LocalCares is an online platform that enables parents to find local babysitters or nannies without paying for subscription. Registered users can post services, contact one another through private messages, and book available services through the website interface. Almost all websites that allow parents to find a local child care provider require parents to pay a monthly subscription fee (ex. care.com, sittercity.com). The problem with such approach is that parents are being charged with no guarantee that they will find a suitable caregiver. LocalCares enables caregivers to post their service online, and parents can find and contact caregivers without having to pay for subscription. Parents are the option to book a caregiver online. When the caregiver receives a booking request, he or she has the option to accept or decline the request. If the request is accepted, contact information between the parents and the caregiver will be exchanged. The parents will then be charged for the booking fee assigned by the caregiver and a 10% service fee on top of the booking. Money will be sent to the caregiver via PayPal 24 hours after the job has been completed, giving parents an opportunity to contact LocalCares if any problem occurs. We intend to include tutoring, senior care, pet care, and home care in the future.
Last updated 20 Mar 2014