This might be a dumb question, but how do you guys pay your sitters/nannies? Cash? Checks? Just curious. Moving along here in the sitter search and getting more familiar as I go along with how things work these days...
I haven't hired anyone in my home yet, but for what it's worth, I have a friend who is a nanny/sitter that won't ever say anything to her employers, but is totally peeved about getting paid by check. After hearing her complain about it repeatedly, I plan to pay anyone I hire in cash...I don't want to be "that mom". LOL!
It really depends on whether or not you are hiring a "professional" sitter/nanny. The reason being that if you are hiring a professional, then that means that childcare is their means of living, and will need to claim the income and pay taxes in order to receive credit/loans, etc. as well as receive social security and medicare benefits down the line. This would mean that you would have to pay "nanny taxes" as well, which adds a bit to the cost factor, but is MUCH cheaper than paying the fines and penalties for not paying these taxes! Plus, you would be able to claim the childcare tax credit or use a flex spend account to pay for your sitter/nanny if you do pay these nanny taxes. In this case, I'd recommend paying by check so you have a paper trail to keep along with your tax returns.
If you're just hiring someone to babysit on occasion or would prefer paying "under the table," then I'd recomment cash so you DON'T have a paper trail.
We've always used a check just because we typically don't have a lot of cash around the house plus I don't have to worry about trying to make change with her. Obviously if she hinted that it bothered her I'd pay her however she preferred... Haha, I don't want to be 'that' mom either!