Just wondering if any of you have this situation - we have a terrific babysitter we pay $8 per hour to watch our son occasionally. We sometimes have a need for a babysitter to be "on call" for us, because my husband is sometimes on call for work. We aren't sure how to pay our sitter, and she isn't giving us a rate (she is super sweet and doesn't like to ask for money, lol.) It is important to us that we are fair with her.
If you have this situation, how do you pay your sitter? Do you pay her more for the hours she actually works, or do you pay a flat rate just to be on call, plus hourly if/when she is needed?
I guess it would depend on what you mean by "on call". Do you require her to not make any plans from x time to x time in case you need her or do you call her at the last minute to see if she can come babysit? If it is the first then yes, I would pay her at least a flat fee even if you don't have to call her in. If you have to call her at the last minute then I would probably pay $9 or $10 an hour instead of her regular $8.
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