I’m ready to start spring cleaning this week. Really, I’m ready. I’ve said that for the past three weeks. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to do it myself. Really.
Luckily, I found a way to get my spring cleaning done without devoting my precious weekends and evenings to it. With Handybook, I can get all those pesky jobs finished quickly and easily.
Handybook is the brainchild of Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua, who met at the Harvard Business School in 2012. They immersed themselves in their planned business, learning what the customers wanted and what the workers cared about. With $12 million in seed money, they were able to hire workers and launch the company. Now, they have more than 50 employees, thousands of freelancers, and more than 10,000 jobs per month.
With Handybook, customers looking for spring cleaning help, like me, can count on easily hiring someone to come in and clean for a set price. Through the app, I state what I’m looking for and when I want it done. If I don’t like the job they do, I can complain and get any issues resolved. I don’t have to leave cash for someone who may not finish the job I asked them to do, I don’t have to deal with the scary idea of paying employee taxes for a cleaning lady, and I have the security that anyone who comes into my home from Handybook has been screened, interviewed, and had references checked, without having to do all those things myself. For the freelance cleaners, there is dependable pay, a flexible schedule, and reportable income with a 1099.
For me, it’s windows washed: yes. Carpets cleaned: yes. Refrigerator and stove cleaned under and behind: yes. Wood floors waxed: yes. Walls washed: yes.
Handybook wants to branch out into other services, but right now cleaning is the mainstay of the business. About 85 percent of their business is cleaning, with another 15 percent split between handyman and small plumbing jobs.