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Should I charge more for my babysitting job?

Hello ladies I need your opinion. I babysit a 1 year old child from 7 am to 5 pm everyday, I was originally getting paid $190/wk (I know that’s low) but recently was told by the child’s mother that she could give me no more than $150/wk. We have became friends with this lady but I know my work is worth way more than that. I am a part time student and this job fits my schedule but I have been feeling like I deserve at least $250 a week but now I am even being lowered to $150. What do you guys think?

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I have been in a similar situation, and in the end you really need to do what is best for you. For me, I was driving 20 minutes each morning to watch a child for an hour before taking him to school. It was hard for me to quit, because it was a single parent household with no one else to help out. He was such a nice guy however, as a college student I needed to put my needs first, and I ended up quitting the job. The rest of the school year was so much less stressful, so I have no regrets. You can always explain your concerns to her, but if things can not be worked out, put yourself first!

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I believe you should charge more, explaining that you have done enough work to deserve a raise and that she should try to give you that raise unless she is financially incapable of doing so.

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A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. You have already created a good relationship with the family. Just persevere and stay with them for now because you can never know. When she realizes that you are a good person to deal with she may change her mind and increase it again even higher than you thought.

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User in Saint Paul, MN
April 29, 2019

In the US, legally you should be paid minimum of $362.50/wk (based off 10 hour days, 5 days per week and going off federal rate; your local rate may be higher like it is here in MN).

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User in Allentown, PA
April 18, 2019

I think that if she is going to lower it then you should have a discussion with her about you taking the job to pay bills. Just be respectful and ensure that everything you do is polite. Ultimately, if she feel s like the relationship is already made she will want you to stay as well. Figure out if she can't pay you in cash maybe she can offer you meals/gift cards/something else to compensate.

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Haley in Ann Arbor, MI
April 10, 2019

Hi! So I assume you mean M-F as everyday. If you were lowered to $150 thats $3 an hour. Your time is worth more than that. I think you're on a great website for finding new families to babysit. No matter your age, $3 is absurdly low and if you're actually working 7 days a week thats in the $2 range. Find a better position, make the money you deserve.

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Annalynn in Pullman, WA
March 18, 2019

If you know your work is worth more, talk to the family and negotiate a payment that meets both your needs.

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I was in a similar position. I counter offered and they declined, choosing to take an infant and a toddler out into horrible winter weather everyday instead. If you already feel underpaid, why would you agree to a pay cut? There is nothing more precious to a parent than their child, some just don't want to spend $$ on their care!

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User in Jupiter, FL
March 6, 2019

I think you need to communicate your concerns with her and maybe you both and work something out

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Maria in Addison, IL
March 3, 2019

Yes , depends how much the can afford to pay you

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I would not accept anything lower than $900 per week for those hours. That is incredibly low to me. It isn't even minimum wage. I am unfamiliar with your level of experience or in which state you live, but figure out 50 hours times the minimum wage and stand firm that you should receive that at least. If those hours fit your schedule, there are tons of positions looking for just that. Search for other jobs that pay at least minimum wage. That is slave wages.

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Aimee in Sandy, OR
Feb. 25, 2019

I think you should take your work elsewhere. The reason being is because she isn't meeting the minimum cost that your provided. You could still probably babysit time to time, but if this is the only income your getting, it would be super hard to provide yourself.

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Anna in Littleton, CO
Feb. 22, 2019

That's not good because you should be paid an amount that will make u feel comfortable to even do this work lovely

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I think it is great that you realize your worth as a nanny. Honestly, if the original price was $190.00 per week I think that your employer should stick to that. Find a way to compromise if you really love this job.

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If you know that your work is worth more, stick to your fees and never accept any less. There are plenty of people that can pay more and also babysitters that accept less too. There is no reason why you should accept less because you are providing the service they want and if they want to pay less, they need someone else.

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I would talk to her and explain you understand her need to save money but you wont be able to work as many hours for her as you have bills and other responsibilities to take care of.

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I think you definitely deserve more pay - HOWEVER if the pay is fitting your needs and you enjoy what you do, maybe it is okay with you to be paid less? I charge $15/hour and get paid almost $300 a week only working a few days a week because it adds up quickly. I had to "quit" working for a family who only paid me $10 an hour because they wanted to lower the pay, but that would be a huge hit to my personal finances. It all depends on your needs and how you feel.

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That's way less than a daycare would even charge for a 1-year-old. Find another job. It won't be hard to find something within those hours that pays a reasonable amount.

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User in Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 17, 2019

First off honey, you're no longer just "babysitting". You have taken the responsibility of a nanny without being compensated fairly. 7am to 5pm is a 10 hour day. Even if you made $7 an hour, five days a week, you should be making at least a surplus of $350 already! I charge at the very least $10 an hour. You are getting WAY too little and you need to express this to them ASAP. Start looking for another job because this family is abusing your nice nature and you are going to get really hurt in the end! I worked for a family who did this to me once. I was starting at 7am, getting off by 6-7pm and they paid less than 200 a week! Guess what? I had to find a different family because they refused to compensate more. I was making $4.44 an hour to watch their infant son. I crunched the numbers, and if you accept any less than you are already receiving then you would be making less than what the MINIMUM wage EVEN MORE! You make $3.8/hour right now! Please find a better family!

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Its a hard situation when an employer becomes more of a "friend" which makes it harder to have professional conversations about compensation. It helps to establish a written contract of expectations and compensation for service. You deserve to get paid more if you are providing an excellent service and the family likes you. However there are also lots of families out there who need help and may be willing to pay more. It doesn't hurt to look around but learning to speak about your concerns with the current family is VERY important on a professional level. Hope this helps!

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business and friendship two category. Typical stories we Hungarians mind has a quote, I translate it for you "if you have business and friendship its not fit together." or "avoid be friend in your business "I would change my situation in your case ,If I would be in that case.."move on .com"

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User in Pasco, WA
Feb. 8, 2019

Friends or not you are being taken advantage of, plain and simple! I don't know what state you're in but federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, that is the LOWEST you are legally able to accept. Working 50 hours a week that comes to $362.50 per week. Currently you are working for $3.80 per hour. Have value in what you do and get paid accordingly. Their are many families out here willing to pay a legal & livable wage for a quality nanny.

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User in Westwood, MA
Feb. 2, 2019

nope, dont settle for less. start looking for another job. I dont know where you live, but in Boston, it 15-20 / hour. Know your worth, friends or not.....

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I would ask her to find someone fit for the situation. that's not worth it

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