Finding a babysitter for your children can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be an expensive one.

The first thing that you need to do is figure out when exactly you need a babysitter. Do you need an occasional babysitter to be able to go out from time to time? Do you need a babysitter for a regular, recurring meeting or appointment? Do you need a babysitter to watch your children while you are at work? Make a list of the days, dates, and times that you will need a babysitter. These factors will all greatly affect how much you will have to pay a babysitter.

You will also need to decide how much you are able to pay a babysitter. In most places, if your babysitter will be working for you more than 20 hours every week, you will need to familiarize yourself with employment laws, such as minimum wage, that may apply where you live. You will also need to factor in taxes that you will need to pay for your employee.

Actually finding the babysitter once you’ve made these preliminary plans can be fairly simple. Many people choose to use friends and family to baby-sit. However, if you don’t have friends or family that are able or willing to baby-sit, there are other ways to find a babysitter. You can ask friends and family for recommendations. You can check with other parents to see if they have babysitters that they use. Sometimes babysitters will post advertisements on a local grocery store bulletin board. Your church or other religious organization may have a list of babysitters that you can contact. Some cities have a babysitter referral service that you may be able to use, although here again you are looking at an increased cost.

Once you’ve found some candidates, you will need to decide what your screening process will be. You will need to make a list of interview questions, and interview some potential babysitters. Many times, simply checking the potential babysitter’s references will be sufficient. However, depending on the type of babysitting they will be doing, you might wish to perform a driving record check or a criminal record check. These checks can cost around $30 for a driving record check, and more for a criminal record check.

Remember that the process of finding a babysitter is not always easy. It will be a learning process, but in the long run your children will be better off if you have devoted the time and energy that are necessary. In addition, you don’t have to break the bank to find a quality babysitter.

Here are some options to help you find the babysitter.

Sittercity.com/babysitter

Care.com/babysitter

 

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