How to Become a Babysitter
By Althaf Ahmed
This is a very wide business that is even practiced by teenagers of a very young age. Those venturing into this business should be able to create a good rapport with people and especially children. The applicant should be able to handle the stress that will come from babysitting since some can be rowdy and destructive. For one to become a good babysitter, it is very important for them to know what times in their schedule they are going to devote to babysitting. One can set days such as Monday to Friday mostly after school. This is done mainly by teenagers who are available only after school hours. Other people may prefer to choose the case by case method, where this works well if their schedule is different everyday.
The next step in becoming a babysitter is getting first aid certification and CPR courses. These classes are available at local hospitals or Red Cross offices. Having these two skills makes one more marketable and helps in assuring parents that they are prepared in case they need to use these skills in their absence. Another important aspect is creating a resume listing their childcare experiences. One is advised to put down any early work or volunteer work that they have done with children including their siblings.
For advertisement purposes, one is asked to design flyers that they can post at school, churches and community bulletin boards. These flyers have contact information as well as availability of the person. It is advisable for one to have a contact card or business card ready for their clients. This not only shows that they are professional but also ensures that the clients keep the cards in case they need to use them in the future.
It is important to make several versions of a resume to cater for different types of parents and caregivers. Some parents require that one must have CPR experience while others do not really mind. This is especially important if one wants to baby-sit a toddler or a baby. However, it is important to maintain the truth in case they are required to justify it. Other than availability and contact information, one may include their hourly or daily rates to give parents an idea of how much they are expecting.
Becoming a baby sitter requires one to plan their time right and be trustworthy since most parents will leave their entire house under their care. It is important for one to be calm and patient with children, since most children are noisy and playful most of the times.