Five Reasons to Consider Babysitting as a Small Business

Many teens have tried babysitting as their first job when they were in Junior High or High School. It is one of the most common ways that young ladies, especially, earn spending money. It is a very good way to earn money for a number of reasons, and I encourage teens to consider it as a small business opportunity.  (Guys, I am sorry, but this is definitely one area that you are going to be outdone by most women.) Here are Five reasons why you should consider starting a babysitting business:

  1. It is offers years of business experience even before college. Many young ladies start babysitting when they are in Junior High. Usually they provide their service for family members or neighbors, but it begins to grow from there to acquaintances and other referrals. There are 6 years from 7th grade to 12th grade. If you take this opportunity seriously, this can be some very good experience for your entrepreneurial future.
  2. It is a business that totally depends on your skill and ability. There aren’t too many outside factors that will hinder your business. In good economies or bad, people still need good child care. If you can provide a good service and are dependable, you can find business. What people are paying for is you and the kind of work you do. Can you follow instructions? Are you caring and competent? Can you resolve a minor crisis on your own? Are you good around children? Do you go above and beyond the normal expectations of a babysitter? When your customers (the parents), come home, do they find the house picked up and clean and the kids are in bed? These things are all depending on you and how you run your service, and they can mean loyal customers and consistent referral business. You are providing peace of mind and this means everything to a parent.
  3. It is relatively easy to generate business. When my daughter was a senior in high school and needed some extra income, she would post on Facebook that she was available on certain nights to babysit. Sometimes it was only minutes before she would get messages scheduling work. You see, sometimes parents don’t always plan ahead to go on a date or to “get away” for a few hours. This often means trying to find a babysitter at the last minute and this can be difficult if not impossible. When you notify people in your community that you are available, they are suddenly reminded that they would like to take advantage of your services, and they call to get on the schedule.
  4. If you are good, you get a reputation and loyal customers. When my daughter went to college, she signed up with an online referral agency called This connection gave her credibility with parents in her college town and she began receiving calls. She developed good relationships with several customers and they kept her busy with babysitting jobs. They also gave her good feedback that led to other customers. One of those customers turned out to be incredibly wealthy and paid quite generously. She has babysat for them multiple times and they have developed a good relationship. In his outstanding book, “The Millionaire Next Door”, Thomas Stanley reports that millionaires recommend that teens “consider providing some valuable service to affluent people.” When you provide a quality service to affluent people, they want to keep you around and they are willing to pay well for your services. This is a fantastic way to grow your business.
  5. You learn all of the skills necessary to run most businesses. All of the things necessary in most businesses can be learned and developed in a babysitting business. You will need to learn about marketing, sales, customer service as well as time and financial management. These are all basic concepts that are needed to run any business and this is a valuable training ground for these skills. The great thing about this is that you will be getting valuable experience in learning how to start, maintain and grow a business. You will learn how to deliver a service that people want and need, and you will experience the satisfaction of providing that service and providing for yourself at the same time.

I hope that you will consider starting a babysitting business. If you are a regular babysitter, and you enjoy what you are doing, I would consider taking this to the next level. Instead of waiting for people to call you, take the initiative to grow your business and figure out how to make a significant income. This is within your grasp, and I encourage you to start today!


About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • I love this article. I briefly cover babysitting, pet sitting and yard service in my next book, Pick From The Passion Tree: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs to Start a Business. These are perfect first entrepreneurial enterprises for young people and give them a great credit for a resume in the future, or a look ahead to what being a successful entrepreneur is like.

    I just created a program called, The Monetize Your Passion Blueprint: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs because I feel compelled to address the larger issues of youth unemployment and economic self-sufficiency.

    I appreciate that you are doing this work Duane.

    • Duane

      In Sunday School this morning I asked my Junior High students what occupations they currently have, and Babysitting was the most common. It certainly is a great option for teens for the reasons you mentioned.

      It is also one of 50 ideas in my own e-book that is nearing completion. It will be titled something like 50 Low-cost Business Ideas for Teens and Adults. You have motivated me to get it finished and make it available.

      Thanks for your support, Julia!