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As a mother with three young children living away from family in Westport, Connecticut, Elizabeth Aronson always relied heavily on babysitters. She said she had tried many services and had mixed luck before a fellow mom recommended Bambino, an app that connects families and babysitters based on a social network of recommendations.
“I found sitters I felt like I could trust last minute,” said Aronson. “It’s very convenient.”
Aronson said the added layer of parent reviews helped her feel confident that the sitters would do a good job.
“As a parent, a friend recommendation is so much more powerful,” said Sean Greene, the founder and CEO of Bambino Technologies, which launched in Los Angeles in 2016 and has since gone live in more than 50 cities across the country.
The app builds community by having managers in each neighborhood. When Aronson and her family relocated to Austin, Texas, she saw that there was an opportunity to grow a Bambino community in her new town.
She was so taken by the service that today Aronson is a market manager and head of training and development for Bambino in Austin.
“I enjoy connecting sitters with families,” Aronson said. As a mom, she takes her job personally and knows how important it is to find a last minute sitter on a Saturday night.
Bambino charges 10 percent for use of its app, and all prices shown include those fees. For example, if a sitter sets his or her rate at $10 an hour, the parent will see the cost as $11.
For babysitters, technology has added ease to finding jobs as well. Brianna Rocha, 34, is a Bambino elite sitter in Dallas, Texas. She started babysitting to make extra money outside of her daytime job in insurance.
Before using the app she was booking one babysitting job every few months. Now, she books jobs three to five days a week.
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“I don’t have to do any leg work, " Rocha said. “It’s a one stop shop.”
In about a month, she was able to buy a new refrigerator with the extra money she made babysitting.
For parents looking to find babysitters, here are some helpful tips.