Almost everyone has dabbled in babysitting at some point, but the job only becomes more lucrative as you grow older and are able to offer more skills, like driving, cooking or CPR certification.
Websites like SitterCity
(we interviewed the founder here!
) or Care.com
are great resources for matching sitters with families.
Charging $12-$15 an hour is pretty standard, but to figure out how much is appropriate for your age and experience, use SitterCity's Babysitter's Rate Calculator
Spread your availability by speaking with your child's teachers, any friends who work in your community and with real estate brokers, who may work with families with small children who are new to town. If possible, you may even consider an arrangement where you can watch children at your house--it's a built-in play date for your own kid!
(Prefer watching four-legged cuties rather than two? Petsitting.com
has you covered.)