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Why babysitting rocks as a side job

02 October 2013

I love kids. Always have. While I don't have kids of my own [yet] I am quite fond of hanging out with other peoples kids in exchange for a little cash. It is the ideal job! It is full of instant gratification-- fuel for my self-esteem. 

Think about it. You get to spend a few hours either working on blogging while the baby sleeps [fingers crossed] or you play with some awesome kids until their bedtime during which you watch T.V. or do your work. While awake, the kids think you are awesome and you get to practice your best voices for story time. I don't know if it is just me but there is something encouraging about making kids feel comfortable while their parents are away. Nothing like soothing a crying baby to get you to feel like you have all the answers! I knew how anxious I always felt when my parents went out without me. 

I started finding my families through friends and if you get "in" with the right parents, then you could be set for an entire babysitting business! And as an adult, you can charge some premium prices because you have that experience. Maybe mention to your friends and coworkers that babysitting is something that you do on nights and weekends. I have a policy of sitting for families for several successful times before offering them to share my services with their network of friends and colleagues. 

As an adult, how do you make extra income? Do you babysit? Would you ever?


  1. I don't have a 2nd job, but i have been considering it once I move. Would be nice to have some extra income.

  2. I love babysitting! But unfortunately, I haven't done any of it since I was a teenager. None of my friends have kids. But, they will probably all start having them soon... Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

  3. I babysit regularly for a family here in Houston and it is great! The parents are awesome (seriously, we sometime sit and talk for half an hour or more once they get home) and the kids are so sweet. When I was a teacher, there was nothing better than getting paid to grade papers once the kiddos went to bed!