Remember my post about being stiffed for babysitting? I had posted an ad in the facebook group sort of explaining what happened and how I would really like another child to watch but would need payment in advance. Never heard anything for a while.
Yesterday I got a message from a mom wanting care for various hours (she works at a restaurant) at least through the summer, and she was desperate for someone for TODAY but couldn't pay for today until she picked her up and could pay in advance after that.
So I weighed the options, I really don't mind watching a child for free once in a while, so I figured I could help her out today and if it didn't work out no big deal.
We were texting last night and I said I didn't know what to charge but that the girl who didn't pay me, we had agreed on $16 for an 8-hour day - I know this is on the low end, I was being helpful I thought, plus he was an easy kid and no trouble at all...
She was like "she cheated you out of THAT? Wow!" and she said she pays $25 for 4 hours and 40ish for 8 or more, and for today she would pay $45 when she picked her up at 9.
My jaw dropped, and I was like no way could this be true.
But she showed up today, she seems really nice (so did the last girl...), her daughter is really cute and sweet. She mentioned paying at pickup again (rather than at the end of the week or whatever) and thanked me for watching her at such short notice.
It's been pretty mellow so far. She's a good eater. I'm about to put her down for a nap, and then get Corbin down for his.
Maybe I'm just nervous from being burned last time, but what do you think? Am I being played again?