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#1 of 11 Old 08-03-2009, 09:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My friends have asked me to watch their baby 5 days a week for 2.5 hours each day (mid-morning to early afternoon.) I am on the northshore of massachusetts. Their house is about a 20 minute drive away, but I often go to that general area anyway so that isn't a huge deal. I just don't know what the going rate at all is for babysitting. I would be bringing my toddler. TIA!

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I charge friends $9 and non-friends $10 in the metroboston area while bringing my toddler. You might be able to ask some more for a newborn as I'm generally looking after other toddlers, but hey she's a friend

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I am on the Northshore as well and I charged friends and relatives 8$ and non friends 10. That is when they come to my home. When I go to a clients home I charge 14-16$.

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You would charge $14-$16 for a friend?

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I'd charge more if I was going to their house.

25 hours of childcare and 3 1/3 hours of driving per week? Maybe you could just tack on the hourly rate to your travel time if you don't think charging more per hour at their house is fair.

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I'd charge more if I was going to their house.

25 hours of childcare and 3 1/3 hours of driving per week? Maybe you could just tack on the hourly rate to your travel time if you don't think charging more per hour at their house is fair.
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You would charge $14-$16 for a friend?
Most of my clients have become my friends. I am also a professional nanny with twenty five years of experience. For a close friend I guess I would flex at twelve. But this would include my travel etc.

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When I babysat while attending Gordon I was being paid $10-12/hr. That was 10 years ago.

Sad to say, now with two girls of my own I can't afford my own babysitting services!

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Most of my clients have become my friends. I am also a professional nanny with twenty five years of experience. For a close friend I guess I would flex at twelve. But this would include my travel etc.
Agreed that $12 would be a very reasonable rate, and that you should definitely add additional $ for your travel time/gas. You could also charge more in still be in line with the going rate. A lot of college-age sitters charge more than $12.

My adult sitter charges $15, and brings her little one along (we're on the North Shore too).
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When I babysat while attending Gordon I was being paid $10-12/hr. That was 10 years ago.

Sad to say, now with two girls of my own I can't afford my own babysitting services!
I went to Gordon also! Graduated 2000. Sounds like we were there at the same time. How funny.

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On the north shore here, too. Our experienced, adult sitter charges $10 for 1 and $12 for both kids (4 years and an infant). She could easily demand more, though. I babysat for a friend's baby a few years ago and charged $8. I was watching him w/ DD. It seemed reasonable to me.

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