Getting babysitting jobs to come to you can be easy as 1-2-3, if you follow these quick and easy three steps. Even if you've never babysat before, you can enter this new career without any experience or training, and within a year or two, even become experienced and learned enough to open your own daycare center or find jobs as a nanny.
First, you need to market yourself. The easiest and quickest way to get started is to simply call everyone you know and let them know you're open to taking babysitting jobs. Be clear about your level of experience with children, as truth and honesty go a long way with parents, who are ultimately your customers. If you present yourself as being mature, enthusiastic and wholesome, sooner or later there will be a parent who is open-minded (or desperate) enough to give you a chance. Let people know you're willing to work nights, weekends, and at short-notice, and sooner or later your phone will start ringing with offers of new babysitting jobs. Use Facebook, Twitter, and other internet bulletin boards to tell the world you're available, and take advantage of any free way to advertise that you can. Also, invest in printing up some inexpensive, yet well designed business cards to hand out and to post around town.
Second, you need to do an absolutely fabulous job minding those children! Positive word-of-mouth about your work as a babysitter from your client is ten times more effective than any advertising you could do yourself, and better yet, it's entirely free. However, remember that negative information passes around more quickly and to more people than does praise about a business, so be absolutely impeccable in your word and in your actions. Treat every babysitting job as a potential interview that could lead to you earning thousands of dollars in business, and behave accordingly. Always speak positively to and about the children you babysit for, as well as for their parents, who are paying you to being in their home in their absence.
Third, as your experience with babysitting grows, take some of your earnings and re-invest them in your own professional development as a childcare specialist. You might consider getting formal First Aid/CPR training from a reputable organization such as the Red Cross, or taking some classes in parenting or early childhood education at your local community college or your town's Adult Education program. Be willing to take on more demanding cases that will stretch your as a babysitter and force you to grow, such as accepting a babysitting job for a child with special needs, or an infant, or a large number of children. These experiences will lend to your credibility as well as build your confidence, and you will also eventually determine which age group you are most comfortable working with.
To sum up, the three steps to making babysitting jobs come to you are these. Market yourself, do an impeccable job with each and every assignment, and reinvest some of your earnings in your professional development. Before you know it, you will be a highly regarded and highly sought-after babysitter. Pretty soon, your customers will be asking you why you haven't opened up your own daycare center yet, or become a professional full time nanny!