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Helpful Tips for Babysitters; Deciding Your Hourly Rate.

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Helpful Tips for Babysitters Deciding Your Hourly Rate.

written by: Alice|July 16, 2021

Sitters can apply for jobs on Huddle and suggest their hourly rate for each specific job. Depending on your experience and the job requirements, you might like to slightly adjust your usual rate.

Please keep in mind our third party payment platform Stripe take a small fee to process payments, see details here. This fee will be deducted from the total the parents pay you for jobs.

To help decide a rate that is fair for both you and the parent, here are the top things to consider.

How much experience do you have?

How many years have you been working with children? Do you have lots of glowing references, ratings, and reviews on your profile? Instantly this will reassure parents you are experienced in childcare. Remember, you can add more references to your Huddle profile via the Setting tab in the app.

Do you have extra qualifications and training?

Any relevant training that you've completed such as CPR and anaphylaxis training, First Aid Certifications, and Early Childhood Education, should be taken into account when you're working out your rate.

How many kids?

Caring for more kids is more work. As a general rule, you can charge an extra $1 or $2 per hour to your rate for each extra child you're watching.

Are there extra responsibilities?

If the job requires extra services, most nannies generally charge more. These extra duties may include; driving kids to/from school or other activities, cooking meals for the family, tutoring and helping with homework, looking after family pets, running errands, and doing extra household cleaning.

Is the job last minute or under 3 hours?

If you offer to help a family that requires care at very short notice you might want to add a premium onto your rate. Likewise, if the babysitting job is only a couple of hours, it could be worth adding extra to your rate to make sure it is worth your while.

Is the job on a public holiday?

Giving up your public holiday means casual employees should be properly remunerated. For these jobs we recommend 1.5 x or 2 x the usual rate.

We hope these tips have helped you understand the factors so you can decide a suitable rate when you apply for jobs on Huddle. Any questions you can reach out to our Community Happiness Team on

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