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Three reasons to love Tandem, a free app for finding childcare, pet-sitters

With three small kids and a new puppy, I’m always looking for ways to manage the #momlife chaos. I know a few friends up in Columbus who have been using (and loving!) Tandem, the only free network for families to find and hire qualified babysitters, nannies, tutors, pet sitters, and house cleaners. So, I was super excited to hear they were expanding to Cincinnati.

They officially launched in August so I signed up as soon as I could to try it out for myself. After using it several times now (yes, spoiler alert, I love it), I wanted to share a few things that make this platform unique:

  • My favorite part by far is that there’s no membership fee or charge to use the platform. I’ve used other sites/apps where they charge a membership fee or a fee each time you post a job. There’s none of that with Tandem. You decide the rate you'd like to offer the service provider, and process payment (plus a tip if you’d like) all through the app. So, no more digging to find cash or a check at the end of the job.
  • Another thing I love about Tandem is that 100% of what you pay goes to your service provider. Tandem acts as a bank for care providers’ earnings, allowing the process to remain fee-free for families and providers. That means providers earn more on Tandem, which attracts the best talent.
  • Last but not least, I love that there are tons of service providers in the Tandem network. Before Tandem, I’d be scrambling to find friends, family or neighbors to watch the kids. Now, I just post a job (can be in advance or last-minute), you can note your specific care or household needs, and then there’s a huge pool of qualified, background-checked candidates to choose from. You can view their prior experience, references, and reviews from other local families to pick the candidate who’s the best fit for you. You can even search for providers who have undergone safety training such as CPR or First Aid certification or who have experience with education or special needs child care.

With its expansion to Cincinnati, Tandem is now available in three Ohio cities — Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati — so tell your friends. Definitely a 10/10 experience. To learn more about Tandem or to join the network, visit here.

A big thanks to The BMW Store for keeping Amy on the Go!

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