I have been babysitting & nannying for 10 years & am now a stay at home mom to a 5 month old. I have been trying to start babysitting from my home (looking for ONE child close in age to mine, so not a day care). I've been searching for months with no luck. I use sittercity and even recently posted an ad on craigslist. I get a lot of replies but as soon as the pay comes up, I lose them. So I live in Columbus, Ohio & the care.com calculator says the suggested $ for 1 child hourly is like almost $15. I've typically charge around $10-12 for one child in the past, so still less than that. Since I'm in my own home & am saving on childcare because I'm with my own child, I've been asking for $10 & people freak out. They want me to watch their child 8 hours a day for $25 a day! My most recent interested mom wanted to pay me $100 a week for 20 hours and I almost caved but my husband talked me out of it, pointing out the fact that that's like 5$ an hour to be watching 2 infants. I posted to a mom's forum asking what they pay, explaining my situation & they all said I'm asking for way too much & that they also pay 20-$30 a day for a full day of care. Also, when I posted my ad to Craigslist, I saw MANY other ads for in home care offering 8+ hours of care for like $25 and they include food! So I'm wondering if I'm totally out of my mind & should just beg that last mom to let me watch her kid for $100 a week! What do you all think??