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Have you recently retired from your day to day job, but are finding that staying home is not quite what you envisioned? Are you bored and need something to stimulate your life? You could pick up a part time job at any retail store-they are always willing and eager to hire retired persons, but this may not be what you have in mind. You really want to be around youngsters again, you loved raising your own kids, and you miss all the activity associated with family life. Why not look into doing a little babysitting occasionally? There is certainly a need for competent, experienced sitters no matter what area you live in.

Starting off part time may lead to something you even want to do full time. In this case, you may even want to start a babysitting franchise with a few of your retired friends who feel the same boredom you did. What a great way to get back out into the world doing what you enjoy and earning an income at the same time. Many parents would much rather leave their children with someone older and wiser, rather than a teenager with minimum experience. This is where you and your friends come in. Together, you can figure out a schedule where someone is available at all times. Some of you may prefer evening hours, while others could be willing to work during the day.

Get a group of friends together to discuss what you have in mind. Each person may have helpful suggestions to getting this business up and running, and together all of you may see that the opportunities are pretty much limitless. Decide who will be in charge, which person will take on the task of locating “clients” and scheduling interviews, and what your fees are going to be. You should also talk about whether you are supplying just a babysitting service, or whether you might include some other duties if needed. For example, would you be willing to take the children on outings or outdoor activities, like a trip to the beach or an afternoon movie if the parents make that request?

Starting a babysitting business is not just telling a few people and waiting for that first phone call. You need to promote the business by advertising, and you can do this is a few different ways. Of course, your local newspaper comes first to mind, but what about listing the business at schools or colleges? How about a website that gives a short profile of each person who is offering this service? If you are not computer savvy, this can be set up for a very reasonable fee by someone who is. Maybe your own kids would be willing to help, and delighted to see you are not languishing at home with nothing to do. Retirement doesn’t mean that your working and active life is over-in some cases, it is just the beginning of a fun, new adventure.

Parents who are in need will be delighted to have your service in their area. Whether it is a night out once in a while, a few hours away to run errands or maybe see a movie in the afternoon, or a day of shopping without the kids, you will be in demand once word of your babysitting franchise gets out and around. See what fun retirement can be once you put your mind to work? The best thing about a business like this is that you are your own boss, you can choose when and when not to work, and you will be doing this with friends you have known for years, while providing a very valuable service for your community. Get in touch with your recently retired co-workers, old friends, and relatives to see what they think about starting a babysitting business with you. Chances are you are going to have a long list of willing participants, and no lack of experienced sitters once you get started.

Want to know more ahead of time about whether this idea will take off in your area? Take a poll, ask questions, speak with people you know who have children, and ask friends or relatives what they think. More often than not, the answers you get will be positive, and people will be excited and eager to see you succeed.


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