Babysitting is one of the go-to jobs when you think of part-time work. There are a lot of working parents who would happily pay for your service. With their busy schedules, it gets difficult to pick their children up from nursery or school.
If you’re good with kids, then you will enjoy keeping them entertained and taking care of them. The money is usually pretty decent too. So, you get paid for playing with the kid after the responsibilities are done. How cool is that?
How to Get Babysitting Gigs
You can offer your services to the neighborhood you live in. Sometimes you will find job posting on your uni noticeboards, and other times you can check the local library. You can sign up with agencies to get regular gigs. Be careful, though; agencies take their cut. Go digital!
Some parents pay extra for babysitting over the night. It is actually easier than having to babysit in the day. You will basically be getting paid to watch television or do your own work while the child is asleep.
The Perks of Having Babysitting On Your CV
Babysitting also helps if you want to be a teacher, especially a primary school teacher. It gives you experience with little children. Because you are starting out with one or two kids at a time, it is easier than having to manage a whole classroom.
If you are thinking of moving abroad for further studies, and working as an au pair is part of your plan to support yourself, then having some babysitting experience on your CV can be very beneficial.
The Alternative to Babysitting
If you are not good with kids, do not worry. With more and more people having furbabies, instead of children, you have another option there. You can start pet sitting, you will basically be doing the same thing, but instead of children, you will mind pets. Imagine getting paid to play with the dog!
Babysitting is one of the easiest side gigs to have. It also works well with your flexible uni timings. It can be unstable at once, but once you make regular clients, it becomes more stressfree and more rewarding. You will also learn a lot of things, and depending on what you want to do, you also gain experience. Honestly, it will also teach you how to deal with difficult colleagues, later on.