Anonymous asked: could you talk about your experience with nanny shares a little? I am interviewing for a couple and don't have any experience with them, though I do have a ton of other nanny experience. What is different, what should I keep in mind? What should I expect as far as compensation? Do they both pay me or is it a combined total?
I like doing nanny shares a lot because it’s a way to get a livable wage without having to only work for the wealthiest families.
You raise your own price because you take on the hassle/coordination of working with two different families (having twice as many bosses/opinions to answer to, two different family styles of parenting, and of course just having two kids at once is a lot more work than having only one or even having two siblings that are used to being around each other all the time).
So basically, I charge $18/hr for a nanny share, and that means each family is paying $9/hr for their portion - which is cheaper than they would normally be able to find a nanny for just their own child in Philadelphia (the average being $13/hr for one child in Philly).
Of course, prices are different around the country and in rural vs. urban areas, and you should price what is normal or expected in your area. Since you’re anonymous I’m not sure if you’re someone I know in Philly or someone elsewhere.
Each family pays me at the end of the week for my hourly rate of $9/hr. So I get two lumps of cash.
I’ve had nanny shares work flawlessly and I’ve had them be significantly harder than other nanny gigs. I won’t take on nanny shares unless I feel communication will be spot on between families and I don’t get any weird competitive vibes between families, etc. It can be really hard to have both families whispering to you about one another and having to be this weird in between defending both of them. It also can be really hard if you have a tough sleeper who has trouble sleeping in an environment other than the one they’re used to at home.
But overall, I’ve found that in doing nanny shares I’ve been able to find people who are more gracious and appreciative of being able to have access to at home care for their kids, when they may have otherwise been unable to afford it. It means I’m not only working for the richest of the rich - folks who often take what you do for granted and think that it is owed to them.