GoNannies connects nannies and other caregivers with families that need them
Expected pay: You set it
Commissions & fees: none charged nannies
Requirements: 18 or older; able to pass a background check; experience a plus
GoNannies provides matchmaking services between families that need child or adult care — or household management, cleaning or cooking — and the workers willing to do it.
Nannies and other household help sign up at this site for free. They also set their own rates and availability, creating a profile that explains their experience and caregiving preferences. However, families that want to hire them need to pay a membership fee to communicate. And herein lies the rub.
GoNannies vs. Care
This site is every bit as expensive — actually more expensive — for potential clients to sign up as industry leader, Care. A six-month GoNannies membership costs $199; a three-month membership is $139 and a 30-day membership is $39.
Membership fees for families at Care are $39 for one month; $75 for three months; and $155 for a full year.
But GoNannies gets a fraction of the web traffic and appears to have a tiny fraction of the caregivers available compared to the other site. When we spot-checked for caregivers able to work in Los Angeles with seniors, we got no results at GoNannies. At Care, the same search produces a nearly endless list of possibilities.
No cost for nannies
The one difference between the two sites is that Care charges membership fees to nannies, as well as caregivers. However, that charge is modest — $24 for three months — and includes a background check.
Because you’re so much more likely to find a job — or a caregiver — at Care, that’s our top recommendation in the space. Even though everyone pays a fee at Care, the fees are relatively modest. And the site gets so much more web traffic — read that as potential customers and caregivers — than all the other babysitting sites, anyone serious about finding a job or a caregiver really needs to register there. (You can sign up with Care here.)
Other child and adult care sites worth checking out are UrbanSitter, Bambino, and Zum.
If you’re really ambitious, you can start your own daycare center with the help of Wonderschool.
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