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Helpr is marketplace for screened and curated babysitters in the Los Angeles area. The founders are Kasey Edwards and Becka Klauber Richter[2]

 

Helpr is used by many startups to offer free or subsidized childcare as a benefit to employees. [5]

History

In 2007, while Kasey Edwards and Becka Klauber Richter were studying at University of California, Santa Barbara they started a nanny agency called University Sitters.[7] The company matches screen child care providers in California, particularly those are either attending college or recently graduated, with families in need of helpers.[9]

 

When they realized there was a huge demand for babysitters, they scaled their businesses by creating a technological platform and leveraged it for parents to make it more accessible.[7]

How Helpr Works

Parents

To use Helpr, parents need to:

  1. Download the app and insert all their needed family information.
  2. Book an appointment (whether it is on-demand or in advance)

Once the job request has been put through, the Helpr app connects you with a babysitter; the parent sees the sitter's profile, her photo, and a video. If it is not a great fit for the parent, they can always cancel and re-book.[7]

 

Every time a parent books a request, a past sitter will be requested first so that there is consistency and rapport between the two parties.[7]

Babysitters

For babysitters, it was required for people to have an in-person interview. They will then follow up with background checks, CPR certifications, and they will check their references.[7]

 

Helpr looks specifically for potential role models with bright futures, good communication skills, and interacts well with children.[7]

Prices

Each babysitter gets charged at least $21 per hour for one child; the rates go up by an additional dollar for every additional hour. If parents book within 8 hours of the start time, there is a 15% premium.[7]

 

Rates also vary based on location.[10]

Locations

Helpr is currently based in Los Angeles. They also offer their services in Santa Barbara​, Orange County​, and the San Francisco Bay Area​.[10]

 

They will be offering the app in Chicago​, New York City​, Boston​, and Seattle​ soon.[10]

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Created: 08/13/2015 05:35:17 PM UTC
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