Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Earn Money for your Group using Affiliate Programs

Nanny Groups often struggle for funds to meet the needs of their membership and operating funds. I've found some great ways that NG's can earn money by simply placing a link on their website. If you don't have a website, this is the perfect time and reason to do one. There are many programs out there, you just have to be observant and diligent in applying. ADCAN participates in the some of these, and the revenue generated helps offset the monthly cost of our website, printing of the newsletter, and treating our membership at special events.

Check out these programs ...

Providing a link to amazon.com on your site, shoppers enter Amazon, and a portion of each eligible purchase price is credited to your group. Money is direct deposited into your account each month.

Purchase New and Renew magazine subscriptions through this service. A whopping 40% of the purchase price is sent to your group via check.

Order business or personal business cards, Nanny Group promotional materials, postcards, magnets, pens and much more and earn funds for your group with each purchase.

MindWare is the newest one I've discovered. It markets itself as Brainy Toys for Kids of All Ages. A perfect fit for nannies and Nanny Groups.

With hundreds of items to choose from, put your logo or message on these items, and earn money from each order.

Just in time for the holidays. Apply for these, and let your membership know they can use your links provided to do their holiday shopping, and anytime shopping and support your nanny group. ADCAN has printed special business cards to hand out and mail to our friends and family to remind them to use these sites when doing their online shopping. You can do the same. Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

Know of other affiliate programs? Share them with us so we can all benefit.

Friday, October 31, 2008

See What's Happening at ...

Nanny Giveaways
I thought I'd start to introduce you to some of my favorite blogs and sites on the Internet. First up is Nanny Giveaways. This is a fun place that shares where to get some great bargains and free stuff. Share this everyone you know!
Know of some other bargains? Share them here!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Free Surveys for Nanny Groups

There is a great tool available for anyone to use, especially Nanny Support Groups, to provide surveys to your membership. SurveyMonkey is a free (up to 100 responses) service. I just did my first one for ADCAN and is was so simple. Easy to navigate, lots of color themes to choose from, and I can write the questions and get the feedback I want from members. Try it, and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Win a FREE INA Conference Registration ...

INA is currently running a membership drive and you could win a FREE 2009 INA Conference Registration. This would be a great incentive for Nanny Groups to refer new members to INA, and then award the free registration to a lucky nanny group member. Or raffle off the free registration within your membership. Be creative!

Some things to know ...
  • You must be a current INA Member to participate
  • Members must refer three or more new members to qualify for the contest
  • Any member referring five or more new members will receive a free conference registration for the 2009 INA Conference, April 23-26 in Dallas, TX.
  • The member with the highest number of new referrals will win an ipod.
  • You have until March 1, 2009, to spread the word and invite your friends to join the INA.

Questions? Contact Cortney Gibson, INA Membership Committee Chair.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Working With Agencies ... Getting Noticed

One way to get your group information to nannies in your area is to make contact with the nanny placement services in your area. Once they know you're available to the nannies they place, this will make you an asset to their business.
One way you can reach the nannies within the agency is if the agency is providing training sessions, find out when those are. Most agencies post this information on their website, but if not, call or email and ask. Once you have that information, contact the agency owner or staff in charge of the event if you can come for about 10 minutes and introduce your group to the nannies at the training. This is a great way for you to meet face-to-face the nannies and agency and get to know them. Introduce your group, letting them know what you are, the benefits to being a member, the services you offer and some of your upcoming events. Bring your promotional materials - brochure, business cards, postcards, newsletter - whatever you have!
I recently did this with an agency here in the DC area and was able to meet and introduce ADCAN to six nannies and meet the newest agency in the DC metro area.
Good luck!

Monday, October 6, 2008

INA Conference 2009

The International Nanny Association (INA) will host their 2009 Conference April 23-26, 2009 in Dallas, TX.

Watch for more details as they become available.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Off to Nannypalooza!

I'll be in Philadelphia this weekend for the third annual Nannypalooza. I look forward to connecting with many familiar faces and meeting new friends. Upon returning, I'll have pages and pages of information to share with you ... so keep coming back for more!

Monday, September 29, 2008

What is a Nanny Support Group?

NSG's can be anything from an online message board of nannies with common interests to full-fledged small businesses. NSG's are not gripe sessions about our boss, our kids, and airing the dirty laundry of the people we work for. These groups are established for the advancement, education, networking and friendship of its members. NSG leaders are amongst the most knowledgeable in this industry, knowing the go-to places for job, industry services, conferences, and area information. A nanny new to any area needs to connect with the nanny group in her area - provided there is one - as soon as possible so that she can meet new people, attend events and become a part of the nanny community. NSG's have enabled me to meet lifelong friends, become more savvy and smart in this industry, know what to look for in a job, what to ask for in a work agreement and I know that at any given time, I have available a group of phenomenal women - and men - who know the trials and tribulations I go through and will offer the congratulations when deserved or the shoulder to cry on when needed.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

NNRW 2008

National Nanny Recognition Week kicks off this Sunday, September 21. What are your plans? Post them on Facebook!

Check out ideas of what you can do to celebrate the 10th Anniversary with nannies in your area.

Download the official NNRW brochure to give to nannies and families in your area.

Good luck with your events and Happy NNRW!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

NANC Discounted Memberships for NSG's

NANC now offers support groups the opportunity to purchase memberships for its nanny members at only $10 per nanny. This offer applies to FIRST TIME NANC members only. Visit NANC for all the details.

Educational Training Opportunities for NSG's

The Academy for Coaching Parents International is pleased to announce the availability of training and parent coach certification for nannies and other in-home childcare providers. By partnering with nanny placement agencies and nanny organizations, ACPI is able to bring this specialized training to nannies across the US.

Read more ....

Friday, September 12, 2008

Join Me at Nannypalooza!

Nannypalooza is just a few weeks away! I'm busy preparing my workshop on How To Take Your Nanny Support Group to the Next Level. If you're attending Nannypalooza, I look forward to seeing you there! If you haven't heard about Nannypalooza, what are you waiting for? This is the not-to-be-missed nanny event of the year!

My workshop will be packed with information, helpful tips, fundraising ideas, website options plus much, much more. Bring your questions, and an extra pen or two, as you'll be sure to leave with plenty of notes and ideas on how to make your group succeed!

Welcome to Nanny Groups

As a Professional Nanny of 20+ years, the one constant in my career has been my involvement with Nanny Groups (NG). I have been just a member and have held leadership positions. With this blog site, I will share my expertise and knowledge of NG's with you all. If you have any questions about NG's or want some advice, please email me at nannygroups@gmail.com.

As this site develops, I will be adding many features and much more information about current NG's for you to connect with.