How to make money from Home - helping others

Make money helping others

This is a guide on how to make money from home helping others. In most towns and cities there is a massive demand for services such as: babysitting, ironing, English and maths tuition and caring for the elderly. Your way of making money is to act as a co-ordinator between those who need one of these services and those who can provide it. Anyone with a telephone and ideally a computer can run a profitable, stress free home based agency with very little start up costs. The baby sitting agency is the simplest to set up. The market is phenomenal and advertising costs extremely low. You will really make money from home.

This business is so dynamic that you will not be able to cope with the level of demand within months of starting up. So, you need to plan carefully to ensure it doesn't take over your life. Your aim should be to make a comfortable living from home with the minimum impact on your family life.

GETTING STARTED

You will need a separate ring tone for your business line. This is the most cost efficient option. When your business takes off- which it certainly will , you will need a separate business line. You could include your mobile phone and email address. There isn't any real need for a website.

A large appointment calendar is a must. It needs to show the date, name of each sitter, location of the job, time of the job and client's name.

Generating business

The brilliant thing about this business is that it will generate and multiply itself effortlesssly. Customers will recommend your service to others and the babysitters will spread the word among themselves

Choosing your sitters

You must be very selective in the sitters you choose. Mature women are your best bet. They are more reliable than teenagers, don't have a curfew, often have a car and are more likely to have child care experience. An obvious place to recruit is from a pool of dinner ladies or teaching assistants in local schools. They are low paid and would welcome the extra money. They should also already be police checked.

Interviewing the sitters

Application form - easy to get one online or from a temp agency

Or follow this format

1. Name address phone mobile email

2 Age Marital status

3 Names of children and ages

4 Education

5 current job - previous experience

6 experience with children

7 Driving licence and access to car

8 Hours and days available

9 References

10 Notes from interview . First aider - experienced nappy / diaper changer / feeding and general care of babies. Good rapport with teenagers etc

Choose your sitters carefully and there should be very few occasions that you have any disputes with your clients. Be prepared to strike any client off your list if a couple return so intoxicated that they don't stick to an agreement to deliver the babysitter home safely.

How to adverise for clients

This is so easy.

Advertise this service by placing adverts in supermarkets and newsagents. Make contacts with local schools. Leaflet your area. Have an online presence if you want. But I can tell you this is a "word of mouth business." It cannot fail. You will get too much business if you over advertise.

Stay in control.

Collecting your fee.

Obviously you need to charge the going hourly rate for your area. Suppose the local rate is $10 an hour. (The minimum sitting time should be 3 hours). Your fee would be $10 each time you arrange a job for a sitter. So the sitter will get $ 20 for 3 hours and you will get $10.You only need 20 jobs a week to make $ 200 a week. 50 jobs and $500 a week. But don't get greedy, you want this to be a stress free home job.

The market for this is huge. Remember, if you use mature women as babysitters you will have a dependable flexible pool of babysitters and your service will be in such demand you will be tempted to open an office in town to cope with the demand. Resist this temptation. You want to work from home and make a decent income. Keeping it simple will give you a solid income for life. You will be working from home with very little overheads.

Further hubs are in progress about setting up other home businesses. Watch this space.

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Great suggestions. I have not thought of this for myself, though I know that there is a huge demand in my area. All I have to do is look in the local community paper and city paper and there are want adds for nannies and sitters. It's a gold mine!


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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

Hi Beth. Thanks for the comments.I work from home tutoring. I enjoy doing it but I know I would make more money running a tutor agency. Almost as easy to set up.


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Useful! I need something else to do like I need a hole in the head, but I'm going to bookmark this and pass it along. Great job, Sean.


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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

Thanks hostage. It is rarely the case that I have been described as useful. More usually described as useless. So, I take that as a great compliment. Thanks again.


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Sean, I certainly hope you mean that in jest. I truly hope no one is describing you as useless...that's not even possible. Either way, I recall when I first joined hubpages you were of immediate support to me, and I want to let you that I really appreciate that---SJ.


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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

SJ, yes I am always saying things in jest.And I hope you do really well on hubpages. I supported you because you have real talent. Eventually google will realise this.Things are changing all the time.

Good luck in everything you do.

Sean


multimastery 6 years ago

Nice tips, this concept can be useful for a lot of different business ideas. Being a service broker is a smart low-cost business move.


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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

Thanks multmastery, i just checked you out and you have some fantastic hubs . So I will follow.. Don't feel obliged to follow. I usually write utter tripe.


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California

Thanks a lot for a very good idea. I wrote a hub about ways to make pocket money. I think I'll link that story with this one. Way cool, eh? Later!


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seanorjohn 6 years ago Author

Thanks Kosmo, just going to check out your hub.I will edit this hub with the words pocket money and then link to yours via hub Karma.


SLC 5 years ago

This is really great, thanks! Can't wait to see more hubs like it!


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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

Thanks SLC. I should have titled it setting up a baby sitting agency.


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stey_true 5 years ago from Maine

Great Hub idea! I'm glad this site is also used to help and inform people!


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seanorjohn 5 years ago Author

Thanks stey true and welcome to hub pages.


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Tams R 4 years ago from Missouri

Wow! I never considered the possibility of doing this. It seems so easy and helpful too. I'm going to check into this in my area. Thanks for the idea.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Great idea! I bookmarked and passed it along with my friends. Voted up and useful!


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seanorjohn 4 years ago Author

Thanks Urmilashukla, hope someone benefits.This is one of my few hubs that may be useful.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Very interesting. Sounds like something to look into and think about. Voted up!


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Claudia Mathews 21 months ago

Great idea and information. Thanks.

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