Preteen and teenage children can create and distribute flyers and business cards as ways to advertise their babysitting services. They can also ask couples who already use their babysitting services for referrals, use local community referral programs use an infant CPR course as an opportunity to meet parents, and try online job search engines such as Indeed.
Colored paper for babysitting flyers is more flamboyant and easily noticeable than standard white. At the top of the flyer, the babysitter should write her name and the word Babysitting in prominent capital letters. Alternatively, the babysitter can team up with a group of her friends and come up with a creative title for their babysitting service. Underneath, the babysitter should list her phone number, fees and the hours she is available for work. She should also include any experience and qualifications she has, such as caring for siblings, volunteering for childcare at church and taking Red Cross training courses.
Once a babysitter begins to get jobs, she can ask the parents for references to their friends. Business cards with a summary of the contact information from the flyers help spread the word. Some local chambers of commerce have babysitter referral services that screen babysitters and then recommend them to parents. Taking an infant CPR course shows a babysitter's concern and provides an excellent opportunity to spread contact information to parents.