Choosing what you earn.. what a dream! At Charly Cares, you get to decide your own hourly rate and will only babysit when it suits you, so you can earn some money! We asked Angels Sabine (21), Isabelle (24), and Adina (40) about their Charly Cares income and what they spend their money on.
A bit of freedom
The Angels like that they can set their own hourly rate. Isabelle explains: “You are in charge of how much you want to ask for.” Sabine says: “It gives you a little more freedom. You are never faced with unexpected surprises at the end of a babysitting service, and you don't feel any sort of tension between you and the parent, because it has all been agreed upon beforehand. There are many other companies that don't give you such freedom, which is a shame in my opinion.”
“You are in charge of how much you ask for.”
You can change your hourly rate whenever you want in the app. Adina never changes her hourly rate, but Sabine occasionally does. “I sometimes lower my rate for fixed families because I come there so often. Additionally, I often have more time to babysit during the holidays, and you notice that demand also increases during that time. I do have a look if the rate is suitable for that specific moment. My hourly rate is also lower than my day rate because babysitting during the day is more intensive.”
Good to know: babysitting for Charly Cares is super flexible and can be done in whichever way suits you! For some Angels, the income is quite important, whereas others view it more as a fun little bonus. Adina: “I live in quite a nice neighbourhood in the city, which is expensive. Without the babysitting income I earn through Charly Cares, I wouldn't be able to make it off my salary as a dental assistant alone. Because I babysit, I can live where I do, and I enjoy what I do!”
“It's nice to have.”
Isabelle is still in school and has no income other than Charly Cares. “The money I earn is my income, in addition to my loan. I wouldn't say I'm necessarily dependent on it, but it's still nice to have.”
Spend or save?
So, some great earning, yay! What do the Angels spend most of their money on?Isabelle, Adina, and Sabine all say that holidays and restaurants are at the top of that list. “Does rent in Amsterdam count too?” Sabine adds. But the Angels also like to save up. Adina: “I like to save in order to travel. I do not yet know where I'll be going, I'm going to wait for the corona rules to be repealed first.”
Sabine would also like to travel: “I saved up quite a bit the past couple of years. I was supposed to leave last August for a big trip, but due to corona that unfortunately didn't happen. I'm now mostly saving to invest in projects!"