How to find her
Eager sitters are living all around you -- the key is identifying the best one for your needs. You can ask family and friends for recommendations, use a paper or electronic posting, or go online to Sittercity.com. Here's how to write a successful ad that will entice worthy candidates:
Start with specifics about job. We are looking for a sitter to work Saturday nights in Newton, MA. Must be reliable and have experience with babies and toddlers. Our two active boys are ages 3 and 9 months.
Add in personality. Love of pizza and dinosaurs a plus!
Make your requirements reasonable. Please have two excellent references, two years' paid babysitting experience, and your own transportation to our house. No smokers, please.
Weed out potential conflicts, like allergies. We have a dog. Will pay $12 an hour.
Don't forget contact info. If interested, please contact Brenda at 555-555-4567 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, or e-mail Brenda@youraddress.com.