Expectations & Charging
There are some certain things
that you should sort out with the parent before you take the job
as their babysitter. These are:
1) What is the expected time period that you
will be babysitting? How many hours? Will it be a regular schedule
- daily, weekly, or another time arrangement? How late can you
stay? Will you babysit during the week or weekends only?
2) Will you be required to do any special tasks
such as washing dishes or light cleaning?
3) How will you get to their home and back
again? You should not have to walk home alone at night even for
a short distance. You may not be comfortable riding alone with
a particular adult and/or riding in a car that is being driven
by an intoxicated parent. The best solution may be to have your
own parents drop you off and pick you up again. Tell your parents
immediately if a parent acts inappropriately with you. And do
not babysit there again.
4) If you find that you are expected to do
an unreasonable amount of work that was not mentioned in your
arrangements, you may need to cross this family off your list.
What to Charge
The average pay these days is $4.00
to $6.00 an hour, depending on the going-rate in the area where
the sitter is babysitting. Never go below $4.00 an hour. That
amount isn't even minimum wage, so going below that would be taking
advantage of you. Charging any amount per kid isn't such a great
idea. The best thing to do is settle on one price per hour. Find
out what the going rate is in your neighborhood by talking to
other babysitters if you can. If a parent gives you up to $10
an hour and they already know the amount that you're charging,
then accept the money. They must think that you're a great
babysitter and well worth the money.