Advice for Housekeepers

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Get tips for finding a housekeeping job, learning how much to charge for housekeeping services and being a better housekeeper.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's -- the end of the year is hectic for families. But what about caregivers, who often have their own family plus their employer's family to care for?...
Many caregivers are also students, combining busy school schedules with demanding jobs. Finding the time to complete homework, manage your class and work schedules, fulfill your employer's needs and...
It's easy to check items off your to-do list when you have half a day free. But what about when you only have an hour or even just a few minutes with nothing to do? Maybe you're a nanny who has an hour...
Whether you are trying to find a nanny job or are just starting your career as a housekeeper, you'll likely need to go on interviews. Putting your best foot forward before, during and after the interview...
One of the best things about the holidays is how it feels when we give someone a present we know they will love. When it comes to gifts for the people who sign our paychecks, however, gift-giving rules...
It's not fun to think about emergencies. But as much as you hope they'll never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are things that everyone -- especially people who care for...
Finding the right fit should be just as important to you as it is to the family you're interviewing for. While the employer will do their part in covering the necessary questions, you should come with...
How to Get Housekeeping Jobs
You're scrolling through the job listings on sites like Care.com and you spot your perfect job. It's the one you've been waiting for, and you know you're the best person for the position....
When you're applying to jobs on Care.com, what's one of the most important things to have on your profile? A great profile picture!In fact, you're more than twice as likely to be contacted...
Start the new year off right. It's no longer plain old January. It's now the month you're going to finally land that dream job (or jobs). In your honor, we're renaming it #jobuary!When...
As a basic provider, you know there are plenty of tools available to personalize your Care.com experience. You can tell us your schedule and when you're available for work. You can add references and ask...
Summer jobs come in all shapes and sizes -- and it's easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. When New York City-based Meg Hagar thinks back on all her summer jobs, she loved working at the New...
Between the hours you spend searching and applying for open positions, finding a new job is exhausting. The trickiest part about the whole process is the competition. How do you stand apart from the rest...
You know your squeegee from your Swiffer and you're ready to call them both into action. There are lots of available cleaning jobs on Care.com, but how do you stand out from the competition? A polished...
Once you've established yourself as a housekeeper, it's time to grow your business and increase revenue. Delores Garcia*, who owns a housecleaning company in Las Vegas, and Tammy Wright, a Denver,...
No matter the job you're seeking, you are bound to be competing against worthy candidates. To stand out from the crowd, start with a great profile that helps you shine on paper and reflects your strengths...
Hiring a housekeeper can change your life! They keep your house clean when you don't have the time and leave it looking and smelling great. But did you ever think about what she can do beyond basic...
The bio section of your profile on Care.com can be your biggest selling point -- or end up costing you a job. But when you sit down to fill it in, it's easy to get hit with a big case of writer's block....
Job searching is hard. Sometimes you find a great job immediately and sometimes it can take a while. Plus, you're busy and it can be difficult to devote all of your time to a job search. At Care.com, we...
Finding a great caregiving job -- whether you're a nanny, sitter, senior care aide, housekeeper, pet sitter, etc. -- can be tough. Many people take the same old approach. They apply to a job, wait to hear...
When Eric Gabrielson, of Trenton, N.J., and his wife were looking for a nanny online, they often knew at first glance if one had potential. They instantly disqualified one profile filled with misspelled...
You know that honesty is the best policy, but do you really need to tell prospective employers about those unpaid parking tickets from college?
At Care.com, we love getting feedback from our members -- it helps us to understand the thoughts, issues and concerns of families and caregivers on our site. We also love giving our members an opportunity...
Other than being a superstar caregiver, you may have many other skills under your belt that can be extremely valuable to families during every time of year. Set yourself apart from other candidates and...
You polished your profile, wrote a strong cover letter and submitted an application for an ideal caregiving job. But what now? Don't sit back, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Keep your name at...
When you're searching for a new job on Care.com, it's important to have a detailed and accurate profile. But what's one of the most important parts of the page? The reviews!Caregivers with...
For students, the breaks between school semesters can be a period for relaxing and refocusing. But many people also use it as a time to earn extra cash. Whether you're searching for a summer vacation...
When you are interviewing for a housecleaning job, you want to put your best foot forward, so it's important to follow all the typical interview advice: be on time, dress nicely, be polite, etc. But...
Throwing yourself into the job market can be overwhelming. Finding a caregiving job that ultimately suits you takes even more dedication on top of it. Care.com has many tools and resources to assist you...
Have the dust bunnies made themselves at home, not only under your bed, but also on your profile? Use this time to spring clean your information on Care.com so your profile stands out from the crowd. Here...
Back-to-school season is just around the corner and families schedules are about to get chaotic! In fact, here at Care.com, we see huge increases in the number of jobs posted during the summer. Families...
