For teenagers looking to earn some part time income, offering babysitting or pet care services can be a very good option. Depending on your age, experience, location, training (and a little bit of luck), you will be getting anything from $8/hour to as much as $18/hour, which is quite good. To be able to start babysitting as a part time job, you need to be old and mature enough. It will help if you can get some certificate or training of some sort, like basic first aid or CPR. But even if you are eligible and fully capable of providing these services, you will have to market your services to get some jobs. Knowing that you wouldn’t be having a lot of money to invest on marketing, you will have to look out for inexpensive mediums.
Talking of the low cost marketing mediums, you can’t help but take Internet into consideration, since it is one of the most cost effective platforms to promote any kind of business. Internet enables you to reach out to your target customers quite effectively without spending much. Keep on reading to know the five most inexpensive ways to promote your babysitting or pet care services online.
Social networks like Facebook are the ideal platforms for you to promote your services.All you need is to create a profile, and get in touch with the parents in your neighborhood. Your profile needs to have all the information including your age, certification or experience that the parents will be looking for. Remember, that getting in touch doesn’t mean you should start sending spam messages to the parents, all you need to do is to get in their contact list, and chances are that they will consider you when they are in need of a babysitter. Remember that you will have to maintain a sober profile (and lifestyle) in order to get in the good books of these parents.
Baby Care Website:
Websites like sittercity.com or care.com serve as the perfect platforms for both parents and babysitters. You can join any of these websites. Everyday hundreds and thousands of parents browse these websites in search of a babysitter in their neighborhood, and if they like your profile, they will be getting in touch in next to no time. These sites work as freelance jobs portals, where parents post a job, and you can apply for these jobs. These websites also feature other jobs of the similar nature like pet care or Housekeepers.
Online Classifieds Directories:
There are classified sites like craiglist.org where you can post your service ads or apply for an existing babysitting job. Majority of these websites are free, and some might charge a nominal fee. You can search at Google for the local classified directories, and then proceed to post your services on all of those relevant directories.
Your Own Website:
Creating your own website is easy, mainly because of the free scripts like WordPress, and hundreds of freely available themes that will let you launch a website with utmost ease, and the only investment you need to make is paying for a domain name and hosting, which is not much. You can mention your website on your business card, or flyers, which will add to your repute. Ideally, you should join hands with someone in your friends or family members looking to get babysitting or pet care jobs, and launch a proper business website in collaboration to make it appear a lot more professional.
If you don’t want to pay for the hosting or domain registration, you can always use a free blogging platform. You will have to write good relevant posts on your blog while targeting the localized keywords. The best part is that not only you can use this blog for getting babysitting or pet care jobs, but you will also be able to earn via ads or affiliate marketing.