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Reasons to Become a Babysitter

If you’re a college student looking for part time work, babysitting is one of the best options available. There are numerous benefits to becoming a babysitter, including high pay rates, flexible scheduling, experience in the field of childcare, and more. The thought of caring for young children can seem daunting, especially for those who have no prior experience in babysitting.

A few reasons to become a babysitter include:

Flexible Scheduling 

One of the best parts of working as a babysitter is having the option to work on your own terms. While some babysitters are hired only for one evening, others are hired to work everyday while parents go to work or even stay home in their office. Deciding how often you want to work and what hours you want to be available can be convenient for young adults and college students who need to work around their busy class and schoolwork schedule and want to keep times such as weekends, evenings, and the important dates of special events free. In terms of finding flexible jobs, babysitting is one of the best options. 

High Pay 

The amount of money that babysitters can earn depends on the families they are sitting for, however it is estimated that on average, most babysitters earn higher than minimum wage. The average babysitter in the United States tends to earn around $12-15/hour, but the amount a sitter can be paid can be increased depending on the number of children being babysat. Most young adults or college students looking for a high paying job should consider babysitting, as it pays higher than the average traditional full time job. 

Childcare Experience 

If you are passionate about working with children or want to have a career that requires caring for children in the future such as being a teacher, babysitting can give you hands on experience. Learn to communicate with and care for children of a variety of ages which can come in handy in the future, depending on your desired future career. Plus, working with children can be a fun and rewarding experience especially for those who love young kids. Babysitting requires a lot of playing with and entertaining children, making this job more fun than just about any other traditional part time job one could get.