For Ginny Hager ’08, babysitting is in her blood. Since she was 13 years old, Hager has surrounded herself with children and gained experience in child care through babysitting and teaching swim lessons. Today, Hager’s love for childcare has continued to grow as she has started her own childcare placement service, Simply Sitting, LLC.
During her years at NC State, Hager babysat as a means of income and began networking with families in and around Raleigh. After graduation, Hager became a real estate agent for a local realtor. With less time to put toward babysitting, Hager spent her free time networking for families to help them find babysitters.
As Hager heard about the challenges mothers experienced trying to find good babysitters for their children, a business idea clicked. “I decided that networking babysitters and helping families was something I loved to do,” Hager says.
In December 2011, Simply Sitting was born.
Simply Sitting aims to provide an easy-to-use service by connecting families to the best babysitters in the area. Simply Sitting has a network of over 200 babysitters who work as independent contractors in North Carolina cities and towns such as Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Wilmington, Atlantic Beach/Morehead City, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
“The sitters I use are all personal referrals to me and come with strong recommendations,” Hager says. “I emphasize with every family that each sitter I send is ultimately an extension of myself and I would never send someone out that I do not trust myself.”
Hager is the sole employee at Simply Sitting, but she plans to hire representatives in each city in 2013. In the upcoming years, she plans to expand her business and help more families throughout North Carolina find trustworthy babysitters for their children.
“The biggest reward is hearing the compliments about the sitters I send to families everyday,” Hager says. “I understand the fears parents have leaving their children with babysitters and nannies, so when families grow to trust and love the babysitters I send them I know that my job is well worth it.”