Why would anyone choose to hire a babysitter, especially during harsh financial times?
The recent financial crisis is not the only factor that can influence the consumers’ preferences when it comes to spending money. Otherwise, it might seem impossible to explain the technological explosion, while many of the modern gadgets are mostly used for games and other forms of entertainment. You need to see the bigger image.
First, the quality of life is slowly going up. People need more sophisticated services, whether they are useful or not. Second, a lot of couples work a lot. They have well paid office jobs, but they barely have any free time. When a baby shows up, they will try to find a solution in order to keep the income at a high level.
I know that such agencies work on commissions. The family who needs a babysitter usually pays a one time fee, which is normally half the first salary. You do not even need an office for this business idea. You can meet the parents and babysitters out for a coffee. However, a small official place might increase your credibility. What is more important is to match the demand and offer.
It is quite simple to find babysitters too because plenty of students fail to find full time jobs, so they will definitely accept such a job.