What: Employment site for baby sitters, pet-sitters, nannies, elder-care, housekeeping and home care nurses
Expected pay: $10–$30 per hour (high-end is generally for elder and nursing care)
Commissions & fees: $0 – $150/year for premium membership; membership not required
Where: Major U.S. cities.
Requirements: Legal resident; Age 18 or older (with parental permission, 14 and older); other requirements vary depending on position
- Industry giant means greater potential for job opportunities
- Free to register your profile
- Set your own rate
- Lots of positive reviews from users
- Pay is often $10-$15/hour
- Premium membership is needed for sitters and employers to communicate directly, the cost is $150/year
- Membership is renewed automatically, refunds are hard to get
Employers can pay the membership fee, so you can theoretically use the site for free. If you pay the fee, the site will automatically renew your membership. There have been some complaints that they will renew, even when you tell them to cancel.
More than 500 employee reviews posted on Indeed are mostly positive. Reviews on Reviewopedia are particularly about the automatic charges.
Other sites offering job opportunities are Trusted and Urban Sitter. We recommend Rover for dog walkers.
What Users Say: (From Indeed)
“Very easy to find families and I would recommend it was very good and a great experience for babysitting I got to know families this way and then I watch them regularly.”
“I recommend using care.com to find some of the best families to work for. They are all caring and loving and wish you nothing but the best. I was a nanny who cared, cleaned, cooked and did errands for the family.”
“This was one of my first jobs and I absolutely loved it. I got to pick my family and basically pick my schedule. I loved every single family I was placed with too! Highly recommend for a first job.”
“A typical day at work was watching movies with the kids, making sure they ate, and that they were safe and having a good time. One thing I learned was how to be patient. Every family was different but overall lovely and I never had a problem with anyone I worked for.”