According to a 2016 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 61.1 percent of households with children under 18 (56.3% of children under 6) had two parents who worked.\u00a0 With over half of American households having two working parents, childcare is in demand.\u00a0 You\u2019ve considered all of your options, but realizing that you are looking for childcare that is flexible enough to work around your schedule, provides individual attention, and can take on some additional responsibilities, like shuttling your children back and forth from activities, you\u2019ve decided your best option is to hire a nanny.\u00a0 While hiring a nanny is the best choice for many families, figuring out how best to start being a \u2018household employer\u2019 can be challenging.\u00a0 Here are some suggestions:\u00a0 Outline your expectations for the nanny. It\u2019s important to be clear about the responsibilities you would like your nanny to take on. While providing quality child care is a given, everything else is not.\u00a0\u00a0 Will you need your nanny to provide transportation to\/from activities, or school?\u00a0 Will they cook meals? Pack lunches for school? Take care of the laundry? Get the kids dressed? Arrange playdates?\u00a0 Get involved in playgroups?\u00a0 You\u2019ll want to put this in the job description, and having a written \u2018nanny contract\u2019 can avoid future misunderstandings about expectations.\u00a0 Set a salary range. Before you begin searching for the right person, you\u2019ll want to think about your budget, which should include not only your nanny\u2019s salary but also any additional perks or fringe benefits that you are offering (these can include paid holidays, paid time off, a car allowance, health insurance, continuing education, gym membership, etc).\u00a0 You\u2019ll need to decide what you are comfortable paying while remaining competitive. \u00a0 You\u2019ll also want to consider taxes when deciding on a rate. Keep in mind that if your nanny\u2019s salary will total over $2,200 in 2020, you will owe what is commonly known as the Nanny Tax.\u00a0\u00a0 NannyPay is an inexpensive, easy-to-use nanny tax calculator and payroll management software for keeping track of your nanny\u2019s pay and tax information, and keeping everything legal.\u00a0 Get the word out that you are hiring. Now that you know exactly what you are looking for, you\u2019ll need to find your nanny.\u00a0 It can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start, but here are a few ideas:\u00a0 Talk to people in your network. You probably have a number of contacts who know people looking for nanny work.\u00a0 Talk to your neighbors, co-workers, friends at the gym, playgroup moms, and daycare\/school teachers.\u00a0 Share on social media. \u00a0Try posting on your personal Facebook page. When people see you\u2019re looking, they\u2019ll be quick to help.\u00a0 You can also join and search your local Facebook groups \u2013 try your city\/township\u2019s group, mom groups, babysitting groups, etc.\u00a0 A reference or referral from a trusted source can be invaluable in finding the right nanny. Consider posting on an online job board\/ nanny site.\u00a0 Your potential nanny is probably browsing these boards daily \u2013 so put the post right in front of her. You can even contact the education department of local colleges in your area and see if they will share your post.\u00a0 Interview your potential nanny. Now that the applications are coming in, there\u2019s going to be so much you want to know about your applicants such as their training, experience, and how they would handle specific situations (and they\u2019ll probably have some questions for your too!).\u00a0 Here is a list of suggested questions.\u00a0 Perform a background check. You can do one yourself or hire a service, either way it\u2019s a good idea to thoroughly know who you are hiring.\u00a0 Here are some suggestions for how to go about it.\u00a0 Make the offer. Let your nanny know she got the job and make her an offer. Once she accepts politely notify the other applicants the job has been filled.\u00a0 Put it in writing. Make sure to put everything you agreed upon (responsibilities, hours, salary, benefits, etc.) into a written nanny contract.\u00a0\u00a0 Here\u2019s to finding the perfect nanny match for your family in 2020!