Homesteader’s “How-To” Guide on Vacationing
LET’S TALK FACTS
BUT HOW DO YOU DO IT?
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
HOW TO FIND A SITTER
Confront them. See if they would be willing to come over and let them show you what you do everyday. They will always be the best candidates if they’re willing to learn. And hey, you never know, they might run off and buy a homestead of their own after it’s all said and done! Of course, that would mean you might have to find another family member.
As Harold said, if you’re homesteading, the chances are that you also live around many people who are also homesteading.
Almost all of my neighbors have some kind of farm animal – chickens, goats, cows, etc. Although I haven’t had to approach my neighbors, and some people would feel very uncomfortable doing so, this is a truly wonderful option.
Your neighbors will know if something is wrong and might even know what to do if they have animals of their own. Think of the stress you’ll throw out the window knowing that your animals are being taken care of by someone who is educated on the type of animal they are! And the cherry on top? They live next door so they’ll be on time!
SITTER PLATFORMS I KNOW OF
***NOTE: I am not compensated in any way by promoting these outlets.***
- I’ve used care.com before as a house sitter and a baby sitter. When we moved onto the homestead I did go onto care.com to try to find a sitter just encase we ever needed a backup. I highly suggest this platform from my past experiences. I’m confident that I was a great hire so I know there are other great hires there, too.
- This was another platform that I almost used. I actually talked to a few sitters through Rover.com and they were all so great. I was planning a last-minute trip and we had just adopted our second dog, Hank. I was worried about leaving the dogs home alone because of their anxiety and, at the time, I was between sitters as my mother-in-law hadn’t yet moved down. I got lucky and our first sitter, the neighbors boyfriend, ended up watching our animals. But I will say that if I ever had to find a sitter again and family, the, neighbors, and care.com didn’t follow through, I would definitely use Rover.com
- Sittercity.com is another one that I have worked through once or twice. People seem to be very vetted and honest.
When thinking about payment, go back to the mindset of finding a baby sitter for the children you do or don’t have. Would you pay someone $5.00 to watch your children? No. We paid our neighbors boyfriend $10 a day in the beginning but that eventually increased to $15. The only other fella we ever hired was a friend and coworker of Emerson’s and we paid him $20-$25 a day AND he stayed overnight in our home, so there was no back and forth.
If someone you know, and trust, will do it for cheap or free then I would say TAKE IT! If someone you DON’T know will do it for cheap…I won’t say decline but I will advise you to sit down with them and take the time to find out why they are willing to do it for cheap. Why bother you may ask? Because someone who is good at what they do, and someone who isn’t your mama, is probably going to charge more money who isn’t.
I’m not saying you can’t find a deal; a neighbor’s kid might just do it for $5-$10 a day. I’m just saying be thorough, know who you’re hiring, and make sure they care.
OTHER SITTERS OUTLETS
There are other outlets out there that I haven’t used but will post below. I highly recommend checking out the podcast I mentioned earlier – he puts out some great information and advice and, while you’re at it, check out their Facebook page “The Homestead Front Porch” (it’s run by Harold Thornbro).