The best gigs were neighbors who had newborns that just needed to someone to be there while the baby was asleep. Getting paid to watch TV and eat your goldfish? Thank you.
While watching your own children is a difficult enough job, looking out for the safety of someone else's is a whole different game. I once babysat a family whose three kids filled a water gun with Hawaiian punch and sprayed my white pants in the crotch with it. Kids! They're evil?
Thank god for good babysitters, though. They give parents a bit of relief and time to go on dates or have a night of adult conversation instead of listening to impressions of Peppa Pig.
1. Self expression is key.