First impressions matter. Create a professional profile to get more requests!
Selecting a quality profile picture
Here are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing your profile picture:
1. Your profile photo needs to be a photo of just you. A group photo makes it tough for Parents to know who it is they’re hiring!
2. Make sure your photo isn’t dark, blurry, or taken from too far away. Again, the purpose of this picture is to give Parents an idea of what you look like, and to establish a connection—this is difficult if they can’t really see you.
3. Consider your profile your own personal storefront! Your profile picture should be similar to how you would present yourself for a job interview or an important school function. That means no filters and no poses you wouldn’t feel comfortable with if you are meeting a client for the first time.
4. If your profile photo is left blank or is not up to the standards presented here, it will be automatically deactivated until you are able to update the picture in question.
Creating an effective bio
Your “About Me” section is a reflection of you! Make sure you present yourself in the best possible light by making sure you don’t have any typos, misspelled words, or poor grammar in your bio. Once you’re done, read it again and triple-check for typos or awkward phrasing. You can update your bio by clicking the My Account tab -> My Experience -> Tell Us About.
Here are a couple of key things to keep in mind when choosing your profile picture:
When writing your bio, try sharing information about yourself that will be relevant to Parents. If you have prior experience babysitting, let them know! Other things that demonstrate your work ethic, skills, or personality are encouraged as well. Let Parents know that you’re an athlete, have a car, volunteer on the weekends, or any other information that speaks to your interests, strengths, or character.
Don’t worry about giving Parents your life story. Ideally, your bio should be 150-200 words long.
Setting your rate
As a Bambino Sitter, you are able to set your own rates! This gives you the freedom to run your “business” just how you like! If you’re unsure of what to charge, utilize the chart provided in the app to determine what amount is typically charged in your area, keeping in mind your experience level.
To change your rate: Click the “My Account” tab in the bottom right of the app. From there, look for the “My Hourly Rate” button and click that. This screen will let you change your hourly rate and provide you with helpful information about the rate you are charging.
NOTE: If you change your rate, it will only affect future sits. Confirmed sits are locked in at your current rate. Negotiating rates with a parent outside of the rate listed is prohibited and grounds for immediate removal from the app.
Setting your availability
Once your profile is Active, you will be visible for requests from parents up to 10 miles away from your address. To remove your profile from Parents' request lists for certain times, update your availability in your calendar.
When you add events to your calendar, you will not receive requests during those times or days.
To set your availability, go to the My Account tab -> My Calendar -> Add Event.
Getting a recommendation
For Sitters who have never babysat before, ask a Parent, coach, or teacher to recommend you based on your character, work habits, and responsibility! For Sitters with prior experience babysitting, ask a former Parent you’ve sat for to write you a recommendation based on their experience with you.
Recommendations don’t need to be formal, or meet a certain length requirement, but should be meaningful and helpful to Parents that are considering hiring you. This is a critical step in the process and lends credibility to your profile.