How would you feel with an extra $1,200 a month in your pocket? Great! Right?!
Well being able to breathe a little easier financially is a HUGE plus in my book.
Now you could be working full-time or a college student or both but no matter what your situation is, we could all use some extra cash. Sometimes that extra cash is perfect for an upcoming vacation or paying off that debt faster.
Whatever your case maybe; a lot of side incomes or “side hustles” can be found online.
Today I am going to focus on one and that is being a part-time Child Care Provider or a Nanny.
I understand this might not be for everyone and that’s okay sometimes it can be difficult taking care of children especially ones that aren’t your own.
For people like me where you like working with kids and can take care of them for exceeded amounts of time, this is perfect for you.
By being a Nanny you can really truly help out a family that might so desperately need it.
For example, with more parents staying for work, some of them might need a couple hours a week with extra pair of hands so they can make important work calls or go to an outside meeting. Sometimes it is even getting stuff done around the house.
You might be thinking that this sounds great for me, but how do I find a family to work for?
It is so simple to sign up. Within minutes of signing up and filling out a profile you can start searching for close by families. It is up to you how much you would like to work, as well as your hourly rate.
Care.com makes its super easy with searching for jobs. You can search for location, hourly rates and working hours.
The job postings range from after-school pickup and doing homework to all day infant care.
Once you have found a posting you like send the family a message introducing yourself and your experience along with a short description of you that is appropriate for the task you are applying for.
Apply, apply, apply…
Some families are looking for Child Care Providers with previous experience or meal preparation like cooking for the child or being college educated; so the more information about yourself the better.
Also, add a first-aid training or CPR certification but only if you actually have the training. The worst thing you can do is lie to make yourself sound better and then if something happens you will be totally unprepared and potentially put the child at risk.
These families might be potentially asking you into their homes so by being open and honest from the start will give both of you a better chance of finding the perfect match for both of you.
Feel free to apply to a lot, you never know who they will pick to interview/meet.
Now since this is essentially a job, you are being paid for a service, you will most likely have to meet one or both of the parents and then eventually the child (or children) themselves.
It is important to remember this isn’t just your interview from them you are also interviewing the family. Ask them questions and get to know them a little bit too.
Remember they probably need you way more than you need them.
If you get the job you will be spending a lot of time with them or in their home so make sure you feel just as comfortable as they will be around you.
Sounds great but how do you make $1,200 exactly?
Now that I have explained a little on where to find a Nanny or Child Care Provider job, how to apply to find the best match and how important the meeting of the potential family is, you might still be wondering how do I make $1,200 a month?
I’ll break it down for you in the example of my situation; I am currently working for a family for 20 hours a week at $16 an hour.
The hourly rate might seem higher but I am also taking care of a 15 month old that is walking, talking, needs constant play time and meals prepared for her so it is actually a lot of work.
I also negotiated this rate with the parents, based on my 6 years’ experience in child care and training/certifications so I felt justified asking for this amount.
By working 20 hours a week at $16 an hour I make over $300 a week, so for a month it is $1,200.
By my example you can see I am not working a lot of hours to make this money although some days it might be a lot of work, every day is new and I certainly pick up thing tips and tricks by taking care of this baby.
If you are looking for a non-office job this might be your solution. This is also great if you are like me, self-employed, but you could still use that extra money.
Being a Nanny or Child Care Provider is just one of many ways you can make an extra income each month.
So let me ask you again, how would you feel with an extra $1,200 a month in your pocket? Great! Right?!
Happy Job Hunting!
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