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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made on Care.com

Whether you're a caregiver or searching for care, avoid these all-too-common slip-ups. At Care.com, we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny -- or the perfect nanny job -- can be a little overwhelming. So, we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more... more

The Background on Background Checks

This quick guide to background checks will help you navigate the process a little easier. Background checks can be an important part of the hiring process, as they can help in revealing a person's criminal history. Care.com provides access to background checks that can aid in your search... more

Are You Paying Your Caregiver Minimum Wage?

Learn about the minimum wage laws in your state and pay caregivers what they're worth. Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage? "Just as you are compensated for the work you... more

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The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Your Care Options

What is respite care, why is it so important, and how can you access it? If you’re caring for a child with a disability, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Many people around you will assume that you’ll be your child’s sole caretaker around the clock! But you don’t... more

How to Write a Care.com Review

A quick review of a care provider will help families who are researching their care options. Learn how to create one.     When Kathy S. of Roanoke, Va. reviewed her child's favorite tutor, she had only one thing in mind: "I wanted everyone to know that I would... more

9 Ways to Make Better -- and Safer -- Hiring Decisions

Find the right nanny, babysitter, senior care, pet care or home care with these simple safety steps. Care.com strives to give you powerful tools that can help you to make the best hiring decision possible. Whether you're searching for a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter, housekeeper, senior care provider... more

How to Arrange a Trial Run With a Nanny

10 steps to make sure the trial period with your new nanny, babysitter or caregiver goes smoothly. Before you hire a new nanny, babysitter, senior care aide, housekeeper or other type of caregiver, you want to be confident that the fit is going to be a good one. One way... more

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The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Interview Questions

What you should ask when interviewing a respite caregiver. It can be nerve-wracking to think of handing off your child’s care to anyone -- let alone a relative stranger. But with preparation, you can find a respite caregiver who will help your child thrive and give you a chance to rest. If... more