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How To Promote Your Babysitting Business (7 Free Techniques)

How To Promote Your Babysitting Business

10 May 2024

 Matthew James Taylor

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 Lydia Kutz

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You want to have a successful babysitting business. Promotion is a critical part of that since you'll need to attract new clients for your business to really take off.

How do you promote your babysitting business? Promote your babysitting services for free to family and friends through word of mouth, reach out to local parents via flyers and letterbox drops in your neighborhood, and spread the word online by posting ads on sitting sites, via social media, or creating your own business website.

In this article, we're going to discuss all these methods plus other techniques that can help promote your babysitting business. Best of all, most of these are free or have a very low cost associated with them.

(Are you just getting started? Check out my article: 13 easy steps to become a babysitter)

Lydia Kuts as been running and promoting her own babysitting business in Florida, USA since 2010, in this video she reveals her best promotion ideas and explains how to do them safely.

What Are The Best Methods For Finding Babysitting Jobs?

We polled our babysitters to find out:

Best methods for finding babysitting documents statistics
According to our recent poll, babysitters find jobs most often through family and friends at 29%, babysitting flyers at 28%, word of mouth at 16%, babysitting apps/websites at 12%, and newspapers/online ads and other ways both at 3%. See more of our babysitting statistics.

Why Promote Your Babysitting Business?

When it comes to getting started with babysitting the hard part is finding parents that want to work with you.

That's where promotion comes in.

Luckily there are lots of different options when it comes to promoting your babysitting services.

You can likely find a few babysitting jobs just by using a few of these promotional methods. But if you want your babysitting business to really take off, you'll want to use a bunch of different promotional techniques.

(If you really want to turn babysitting from a part-time job into a real business, read my article on the responsibilities and company setup involved!)

Here are our top eight free promotion techniques for babysitters:

1. Use Word of Mouth and Referrals

The number 1 key aspect is safety. I found that using my resources is the best way to be safe when it comes to advertising, and what I mean by that is using my clients. I have a client pool already, why not have them do the work for me and refer my name. I love when families refer my name to other clients, or potential clients, because it is going from a trustworthy family to what I can only think is another trustworthy family. I feel comfortable working for a family that knows somebody else I work with.

Lydia Kutz babysitter and nanny
Lydia Kutz
Little Bugzz Babysitting
St Petersburg, Florida, United States

Even for brand new babysitters, word of mouth is one of the most powerful marketing techniques that you have access to.

When you're ready to start babysitting, be sure to let all of your family members and friends know. That way they can recommend you to any parents they know who might mention that they're looking for a babysitter.

Once you've got your first few customers, ask parents if they would be willing to recommend your babysitting services to their friends. As long as you're doing a good job, most people are more than happy to recommend you to people they know if the topic of babysitters ever comes up.

Parents of young children normally have a large network of other parents that they can connect with. If they have younger children, they're likely part of playgroups or know other parents they've met at the playground or daycare. It's a good way to get referred to babysit a bunch of other children in the same age group.

Creating some business cards and giving them out to parents is a small cost that can end up helping get some extra babysitting jobs.

People are much more likely to recommend your services if they have a business card handy with your phone number and other contact information readily available. You can also ask families you babysit for to post your business card on community boards at any schools, daycares, or other organizations that they frequent.

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2. Create Babysitting Flyers

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While I love using online resources when it comes to promoting a babysitting business, sometimes the most effective ways to advertise your business are the old-fashioned ways that involve physical promotions.

Creating flyers and distributing them takes a little bit of extra work compared to just sitting down at your laptop and typing up an advertisement. But the payoffs can be worth it, particularly if other babysitters in your area are neglecting the "real world" advertising spaces.

A good babysitting flyer lets the reader know exactly what service you're offering and what they should expect. Make sure the word "babysitter" is large and prominent. Include words like experienced, reliable, and trustworthy as well to establish yourself as a great babysitter.

I also recommend including the specific areas and ages that your babysitting services cover. It can help to include specific streets or subdivisions.

Mention any special services that you might offer, such as overnight or weekend babysitting, after school care, or transportation that you provide. Be sure to mention First Aid or CPR certifications if you have them as well.

(What kind of qualifications do parents look for in a babysitter? Click through to my article on babysitting qualifications to find out.)

You can post your babysitting flyers on bulletin boards in grocery stores, libraries, community centers, toy shops, daycares, children's clothing stores, churches, schools, or anywhere else that you think that a bunch of parents might see it.

Include a bunch of ways that you can be contacted, as possible. Listing your phone number and email address is a must. But you might want to also include your social media accounts or your website if you have one, just to make it even easier for parents to contact you.

I recommend including tear-off tabs with your contact information at the bottom of your flyer. Parents might not have time to stop and write down your information. Particularly if their hands are full with shopping or they're with a small child. So giving them a way to quickly tear off a tab with your contact information makes it far more likely that they'll actually follow through.

Postering is such an effective marketing strategy! Read my article 12 Reasons Why Babysitting Flyers Work So Well to see all the reasons why.

3. Join a Babysitting App or Website

If you're 18 years or older, or 16/17 years and have permission from your parent or guardian than you can join us here at Kidsit as a babysitter.

Create a babysitter profile so local families can contact you to offer you jobs, it's free and only takes 1 minute.

