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The SMS® Story

Sitting Made Simple® launched in 2008 by local nanny, Amanda Knapp. SMS® is the local, safe and reliable option for families and sitters. SMS® offers sitters for those random last minute needs, date nights, Mom breaks and the highly sought after school and summer programs.

SMS® has always been online, but our direct phone and email access to a local owner sets us apart from all the other options offered today! 11 years later the SMS® model serves families and sitters across 9 cities with ease. It’s the perfect balance of online and local. SMS® connects local area families and sitters online, while offering direct access to the local owner via phone and email for all those questions and concerns!

SMS® Franchise owners walk right into a successful model with full support of the SMS® Team for all software, marketing and operating needs. The tools, resources and support are one-of-a-kind! Not to mention there are 9 female owners, staff and a ton of information and data that those who choose to go solo will never get to experience.

Today, SMS® can be found in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus OH, Dallas and Fort Worth TX, Indy IN, Nashville TN and Raleigh NC. STL Sitter in St Louis MO is based off the SMS® model.

2020 locations launching NOW!

Become an SMS® Franchise Owner

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    Complete the Online Interest Form & Schedule a Call w/ Founder

    The SMS® Team will reach out to coordinate a call.

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    Follow Up Call with the Founder

    Learn more about the SMS® Franchise & get all your questions answered!

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    Submit LOI, Proof of Funds, Sign Non-Disclosure & Pay $500 Deposit

    Show us you're serious & want to continue!

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    Schedule Your SMS® Shop Day

    Visit the SMS® Team in Columbus, OH.

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    Connect w/ Your SMS® Owner Ambassador

    You'll be paired with a current SMS® Owner who will be your guide alongside HQ to help you throughout the entire process!

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    Group Call w/ the SMS® Ladies

    Get a chance to learn more from other SMS® Owners!

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    Receive the SMS® Federal Disclosure Document

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    It's Official! Complete Purchase & Confirm Training Week

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    Complete the SMS® Training Program

    Spend 3 nights, 4 days in Columbus, OH to become an owner!

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    OPENING DAY!

Interested in Becoming an SMS® Owner?

Get Started by Completing the Interest Form Below.

Have a question? Contact Us

Frequently Asks Questions

Sitting Made Simple® opened in 2008. We are not new to the childcare industry and what it's looked like over the past decade. You can find online babysitting services everywhere today! The SMS® Model allows an owner and operator the ability to offer local, safe and reliable options with online access to resources, support, tools and so much more!
SMS® is short for Sitting Made Simple®. We are a local babysitting service connecting the SMS® Sitters with local area families in need, allowing both users access to our online software for convenience. We offer the perfect balance of online convenience through our custom software along with a personal touch being locally owned and operated. The SMS® services cover date nights, Mom breaks, part time, summer and our highly sought after before and after school care. SMS® has all the data, tools and resources to bring local, safe and reliable childcare to your area quickly and grow faster than other options nearby!
Most childcare companies have moved completely online, opting to remove the human and local elements still necessary in the childcare industry today. Much of our success comes from our experience in solving and providing solutions most other models don't offer. Not to mention we've been building software in the childcare industry since 2008. The SMS® model provides the right balance of online and local to both our members and sitters, but also to our franchise owners - SMS® has you covered!
The purchase price is $35k. In addition, you need an average of $10-$15k to set up your SMS® and start operating.
We require a minimum of 50hrs per week to be completed by each owner for the first two years of ownership.
Yes! We'll work with you on setting up your SMS® Territory.
Absolutely! At this time, we are looking for the owners who plan to be operators.
SMS® HQ provides support, tools and resources every step of the way! You'll get to learn more from HQ and our other owners during your shopping process.
SMS® HQ will host you in Columbus, OH for 3 nights and 4 days for training. You'll learn all things SMS®, interview actual sitters and so much more! Owners pay for transportation, accommodations and any food related needs while visiting Columbus, OH during your training week.
We do not require any particular experience or skills. We are seeking individuals who can commit the time and focus to launching and growing an SMS® Franchise. This is not a part-time job!
We ask that you complete our online Interest Form to get started. The SMS® Franchise Team will reach out via email!
Yes! You'll be paired with a current SMS® owner who will be alongside you with HQ during the entire process. You'll get to meet real SMS® Columbus Members and Sitters during your Shop Day in Columbus, OH.
We do not release the FDD until an SMS® Shop Day is completed.
From the first call to opening day, the entire process takes six to eight months.

Contact Us

phone 614-743-4745
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