Handy Home Cleaning Establishing Itself Among Industry Giants
There are literally thousands of home cleaning services throughout the United States. A great many businesses are well-established and have been providing excellent service for decades. Others have only been in business for a short period of time and are trying to establish themselves within an already crowded field.
Home cleaning services have been around for decades. Starting back as early the early 1800s, companies provided cleaning services for the rich and affluent. These services could range from cooking, cleaning, babysitting, milking cows and other types of light housework. In most cases, these services were staffed by females only. The pay was often low and there was no job security. Women often worked long hours and little to no time to spend with their own families.
There was a time when maid services hired women exclusively. Nowadays, men can be found performing the same tasks. Today, there is much more flexibility, and the pay is much higher. Workers are now entitled to benefits and can even negotiate salaries.
Handy on facebook is one of the newer home cleaning services. In a few short years, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. After merging with Homejoy, the company cleared $1 million in bookings in one week. The company, which started out with a mere run rate of $3 million now has a $52 million run rate.
Handy is the brainchild of Harvard Business School roommates Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua. The roomies got the idea of a cleaning service after realizing how much they hated housework how difficult it could be sometimes to find good help. With that in mind, the duo secured a few loans, called in some favors and voila, Handy was born.
The company offers everything from maid service to handyman service. Individuals can apply to clean or set accounts and accept jobs posted by individuals needing help. That can be work like changing light bulbs, fixing a sink, laying carpet or putting together a piece of furniture. Individuals who contract out their services can make quite a bundle depending on the chore.
Handy offers a better than average wage for its home cleaners ($15-$22 to start based on experience). Not only does that ensure job security, it substantially lowers the turnover rate. All workers have to go through the standard background checks and have a verifiable work history. Hanrahan and Umang are happy with what they have built and have plans for a number of upgrades in the future. The company has operations in the U.S., Canada and London, England.