Special thanks to my friends at CluckCluck for partnering with me on this post. And an even more special thanks to them for making something so unbelievably awesome. I can’t wait to get started and I’m honored to help spread the word!
So this morning I watched a YouTube video and I cried. That’s probably not a very surprising thing to hear because our Facebook feeds are full to the brim with content that evokes strong emotions. But in this case, I was watching a 1 minute video about an app for simplifying babysitting. Important, but not exactly “get you in the feels” stuff. But I really did cry, and I think it’s because in that 1 minute I realized how much easier taking care of all the aspects of child care is about to get. Trust me, this is 1 minute of your time well-spent.
Why I Love CluckCluck
I have two babysitters that I have used regularly over the past year. They are both delightful people, and I’m equally comfortable hiring them. So I’m never sure who to reach out to first when I have an upcoming babysitting need. Is this scenario familiar to you: you reach out to one sitter (perhaps she is your #1 pick) in the hopes that she is available, and by the time you hear back from her (and she ISN’T available) your #2 pick is no longer available, either. With CluckCluck, you notify them at the same time of the babysitting opportunity and the first person to take the job gets it. Simple as that! Or if they both decline, you know sooner, rather than later.
I know that my sitters much prefer to receive cash. College students don’t find themselves at the bank a lot, and depositing a check is just one more thing for them to do, or one more thing for them to lose. But I rarely have cash, and when I do have cash, I rarely have the correct amount. So scrounging up the payment is always a pain in the rear. With Cluck, Cluck you just pay them via Paypal. This is GLORIOUS!!!!
All the important info you want to make sure your sitter has is right there on the app. Emergency contact numbers, special instructions for the evening (such as homework or if there’s been a change in the bedtime routine). Everything is accessible via smartphone, and you are kidding yourself if you think your sitter isn’t going to be on her smartphone at any point in time while babysitting. This app is a great tool because it’s on a platform that the sitters already know, love and use.
CluckCluck is just .99. It is worth so much more than that, but I’ll gladly pay it! My plan is to also give my sitters the dollar it will cost them to download the app so that they don’t incur an out of pocket expense (tiny though it may be!). Everybody is going to win with this app, friends.
So, are you ready to revolutionize how you book, direct and pay your sitters?