Have you tried out Care.com, but didn’t enjoy it? Not able to find a good caregiver for your needs? There are plenty of other sites available where you can find a caregiver for your family members, and today we’re going to tell you about 6 that we’d recommend trying out.
Our first Care.com alternative, SitterCity, has been around since 2001, and helps people get connected with in-home caregivers. If you’re looking to hire a babysitter, petsitter, senior caregiver, nanny, dogwalker, or other type of at home care, you can find the right person for the job through SitterCity. The site is free to sign up for, and also offers safety features like thorough background checks. You can use SitterCity through their website, or download the app for your iPhone or Android smart phone.
UrbanSitter is another site that’s similar to Care.com. It was founded in 2010 with the intention of helping parents find, book, and pay babysitters/nannies in their area. UrbanSitter allows integration with Facebook, so parents can see which babysitters their friends have hired before, and read reviews of babysitters to see which ones have good recommendations from other parents. Access UrbanSitter’s services on their site, or through their mobile app for Android or iPhone.
Third on our list of Care.com alternatives is FindABabySitter.com. This is a website that allows parents to find childcare providers, and for childcare professionals to find caregiving jobs. FindABabySitter helps to connect parents with caregivers quickly and easily, so that you could even hire someone to care for your child the same day you require them. They aim to give parents flexibility when it comes to childcare, so they don’t have to worry about paying for expensive daycares or after-school programs.
DogVacay is our fourth recommendation for sites like Care.com DogVacay is a service that connects pet owners with host families so that their pets don’t have to stay at a kennel when the owner is away. The service is available in both the US and Canada, and has been around since 2012. Hosts can sign up on the website and share information about themselves and their experience caring for animals on their profile, and the company runs checks on each host profile to ensure that the information is accurate and to verify the host’s identity.
DogVacay offers 24/7 customer support, and insurance coverage should anything happen during the time that your pet is staying with a host. You can access DogVacay’s services on DogVacay.com, or on download their mobile app for your iPhone or Android phone.
Rover.com was founded in 2011, is like Care.com, and is very similar to DogVacay. It helps pet owners connect with dog sitters so their pet doesn’t have to spend time at a kennel. Owners can read reviews of sitters before hiring them, and sitters are screened by the company before they’re allowed to take pet-sitting jobs on Rover.com. Rover also provides insurance for pet owners while their pet is staying with a sitter. Book a pet-sitter through Rover on Rover.com, or download the mobile app for your Android device or iPhone.
TrustedHousesitters started in 2010 as a pet-sitting service. Today, it’s a pet sitting service that helps pet owners and pet lovers travel to other places. TrustedHousesitters helps connect pet owners with sitters who will care for their pet and/or their home in exchange for being allowed to stay at their place. This is a great option for people who like to travel and want to save money on pet/house sitting costs. Being a member costs $11.58/month, but the rest of the service is free. Check out TrustedHousesitters.com to join today.
That’s it for our recommendations of alternatives to Care.com. We hope one of them works for you and your needs. If you’ve tried one of these services before, let us know your thoughts on it in a comment below.
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