What: Babysitting, nanny, dog sitting, care companion and housekeeping 

Pay: $10 to $50 per hour (you set the rate)

Husl $core: $$$$$

Where: National

Requirements:

  • Be old enough to work;
  • have a clean background;
  • child, adult companion or pet-care experience

Review: SitterCity charges parents a fee to have access to a compendium of people willing to care for children, adults and pets — or do some light housekeeping — part or full time. You can sign up as a babysitter, nanny, pet sitter, housekeeper or offer to do adult care. You set your own rates and you keep 100% of the money you earn. The only potential cost to the worker is optional — you can ask them to run a background check on you ($15), which gives the people who might hire you more confidence that you’re a good choice to watch their loved ones. You can also browse the available jobs in your area. The only catch is that the available jobs might not pay what you want to earn. In fact, when we signed up to get a better view of what workers were offered, we found that most of the advertised positions for child care paid between $10 and $15 per hour and the available jobs were scattered widely over a 50 mile radius. Our guess is that they don’t have the scale of other sitter/care sites, which may make it tougher to find work. But since you don’t pay to list, there’s no downside to signing up here and elsewhere when you’re on a job hunt. 

If you want to do child or adult care also consider signing up with Urban Sitter or Care.com; if you want to pet sit, take a look at Rover

What their users say:

“The most challenging part about nannying is that there are no co-workers to bond with (aside from the childrens’ parents when they come home from work.) However, I’ve had great relationships with many of the moms and dads I’ve worked for through Sittercity because the site does a pretty good job of helping nannies sift through to find kind and caring parents. Nannying requires a lot of patience, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I love working with children AND seniors, and I’m grateful that Sittercity has always provided safe and reliable means to communicate with and interview families.”

“Allows me to create my own schedule and set my own compensation. The most enjoyable part of this job is that kids are involved and it opens your eyes as to how to handle an infant. It allows you to explore different areas of the city due to play dates and walks around the neighborhood.”

“Sittercity made it easy to find a parent who was interested in my schedule to watch over their child(ren). I was lucky to have babysat a child who lived very close to me, making it very easy to pick up and drop off the child if I ever had to. Setting up dates and specific times made me feel very secure using the site.”

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