My salary and air expense can be paid by check. Unfortunately, PayPal will no longer allow me to accept payments without a fee. You can use a credit card through PayPal. However if by credit card, please note that on the final invoice there will be a 3% credit card fee. As a small business, I have to pass on this expense.
99.99% of my clients pay me by check or cashier’s check. Check must clear before contract is confirmed.
Clients outside of the United States pay my deposit by certified or bank check in US dollars.
In dealing with parents this year, I realize there are requirements for nannies such as contracts that confuse you, deposit requirements that scare you, etc. I am posting here questions that are commonly asked. Please feel free to email me with other questions you think should be answered here.
Why do you require a contract? How much is the deposit and why do you require it?
My contract is very simple. It states the dates we have agreed for my services. It gives the agreed amount of payment for services. It provides a place for the parents to list any items they would like included.
Most parents have no problem with the above. It is the last line that worries folks. It simply says:
“I understand this contract is not validated until it is signed and received with a deposit of $__________. It is understood that if the contract is cancelled by you, the deposit is non-refundable. If the contract is cancelled by me, a full refund will be given.”
The reasons for the above are simple. I often talk to several clients in the same time span. I don’t want to turn down clients on verbal agreements. If you change your mind, I have eliminated good people. Once I receive the contract, I am committed to you. This means if someone else calls me even with a higher rate of pay, I turn them. down!
The amount of the deposit depends on the time span between the contract signed date and the start date. The deposit gives me partial protection for lost salary if you change your mind.
How do I know you will come once you receive my money? What guarantee do I have?
This is my business and my reputation. A deposit is only partial payment. Obviously I want to do the job so I can get paid the rest! That motivation on my part is the best guarantee I can offer.
I know that parents like to know right up front what to expect in cost. Even if you really like someone, why waste your time if you can’t afford her? I am always willing to listen to your needs and budget concerns. If you have taken the time to research and find your way here, then it’s worth emailing me your needs for a rate quote.
The main reason I hate to quote rates on my site is that I feel each family represent different needs. Within each category there will be factors that control rates such as number and ages of children, what you need–stay home with children–travel with the family, etc.
While the IRS puts nannies into the domestic category making parents responsible for taxes, I consider Travel Nanny Services to be in a gray area. To cover myself, my rates include the parent’s portion of dedicated taxes and I file my taxes quarterly. It makes my expenses higher but the convenience to the family makes it worth it.
So what have you to lose? Email me your ideas and needs and we can discuss prices. You will find I am probably the most reasonable professional travel nanny around. I simply love to travel and try to make my services affordable.