Best Practices for Babysitters

Stop missing out on babysitting business!

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.

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!

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!

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