Good babysitters are in high demand. Care needs range from newborn-care to watching tweens not ready to be on their own. You can be asked to babysit for a couple of hours or overnight, and you may offer other services while you are in the home.
Keeping track of your clients and your time is essential for generating revenue, determining the appropriate rates and for transparency. Software can help you be highly productive, and mobile applications fit the bill perfectly. After all, you are never without your phone.
We’ve assembled a list of the best apps for babysitters to help you track time, schedule clients, teach and entertain your charges, and even turn your phone into a baby monitor. Also, there are terrific financial apps available so you can accept multiple payment methods and record your income.
More than a way to hear the baby crying from another room, baby monitor smartphone apps can record diaper changes, feedings, and medication administration. Some applications monitor sound levels and call a second number if the noise goes over a threshold.
If you want visual confirmation, you can use an old smartphone with a camera to send video to your phone.
Tappytaps’ Baby Monitor 3G has unlimited range (WiFi, 3G, LTE) and transfers live video of the baby to your smartphone.
Use any combination of Apple devices
You can customize microphone sensitivity.
You can record activity or play lullabies.
You receive a vibrating alert when anything is detected from the baby’s room.
Time Management, Scheduling and payment apps
As a busy babysitter, you need to be able to do your scheduling on the fly and manage your time, so you arrive at the doorstep when parents need you. Like a planner for your phone, these apps help you keep track of your availability and where you need to be at any given time.
Acuity scheduling allows you to view and manage appointments quickly.
If you like, you can allow clients to book time on the app.
You can accept payments through the app.
Offer packages of services.
Education and Entertainment apps
Kids get more tech savvy every day. Find ways to educate and entertain them using a format they understand - a screen.
There are hundreds of educational and entertainment apps for kids of all ages. You can find the right one for each age group from toddlers learning their shapes to middle schoolers who need homework help.
Users can turn off the narration to read for themselves.
The app includes a dance along video and a set of guided questions.
This is just a handful of the apps available for your babysitting business.
You can save time as well as grow your business. Productivity apps can keep you on track and help you monitor your hours for billing purposes. Some will even count mileage. You will be known as the fun babysitter with the apps that entertain while educating.
Do you use and recommend any apps that aren't on this list?
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