6 Tips for Hiring the Right Nanny
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Decide On a Living Arrangement
Nannies can either live in the home with the family, or they can live off-site and travel to your home to provide nanny services. Before you decide which one is right for your family, look at the pros and cons of each arrangement. Live-in nannies are provided a private bedroom and receive room and board on top of their salary, not as part of the salary. Nannies that live in the home generally connect with the family and children faster and families can enjoy greater flexibility when things change, such as last-minute scheduling issues, weather delays, and more. Live out nannies generally have a more traditional employer and employee relationship and compatibility with the parents isn’t emphasized as much, even though personalities and communication are still key because of the children involved. But, because the nanny will not be living in your home, it puts less pressure on the family to provide a separate living quarters for the nanny.
Know Your Employer Responsibilities
Hiring a nanny means that you will be hiring a household employee and that means you will become an employer. Understand what your responsibilities are when it comes to your role as an employer, including how to address wages, taxes, and HR laws. If you aren’t sure where to begin, our team at HomeWork Solutions is experienced in what taxes and laws you will need to follow. We will work with you to answer your questions and be sure that your nanny is paid properly with the right amount of taxes withheld each time. Next, be sure you and your nanny sit down and develop a work agreement that clearly outlines what your nanny’s job responsibilities are, as well as any other important clauses you need to include that relates to employment, termination, paid days off, holidays, and more. A work agreement that clearly outlines everything related to the job will help you and your nanny avoid confusion later down the road.
Hiring a nanny is an exciting process and something that should be approached with much research and attention to detail. Understanding the basics about what your role is as an employer as well as what requirements your nanny should have, will help make the process of finding and retaining a nanny easier. If the idea of managing payroll or withholding taxes makes you feel overwhelmed and underprepared, contact us at HomeWork Solutions today. We will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and make sure you have everything set up correctly, so your nanny can join your family seamlessly.