I was about to put in disupute charges with care.com. The deal was better for a 3 month trial and I was hopeful based on those I was looking at. You have to sign on for a premium membership in order to be able to communicate with those available. I liked being able to read what they had written to get a sense of them. But in the end it seemed like a bait and switch because some do not respond (nor are they required to I'd assume), and those that did were "unavailable". Yet the same person is still showing as available! So I wrote a brief note: What's your availability in the next two weeks? And the page is indicating she saw it...but no response. I neglected to take in the fact that it is non-refundable ($50+), but I feel very taken advantage of. They want to encourage you to "place an ad", but that will give those that pay to be listed something to nibble at and I will, no doubt be deluged with people not meeting my standards (although I realize I could specify what those are and confirm). We used them once as a professional employer for my work place and there was no response when I complained about the quality of individuals from leadership, so I guess I should have known better. PLUS, they do make clear YOU are responsible for vetting anyone...so that would be another expense if you care to be sure. In addition, as many here have pointed out, you can worry about liability, accidents, tax paperwork. In the end there may be limited cost savings...unless you know of someone yourself.