He’s her husband, but he can be your handyman.
A mother of three hires out her husband to other women to do odd jobs for extra cash – and it turns out business is booming.
Laura Young’s husband James has soft skills in DIY, painting, decorating, tiling and carpeting, so they started a lucrative handyman business called “Rent My Handy Husband”.
James, 42, is currently booked for November on jobs, for which he charges $44 an hour and about $280 for a daily rate. Their business became so popular, they said, that they even had to turn down jobs.
“I didn’t expect him to take off as much as he did,” Laura told Southwest News Service.
James works on the work side of the job while Laura manages the social media accounts as well as their website.
So far, James has done a variety of jobs, like installing a TV and putting up curtains.
Young said she first came up with the idea for a podcast that was about a man who made a living by assembling furniture for other people.
The Buckinghamshire, England native then advertised her husband’s services on Facebook and the Nextdoor app.
They booked James’ first job in January and their business has grown exponentially to the point where they are even receiving inquiries from people living more than 240 miles away.
Before starting “Rent My Handy Husband”, James worked in a warehouse. However, he quit his job to be a full-time father to their three children, two of whom have autism.
Laura said James, who was diagnosed with autism four years ago, has always loved building and building, so she “thought it would be something he could do”.
“He’s really good at building things and doesn’t care about instructions,” Laura explained.
“James doesn’t have a business background, but his grandfather was a nuclear engineer, and they think he was on the spectrum as well,” she continued. “He has a very methodical mind and can think outside the box. He sees things differently.
In addition to his busy schedule, James plans to service his neighborhood over the Christmas period by providing light installations inside and outside the home.
The pair are also offering discounts to people working in the National Health Service and emergency services, as well as over-65s, disabled people and carers.
“We know what it’s like to be parents of children with special needs,” she says. “We know what it’s like to fight for money or have to save.”