Ever noticed a feature on the left side of your "My Care.com" page called "My Connections"? If you haven't tried it out yet, it's a valuable tool for finding a job. What...
Whether your picture was rejected from Care.com or families aren't responding to your job applications, it might be due to a bad picture. Didn't bother to upload a photo? It's likely families...
Your profile is up and now you're waiting for some action. When you're looking for a child care job online, your profile is your first chance to make an impression -- now make it count. If you're struggling...
Searching for a new job is a job in and of itself. And when using an online job platform like Care.com, it's crucial to be ready for businesses and families to contact you anytime. The new year is...
At Care.com we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny or nanny job can be a little overwhelming, so we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more and more people turn to our site...
A Care.com job alert is a message our caregivers receive, letting them know about brand new job opportunities. When families post openings onto Care.com, you'll be notified of the new opportunity...
When you're looking for a new job, you need to put your best foot forward at all times. But with today's world of social media, it's not always what you say, but what you've said that matters -- and that...
Have you been looking for a job on Care.com and noticing that some of the openings sound a little similar or generic? Don't worry, it's not spam! Care.com has a Job Wizard to help families quickly...
When you're looking for a job -- whether it's one caring for a child, a pet, a home or someone who is elderly or has special needs, etc. -- it's important to be aware of all your options. While many of...
Did you know that using too many exclamation points or misspelled words can cost you a job? Over and over again, families complain about one thing: caregivers with sloppy profiles and messages with lots...
Interview Tips
While a well-tailored suit and button-down are expected attire when applying for a job at an investment bank, it’s not the norm when applying for a caregiving position. When dressing for an interview,...
Pay Rates, Training, References and Safety Issues
Working as a nanny or other type of caregiver can be unpredictable. The parents both work late one night and then they also need you on that weekend. In a blink, you have a 55-hour work week under your...
Working as a caregiver is rewarding in many different ways. You have a flexible schedule and get to help people on a daily basis. But if your bank account needs a little extra boost, use Care.com to make...
When you accept a job as a nanny or other caregiver, one of the first questions you ask is "How much will I get paid?" If a potential employer wants to pay you in cash off the books, red flags...
Figuring out the role of your housekeeper can be more arduous than you think. Your first step should be to fully understand what the position of a housekeeper entails. Basic housekeeping duties include...
Cleaning is tough work and, when you're a housekeeper, no one day is the same as the next. When you do something as varied as cleaning houses, even your set rates can change with each job. And when you...
The holiday season shakes up everyone's schedule. The kids are off from school, families travel and social calendars become filled with family get-togethers, holiday parties, church activities and...
When you were first hired, you may have jumped on the job because you needed the money -- any money. But have you taken the time to make sure you're being paid at least the minimum wage? About 23 percent...
Reviews and references are crucial parts of your Care.com profile. Caregivers who have them are six times more likely to be contacted by potential employers. You know you're top-notch at your job, but...
As someone who makes a living caring for others, you offer your best work every day. If you’ve held the same job for a while and your pay rate hasn’t increased -- but your experience and responsibilities...
When you’re a caregiver, you know life is unpredictable. Families move, children grow older and families face financial hardships -- all of which can result in you losing your job through no fault...
When it comes to getting a first professional cleaning, a house’s level of cleanliness and number of rooms count. Many housecleaners charge more for an initial scouring, but is that a good idea?...
You can make a great living working for many families instead of just one. Maybe word has spread about your reliability as a pet sitter and you work for 15 regular families every week. Or maybe you juggle...
The health insurance industry went through a major change in 2014, as the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- also known as ObamaCare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...
When you get any job, one of your first questions is often "How much money will I bring home?" Take home pay for caregivers can vary widely, but should always be based on gross pay -- not net pay. When...
As a caregiver, you know you’re considered a household employee, not an independent contractor, so when your new family tells you they’d rather not pay taxes, you’re a taken aback. In...
Families sometimes see caregivers, like nannies, babysitters, senior care aides, etc., as independent contractors, not as employees. They may ask you to fill out a Form 1099 (for independent contractors)...
Cleaning Business Tips
Congratulations! You've just been hired to help someone take care of their home...
The cost of housekeeping services can be based on many factors and varies from one area to another.
Want to let you clients know what you did while they were out? Need new supplies or have you finished a project? Use the Housekeeping Checklist to tell them, in detail, about what you did and make requests...
Becoming a housekeeper sounds simple. You apply to cleaning jobs on sites like Care.com and slowly start to build a group of clients who pay you to clean their houses. But if you want to make a good living...
One of the hardest parts of being a housekeeper is figuring out what to charge clients. There are a lot of factors to consider, like the location, the size of the house, the frequency of cleanings, how...
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