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Top 3 Reasons to Babysit in San Diego

Steadily, we are seeing more and more working parents nationwide and these numbers are only going up, resulting in significant demand and necessity for childcare. San Diego, in particular, has an unemployment rate of 2.8% and about 34.1% of households have children, yet the county suffers from a childcare gap, as a result, these conditions bring about a large market for babysitters.

Working as a babysitter in San Diego is ideal, particularly for high school and college students, as it can be very flexible and is one of the highest paying jobs for these groups. In San Diego, many babysitting jobs will pay well above the county minimum wage. Furthermore, with over 20 colleges in the county, students have the opportunity to babysit to help pay for educational fees and can work with other young people when companies like Helpr provide childcare for events.


1. Babysitting can lead to future employment

If you develop good connections with the families you work for, they can be a great reference or even connect you to future employers. Additionally, many jobs require you to have job experience, babysitting can be a great step into the workforce and can be used on your resume. It’s also a good side hustle!

2. It keeps your inner child alive

There is nothing that keeps you younger than playing with children. Babysitting can be such a fun job, especially in San Diego where the weather is almost always perfect for outdoor playtime.

3. It is fulfilling

When you work closely with children you can help build up their self-esteem and you can teach them important life skills and see them grow from challenges. Seeing your hard work in action can be incredibly rewarding and motivating.   

Helpr in San Diego

Babysitting can be a great start to a career or a viable side hustle, however, you may need to take on various gigs for a sustainable income, which may require numerous applications and interviews even for one-time jobs. Helpr eases this issue and screens you only once for consistent daily work.

Helpr supports you along the way with cancel protection, rate transparency, and a 24/7 help line to ensure that your only job is to care for the kids and have fun without any worries—you will never be alone.

If you’re in San Diego, you can live your best babysitter life by caring for families in their home and during events knowing you are fully supported.

Meet Lukas, an employee at Snap and parent of two kids

Meet Lukas, an employee at Snap and parent of two kids

We sat down with Lukas Blakk, Mobile Release Manager at Snap, to learn about how back-up care impacts her work and family life.

How many kids do you have? How old are they?

We have a 12 year old and a 3.5 year old.

How long have you been at Snap and in what position?

I'm a Mobile Release Manager and have been at Snap for over a year.

Can you describe what finding backup childcare was like before Helpr? Did Snap offer anything?

We got our 3-year-old within a month of my start date at Snap, so I didn't have experience finding backup childcare. It was a blur of getting him to California from the East Coast, finding the right preschool, and then figuring out how to get alone time with my partner. Snap offered Helpr from the get-go so it was an immediate, and very welcome, relief to have such a service.

Does your partner work?

Yes, she's the provost for an arts college and extremely busy.

How often have you used Helpr since it's been offered to you as a benefit? Can you provide any specific examples of how you used it? (i.e. critical backup care, date night)

It's been critical on a couple of days where my youngest's preschool was closed. Helpr also gave us a couple of times to rest and recover from the deep dive into preschooler parenting. Getting a Helpr for the first time to take ourselves to brunch and to the spa for an hour was invaluable to our sanity in the first few months. Another time, his preschool was closed but I had a meeting in Cupertino with Apple that I absolutely could not miss. Helpr was there to save the day.

Would you be less productive at work without Helpr? How?

Knowing I can book a Helpr in a pinch is definitely key to feeling like I won't disappoint my team.

How important is wellness to being both a present parent and employee?

Super important to me! I'm not as young as some of my co-workers and I have a lot of need to be efficient in my work, but also really present with my family. Being able to have flexible hours is huge (Snap is great for this) but so is having extra benefits that support me in providing time for myself and my partner when we need to rest.

My partner and I also don’t have parents nearby. So in many ways, Helpr offers a benefit that’s similar to having family in-town, because we can call on Helpr in a moment’s notice.

Meet Ashley Mason: Featured Santa Barbara Babysitter

I grew up in a tiny town between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, California. A place so small there are only two high schools in the entire county. I am the oldest girl of three in my family so you could say that this is what started my journey in being a babysitter. I decided to move to Santa Barbara 4 years ago to get an immersive college experience but what I didn’t expect was to fall so in love with this beach town. Currently, I'm a drop-in babysitter and love it. 

What did you love most about being a kid?

When I was a kid I loved school and/or being in charge. I remember begging my mom to allow me to go to summer school when I did not need to so that I could continue going to school throughout the summer.  During the year, the school librarian would come by my classroom almost daily to remind me she was there and encourage me to come and get a new book to read that day. One of my favorite accomplishments was having read the most words throughout the year in the fifth grade - even beating out the smart boys.


What are you most excited to share with kids you babysit for?

I am most excited to share my knowledge. I love when I teach a kid something new and they are able to retain that information with them forever. It’s fun having a friendship with such a tiny person because they get excited so easily which makes me excited. I think when they see that I am interested to play with them and let them take the lead, they have more fun exploring. 

Why do you like most about being a sitter?

I like being able to work with lots of different families. I have met people from all over the United States and it always intrigues me to learn about their different parenting styles. It is very interesting to see how kids from different areas reflect their regional culture. Meeting new people all the time is really fun for me.


What have you learned about yourself since working with children?

I have learned that it’s okay to embrace my emotional side. With children, their emotions are always so big. If they fall down it is the worst thing that could ever happen to them and they cry and cry. On the opposite end though if they get 100% on their spelling test, they are ecstatic and nothing could make them happier. As an adult I feel that society encourages us us to suppress emotions, but since I'm around children so often, it's taught me to embrace the natural ups and downs. 

Favorite activity with kids:

Definitely arts and crafts. Kids are so creative. Teaching kids new ways to create then have them show it off to their parents first thing gives me a great feeling.

During solo time, you’ll find me:

Either watching Grey's Anatomy or catching up with my friends and family who live far away.

I can’t live without:

A full night’s sleep.

My favorite sitter as a child:

My Auntie Stephanie. My younger sister and I spent many summers at her house. She taught us to bake and sew.

In 5 years, I'll be:

Hopefully more established in my career goals and more clear on what I want in the long term. I hope to have traveled more and lived in a few more places. 

3 non-essential items that help carry you through your day:
Chapstick, glitter, and knowing that I have my bed to go home to at the end of the day.