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4. Connect Through Facebook

There are two pages that I'm a part of on facebook for my community... I monitor them daily, I make sure that if somebody's posting looking for a babysitter then I'm the first to jump on it, if I'm not the first, one of my clients are and I really appreciate that.

I really try to stay on top of it, I comment on the post and say 'Hey, I'm local is it okay if I send you a private message', because as a babysitter, I do not want to give my name and contact information out to those who are not my potential clients, I don't want that out on the internet. Always make sure you private message them and then give details within the message.

Lydia Kutz babysitter and nanny
Lydia Kutz
Little Bugzz Babysitting
St Petersburg, Florida, United States

You can try Facebook Marketplace to start advertising your babysitting service on the platform. But there are often local parent groups and other opportunities to connect with families in your area as well. Ask parents you know if they're a part of any private Facebook groups for other parents. Just be sure to check the rules before posting and be sure that you're allowed to advertise. Otherwise, you might get kicked out of the group or have your message deleted.

5. Make Your Own Website or Babysitting Blog

Creating your own website is actually quite easy nowadays. You don't need to be a computer programmer and know how to code to get a babysitting website set up.

If you're just looking for something basic, you can create a free website using a service like Wix or Weebly. These platforms make it easy to create your website by just dragging and dropping and filling out basic information to create a great-looking site.

Include all of the information on your website that you'd normally put on a flyer or other type of advertisement. Remember to include your city and specific details about your services on your site. It will be accessible to anyone in the world, but it's only really useful to get parents within your city and the surrounding area to see your babysitting website.

You can increase your local visibility online by writing specific articles or pages on your website with keywords like "Oklahoma City babysitter" that relate to babysitting and also your location. The more you mention related keywords, the easier it will be for parents to find you when they're searching using Google or Bing.

If your babysitting blog becomes popular, you might even be able to earn money from advertisements on your website and other online services that you offer!

6. Partner With A Local Daycare

You can check with a local daycare in your area to see if they'd be willing to refer some of their clients to you.

This works best if you know the daycare provider or you've worked with them before, as they might be hesitant to recommend you if they aren't familiar with you. If you haven't met with the daycare before, it might be good to see if you could volunteer with them to show off your skills and get them confident in your abilities.

Most daycares don't provide care in the evenings or on weekends, so they won't see your babysitting business as a competitor. Instead, it might be a nice recommendation that they can offer to parents. Since lots are likely to ask if they have anyone that they can recommend.

7. Volunteering In Schools

Volunteering in local schools, elementary schools, or daycares is a great option for advertising. A lot of families go to these teachers or these daycare providers and ask if they know of anybody who babysits. So if I'm in the schools a lot of the kids started recognising my face, a lot of the teachers started knowing who I was and what I do so they started spreading my name to families.

Lydia Kutz babysitter and nanny
Lydia Kutz
Little Bugzz Babysitting
St Petersburg, Florida, United States

Decide What Promotion Method Is Best For You

Which way you should advertise will depend a lot on your personal situation, the area that you're in, and other factors.

What Can You Afford?

For brand new babysitters without any other source of income, you might only have access to free methods of promoting your business. Even experienced babysitters might be on a tight budget and unable to pay for professional marketing. Luckily, most of the promotion methods I've discussed above are free or have a low cost associated with them.

With free or low-cost promotional techniques like posting flyers or joining Facebook groups, you should be able to reach a large number of potential clients without spending a lot of money.

Wondering if you can write off babysitting expenses at the end of the year? Read through my babysitting tax guide to find out!

How Soon Do You Need Clients?

Promotions like word of mouth are great because they're free and completely passive. But the downside is that you have to wait for a current client, friend, or family member to bring up your babysitting business in a conversation with someone. So it could take weeks or months before you start to see referrals contacting you.

The more you can do to promote yourself, the faster you can expect to start getting contacted by parents who might want you to babysit for them. So it can be worth putting in a lot of effort upfront to really get yourself established. Print off a stack of flyers and visit everywhere within walking or biking distance that will allow you to advertise to put up your promotional materials. The bigger the area you cover, the more likely it is that someone who wants to hire you will see your flyers.

The same goes for online as well. You want to cover as much digital territory as possible, including all of the relevant Facebook groups and message board for your area that you can find.

Track Your Progress

If you just put up flyers, it can be hard to tell if anyone is actually seeing them or taking note.

Keep a close eye on them to see when tabs have been ripped off. It’s also a good idea to ask parents how they heard about you too.

If you can get a good idea where most families are hearing about you then you can put more effort into those types of promotions that are working well for you, and spend less effort on the ones that don't really seem to be generating results.


When you're just starting out, the hardest part of babysitting can be finding parents who are willing to hire you.

Promoting your babysitting business can help you start to get some jobs right away. I recommend using a wide range of different advertising strategies to reach as many different parents as possible.

Marketing your babysitting business online is convenient and free here at Kidsit. Take advantage of Facebook groups, classified ad websites, and other platforms that allow you to reach hundreds or thousands of potential babysitting clients with a single post.

But don't neglect real-world advertising opportunities like creating flyers or business cards either. With babysitters putting most of their effort into promoting themselves online nowadays, taking advantage of bulletin boards in your area could give you a huge advantage.

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