This is a popular question among babysitters: “How much should I charge?”
If you charge too much you will lose business. If you charge too little you will make less than you deserve.
One way to decide on a fee is by asking babysitters in your area what they charge. Another way is to ask parents what their babysitters charge them.
Meeting with a New Family
When you meet with a new family, be prepared to discuss your fee. Decide on a fee that you think is fair. Make sure to discuss what you charge before accepting any new babysitting jobs. If the parents don’t ask about your fee, say something like this:
“Thank you for asking me to babysit. Before I accept, I’d like to tell you my fee. I charge $____ an hour. I that okay with you?”
They may say “yes”, or they may ask you if you are willing to charge them less. In that case you have to decide how low you are willing to go without feeling you’ve been taken advantage of. Your have 3 options:
In my book I discuss the 3 options and what to do in each case. I also show you one thing that you should never do when asked about your fee. Then I show you 10 things you should consider when deciding on a fee. You might charge different customers different fees depending on the situation. I discuss all the possible situations. I end with a short list of questions you should ask every parent before you decide on a fee.
It would be interesting to know what you charge and why, so leave us a comment.