Monday, February 1, 2010

How Much?

Ok, so if someone was asking you to possibly watch their little boy -- not sure on the age...I think under 1 year old -- while they went back to work....possibly part-time...possibly full-time -- how much would you charge?

Because I have no idea.

Here's the scoop. Someone we know has a little boy. She needs to go back to work. Someone has offered a part-time position, but because of some other issues, she may not take it. As she has looked around for other jobs, she can only find full-time positions. We have no idea what the situation will be. I asked how much she was thinking of paying me...I asked nicely of course...and she said she wasn't sure yet about all of that because she had never done this before. So, I said I'd do some research and ask friends who have done it what they were paid and get back to her.

Any of you ever been a nanny? How much did you get paid? I know they need the money, that's why she's going back to work. She knows we can use the money, that's why she's talking to me. Is there a good hourly price? Or should we just do a flat weekly rate? But it may be 2 days a week, or maybe up to 5 days a week (I'd probably have the little boy from 11am - 6:30pm). So folks, what's a girl to do? Help help help me.

9 comments:

Caleb and Jessica Sainsbury said...

I'm interested to read what people respond to you because I recently was in this same EXACT situation. Initially I was thinking at least $8/hour since it would be at my house and I would still be with my kids. They could only afford $5/hour, which I didn't think was worth it. So, we decided to do a trial run and see how hard it was. If he was an easy baby then I would do it and consider it more of a favor to them. In the end though, Lydia did not handle it well at all(she cried every time I held him). So I decided that even for a much higher pay rate it would have been like "selling my birthright". So I didn't do it. Does that make sense. So, my advice- try a trial run and see how your kids do. and then you can decide how much of a break you want to give them (since they can't afford much, but you still want to help them out). Out here in Boston, everything is more expensive, people told me not to do it for less than $10/hr, but I know that in Utah the same scenario you would get paid about $5/hr max. Sorry this is soo long! Good luck!

Rachel said...

I was a nanny for a summer. I usually only had one or two kids at a time to entertain... it seems like a lot of the time it was only one. I got paid thirteen dollars an hour BUT the family I worked for was very well off...

Bryant and April said...

Wow, I think even $5 an hour is a lot actually. Depending on how much she gets paid especially. I would say more like $3.50 to $4.00 an hour and she provides all his food, diapers, wipes, etc. But, you are in California and things are different there! Goodluck! Hope you can come to some agreement!

Erin said...

My sis in law pays $10 an hour for her girls. That's for 2 of them. Hope that helps.

Jackie said...

Hi Jenny,
I babysat our friends son(s) for 2 years. When I only had one of them, he was ages 1-2. He was at my house from 7am to 4pm. His parents paid me $175 a week.
Hope it works out for you! It's always nice to bring in extra cash.
- Jackie

Danette said...

I'm pretty sure the going rate here in Utah for a state run/approved day care is $2 an hour. I definitely could be wrong bc i'm not quoting my own research but I did have a conversation with a friend about it last summer and that was what she had found out. That doesn't seem like enough in my opinion especially if they don't provide the food/diapers etc. But I do know that public day cares require payment whether the child shows up or not and that they are closed for Christmas holidays and a period of time over the summer and that they still charge for that time, too. (It's the equivalent of paid vacation, a benefit most employers provide.) Anyway, good luck. I hope you can figure something out. And I'm curious to know what you come up with as well as what other people say.

yellow buttercups said...

there is opposition in all things, right?
I think you are already so busy with your babies and your good works, no amount of money could make being busier worth it!
(I can't believe I said that out loud but I love you, so I did)
~Jan

ChrisGreen said...

Make her pay you in yuan. Bejing can't keep their currency artifically low forever, and when it starts to rise, you could make out like a bandit.

Rob and Marseille said...

I think $3-5/hr sounds good...I think somewhere on their taxes they can put how much they pay for babysitting. It is hard to do babysit someone's kid regularly. So, if you aren't really into the idea, you will dread it. Would you be able to leave with them? Would you like being stuck at home during that time? What about when/if you adopt a baby soon? They would need to find someone else (at least for a little while)Things to think about...but, if I needed to earn money, babysitting someone else's kid is how I would do it!

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