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!

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!

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

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.

Demo Day Presentation

Back in August, SelectSitter presented at the efactory’s Demo Day about how our app, SelectSitter, has grown and developed through our involvement  in the e-factory’s Accelerator program.

If you were unable to attend Demo Day, check out the video below of co-founder Sarah presenting on SelectSitter.

We’d love to hear from you, message us at founder@selectsitterapp.com, with any questions or ideas to help us grow our startup!

November | Local School Closings

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Can you believe November arrives this Thursday? Or did it totally sneak up on you like it did us? With the new month here, do you have sitters booked for this month’s SCHOOL CLOSINGS? We can help!
Download the SelectSitter app today and be ready for when your kids are out of class!
Sitters are available for the following local school closings:
NOVEMBER SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Nov. 2
Republic (1 hr. Early Release)
Willard

Nov. 5
Springfield
Willard

Nov. 6
Nixa
Springfield
Ozark
Willard

Nov. 9
Republic (1 hr. Early Release)

Nov. 16
Republic (1 hr. Early Release)

Nov. 21 – 23
Nixa
Republic
Branson
Springfield
Joplin
Logan-Rogersvill
Ozark
Willard

Nov. 30
Republic (1 hr. Early Release)

Accelerator Progress / Week 4

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We’ve officially wrapped week 4 of the efactory’s accelerator cohort 3!

This past week was all about marketing, social media and ensuring we have some good content! The speakers continue to blow us away with insight and frankly, our heads are spinning…but in a good way!

Check on the efactory blog to see all the cool stuff we are getting to do. Check it out:

https://efactory.missouristate.edu/efactoryaccelerator-cohort3-weekfour/?mc_cid=52fbf7224d&mc_eid=8041beb04d

And we still need your help!

Here are five easy ways you can help SelectSitter: