Raising a family while advancing your career or trying to have a romantic life isn’t an easy thing for anyone to do. For most people, it often means sacrificing work or romance, or haphazardly balancing all three; with the help of a neighborhood sitter, you won’t have to worry about how you’re going to handle work and kids at the same time, nor will you have to sacrifice that precious weekly night out. If you want to take some time off to see your friends, enjoy a night out with your partner, or just enjoy some “me” time, a great babysitter is an important person to have in your life. Thanks to websites devoted specifically to finding childcare, it’s never been easier or safer to connect with sitters and find those with the availability that matches your needs.
Most online babysittingservice websites do not hire the babysitters themselves but simply offer them a way to work as independent contractors and place profiles or adds where families are going to see them. As an employer, it’s up to you to make sure that you are following local employment regulations after you’ve agreed upon a schedule and a wage – if you’re hiring full time childcare providers on your own and you live in Canada, you may want to look into services like HeartPayroll offered by Sitter.com. The service takes care of all your legal responsibilities as an employer, alleviating the stress of sending tax forms and sending pay stubs.
The advantage of hiring a sitter on your own is that you get to choose the candidate you trust with the responsibility of taking care of your children, and who will also get along with them. After all, you want someone your kids will look forward to seeing to, as well as someone who will keep them safe and sound. If you like a particular babysitter you can, if you’re using Sitter.com, leave notes on their profile to consult for later use, which is particularly useful once you’ve interviewed several candidates. As you become more familiar with babysitters,you may want to create a shortlist of favorites so that you know where to go if your first choice is unavailable.
Customer support is a feature that not many online classified sites have, but that are offered by the community at Sitter.com. They regularly publish advice columns for creating profiles and help wanted ads, and interviewing and working with sitters you hire. You can also reach out to them with questions about how to use the platform, while in addition to customer support, another great function you want to look for in a childcare site is the option to use identity protected phone calls, so that when you call a neighborhood sitter your phone number is not exposed.
When you decide to find a babysitter over the internet you are ultimately in charge of the entire process, so that you can find someone who matches your schedule, your expectations, and most importantly, meet your child’s needs. Finding the perfect babysitter is only clicks away, and you can start balancing being a parent with your work and reconnecting with friends.