I have seen more and more babysitting and nanny jobs advertised on homemade flyers posted on a bulletin board at the children's library in the town I work in.
I personally like that nanny agency staff ask parents and nannies essential questions to help determine if the nanny and family might be a good fit. There is no pre-screening done when finding a family from a flyer hanging in the library. But, in desperate times unemployed nannies need to work.
I've been warned so many times to be careful when interviewing for nanny jobs. Obviously you may not know the person that calls you at the phone number found on the job posting. So, before meeting the parents I suggest asking other parents in town if they know the family calling you from the number found on the flyer before meeting them. See what your friends have to say about the family. Always have the first meeting in a public place like a local coffee shop or the local library.
Have you ever hung up a flyer or handed out business cards advertising that you are looking for a nanny or babysitting job?