parents because I didn’t even know what they normally pay. It is the only job I have had that the employer didn’t set the pay rate. So going into a job, I would have 100% preferred the parents told me what they were paying me and for what than me shoot off some random number. Now as a parent, I pay an hourly rate and then when the kids are asleep I pay half of that and I tell the sitter they are free to do homework, play on their phone, or watch TV. This is how we do it but I know other parents that pay the same rate the whole job, totally a personal decision.

Write down instructions

Do your kids have food allergies, or specific bedtime routines? Maybe your youngest will only fall asleep if you sing a certain song. Whatever that special things is, your sitter will be so thankful if you share it with them so their evening can go as smoothly as if you were there.

Leave back-up contact numbers

Phones die, service can be spotty…don’t leave your sitter panicking by not leaving emergency contacts or even a neighbor’s name and number. It just makes everyone feel more comfortable.

Feed your sitter

They need to eat too. We always make sure that our sitter knows we made extra for them to eat and to make themselves at home with any food or drink (non-alcoholic of course).

Don’t come home early without asking

I used to rely on my sitter earnings to pay the bills, so if you book a sitter from 5-10 p.m. and then decide to come home a couple hours early that means less money for them. Be considerate and if plans change, shoot them a text to make sure that is ok. If they seem hesitant, consider paying them what you have booked them to work. Most of these sitters are young and could really use the extra money. Remember, you were in their shoes once too.

Remember them on holiday/special occasions

On Christmas we always leave our sitter a card and gift card or extra cash when they babysit to thank them for caring for our children all year. This just reminds them they are special to our family and we appreciate them. It is also nice to reach out to them on their birthday, give them your kids’ school and sports photos, and congratulate them on their big life moments (graduation, new jobs, etc.). If you want them to love your kids just like a part of their family, what better way than to treat them like part of yours.

Babysitters are an extension of your family, and nowadays it is a competitive market to find a great one. Here at SelectSitter, our goal is that every parent can find a trusted sitter anytime, anywhere. Let us know how we can help you