Nannies, let’s figure out what sets you apart from the competition. Anyone can sit with a kid watching cartoons. What makes you the best caretaker?

  • How can you be more confident and hireable? 
  • Should you pursue skills that require a certification?
  • How do your taxes come into play?

Let’s chat about a few skills in the nanny industry that offer certifications and a few that do not.

What’s Your Niche?

Everyone wants to feel like they have something special to offer. Many nannies, including myself, have found ways to broaden their horizon.

What’s your niche? For me, being fluent in American Sign Language has been a helpful skill! This allows me to teach Sign Language to babies. If you would like to learn more, check out this video!

Learning skills like foreign languages or specializing in organization or cooking are a few things that don’t require certifications, but add value to your resume.

Bona Fide & Certified!

If you are looking to become certified in a specific field, there are definitely options out there. This is especially true if you want your niche to target a certain family!

Two options I’ve looked into certifications for are:

  • Becoming a Newborn Care Specialist
  • Becoming a Doula 

If you want to check out what I have learned about these skill sets, you can find more info here (NCS) and here (Doula)!

If something really inspires you, definitely look into getting the certification! It seems like new parents, especially, hire certified specialists.

As far as what I’ve seen, though, the biggest impact on general hireability has been professionalism.

The biggest impact on general hireability is professionalism.

Let’s talk about it! First off, what kind of nanny are you?

Make Professionalism Your Niche!

As far as taxes go, there are three different types of official nannies:

  • Employee Nannies – aka domestic or household employed nannies.

This is the majority of nannies. For these, the company or the family you work for calls the shots. They say when and how long you work and what you will be paid. At the end of the year you get a standard W-2 and the company or family is in charge of keeping track of all the tax info throughout the year. You most likely get a tax return! 

  • Business Nannies – aka self-employed nannies. 

This is usually Newborn Care Specialists or nannies that have their own business. In this case, you call the shots – you say when you work and for how long. You set the pay to match your worth. This actually appeals to many families because while you are “in charge,” it actually takes a heavy burden off the family. Especially when it comes to tax season. 

There are pros and cons to both. The reason I clarify this now is because for me, being self employed has been the way to go! 

One reason I feel like being a boss babe has made me more hireable is because it takes a TON of stress off of your families at tax season and all year long, honestly. 

Don’t be intimidated by the paperwork! Here are some tools and resources that have really made it a success for me!

If this is the way you want to go, sign-up for my newsletter and look out for the announcement of my soon-to-be-released video Tax With Me.

Too Legit to Quit

All you need are a few essential tools to help you keep track of info. My Complete Nanny Binder has what you need including:

  • Contracts 
  • Calendar
  • Daily & Monthly Tax Trackers

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me for a mentor session jammed with helpful tips!

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