Unfortunately, due to the plethora of perverts, predators, and scammers online, posting an ad on the internet-even offering yourself up as a babysitter-is kind of a dangerous thing to do. Of course, so is posting an ad for yourself in the paper, on a community center bulletin board… when did the world get so dangerous?
The simple truth is that you can still post ads to find babysitting jobs online and offer up your babysitting services through bulletin boards and web portals and job hunting sites. The trick is to be careful especially if you are under age. Always have a parent go with you to meet your potential babysitter job clients before the actual job is to take place.
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Your customers will be impressed with your diligence and, in the event that the situation is alarming or different from what you expected, you've got an adult to guard you. Another good idea is to arrange to have more than one meeting with the client before accepting the job: one to meet the parents and one to meet the kids.
This gives you and the family more time to get to know each other in a friendly and safe environment so that the parents will not feel as if they are being forced to leave their children in the hands of a stranger. Of course, there are other ways to get babysitting jobs than simply posting ads for yourself and hoping that a babysitter job is a result. Be pro active!