Did any of you read The Babysitters Club series as a kid? Who are we kidding guys…you know you read them. I’m pretty sure I read ALL of them. I thought their club would be so cool to have and maybe if I had personally liked babysitting a little better, I would have made a club of my own. Well fast forward 15 years and guess what? Sitter City has formed a virtual babysitters club! They created an app called Sitterati that works very much like the babysitters club did in those old books.
After you download the app, you register yourself as a parent and go through the registration process. You will need to supply your payment information (don’t worry, it’s secure!)
Then you can invite your sitters to join and accept your invitation. Here you can see the sitters I’ve invited (well obviously ‘Molly’ is a fake test sitter!). When you send the invitation, you can import their contact info from your phone contacts and then the invitation will be automatically texted to them. They complete their own registration. If you get your friends to register then you can import their babysitters as well! And your babysitters can invite their friends to sign up and be on your list too.
So this is where it’s cool: you just create a job like “I need a sitter for Friday at 3 pm” and all the sitters on your list will get the message. If one of them wants to do it, they claim the job! Awesome right? No more spending hours on the phone tracking down a babysitter!
Then after they complete the job, you pay them via the app and their account info is also in the app so the money goes right to them! Very easy and convenient for all those times you don’t have cash (which for me is all the time!).
So it’s great on so many levels! It makes it super easy for parents to quickly find a sitter, it makes it very easy for babysitters to find jobs and keep them organized, everyone gets paid easily and the money goes straight in the bank.
I think that if you organized a youth activity with a bunch of the sitters you know (maybe like a church youth group) and everyone filled out their registration on Sitterati, then everyone in the group would benefit! The parents would be able to help the youth earn some money by getting babysitting jobs and the parents can find a sitter in a snap! I love this idea and totally want to get my friends and babysitters using it! I HATE getting babysitters and half the time we just decide to not go out because we’d have to find a sitter. But this app would make using it so easy.
*Just to clarify: If you invite your sitter to use it, I would definitely talk to their parents first about getting on the app and supplying payment information. All the information is protected and safe!
This post is sponsored by Sitterati and Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. Pictures courtesy of www.sitterati.com.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.