How to Start a Babysitting Referral Service Business

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How to Start a Baby Sitting Service

We will show you the quick steps how to start a babysitting referral service business

How to Start a Baby Sitting Service

How to Start a Baby Sitting Service

Every parent needs a babysitter they can trust. The vast majority are willing to pay good money for one too. You could start making serious cash from this market by learning how to start a babysitting referral service business. Here’s what it will take.

Step 1: Decide Your Business Model

The first step to learning how to start a babysitting referral service business is learning how you’ll actually make money from this model.

There are basically three ways you can do so:

  1. You can START A WEBSITE and charge babysitters to advertise on it.
  2. Start a service for parents and charge babysitters to join it.
  3.  Start a service for babysitters and charge parents to join it.
baby sitting business plan

baby sitting business plan

We’ll focus on the last two as those are the easiest ways to learn how to start a babysitting referral service business.

Step 2: Find and Vet Babysitters

Either way, you’re going to need to find reliable babysitters or the whole thing falls apart. To do this, put ads on Craigslist and local sites for babysitting jobs, advertising your service. Then, vet them just like any other company would a new employee. This can involve background checks, drug tests, a sweep of their social media, etc.
However you decide to vet your candidates, know that parents are going to ask about this. You should actually advertise this process on your website so parents can find it right away and feel assured their child is in good hands.

Step 3: Interview Candidates

Your vetting process should also entail interviewing your candidates. They may pass those original checks, but you want to see them in person. Otherwise, they could embarrass your service when they get in front of the parents.

Step 4: Advertise Your Babysitting Service

Now that you have some reliable babysitters, the next step in learning how to start a babysitting referral service business is advertising it. You can ask local daycares to help with this, stores you know parents shop at and, of course, online. Social media will be cheapest, but you may also want to look for websites that local parents go to as well.

Places to advertise your babysitting service:

  • Local Daycares
  • Library
  • Local Bulletin Boards
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Local Newspapers
  • Craigslist
  • Indeed.com (for babysitters)
  • Create a Business Website
  • Doorhangers
  • Churches
  • Create a brochure
  • Local MOPS groups
  • Mom Organizations or Clubs

The nice thing about this business is that happy parents will help spread the word to their friends as well.

There’s no doubt that this kind of business could end up very profitable if quality is your reputation. Best of all, you’re helping parents out knowing they can trust you with who is most important in their life…their children / their kids.

Babysitting Referral Business Resources:

https://www.seekingsitters.com/ – example of a successful babysitting referral business (business model 1)

How to start a babysitting referral service video:

Let us know if we can help you start your babysitting referral business.