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!

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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

Sitter Spotlight

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Meet our “Sitter Spotlight” Hunter K.

Hunter is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Elementary Education, working on her masters in Literacy. She has worked in a preschool since she was 17 and has a passion for kids. She currently works in a nursery at a local preschool, but has worked with children of all ages from 3 months through 5 years. She is CPR and First Aid certified and also is available to care for dogs or help with cleaning.

One SelectSitter mom shared, “Hunter is awesome! My boys just love her bubbly personality and she is also an excellent dog sitter. Highly recommended!”

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

We want to feature your favorite sitter! Let us know who you love and trust at founder@selectsittapp.com

We’re a finalist!

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We are super excited to be included as a finalist in the third annual Biz 417 Excellence in Technology Awards. We are a finalist in the Most Innovative Startup category and even better, the other three finalists were also all part of the e-factory accelerator program with us this  last summer!

On Thursday, Feb. 28, they will name the winners in each category at an awards ceremony where they say they will  be, “recognizing the pioneers, originators, creators and developers making waves in the local tech and business communities.” …

Wow, how humbling… honestly we are just thrilled to see our name mentioned alongside all these great innovators and companies! Thank you Biz 417 for the recognition!

Read more about the awards from our besties at the e-factory, here.

 

SelectSitter is rolling out in-app payments!

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Ditch the checkbook, and stop running to the ATM.  SelectSitter is rolling out in-app payments!

Hi fellow parents and babysitters! We have some big news here at SelectSitter. We are rolling out in-app payments starting December 10 (postponed to Jan. 2019). That means soon you’ll be able to find, book, and pay your babysitters directly through the app. For all you sitters out there, this means you’ll be able to accept payments right in the app. No more last-minute trips to the ATM, and no more hunting down the checkbook. Just log in to the SelectSitter app and securely enter your payment info. We’ll take care of the rest. We’ll even send you helpful reminders when it’s time to pay your sitter and when you have funds waiting for you in your account.

We’ve been working on this new feature for the last several months. We actually got the idea from all of you! In-app payments has been the No. 1 request we’ve heard from parents and sitters since we launched last November. Now, after some experimenting, we’re ready to answer that request.

 But first, let’s go over the highlights!

  • We’ll send you helpful reminders to make sure you pay your sitter.
  • We’ll also keep you posted when you have funds waiting for you in your account.
  • Your payment info will be securely stored in the app, which means you can pay your sitter anytime and anywhere.
  • No more trips to the ATM or scrounging up cash for those last-minute babysitting requests.

December 10 can’t get here soon enough! This is babysitting in the digital age.

Sitter Spotlight

Meet our Sitter in the Spotlight, Taylor C.

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Taylor is currently a senior at Missouri State University majoring in Middle School Education. She works part-time for the YMCA in the school age services department.

She loves interacting with children and keeping them active! She is available on weekend day and nights (Friday – Sunday) and also occasional week days depending on her work and school schedule. She is happy to provide a background check.

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

Have a sitter you want in the spotlight? Let us know and we will feature them!