Handy is a home cleaning app that has jumped into the independent contractor and freelancer market, a growing niche that could be changing the workplace as we know it. With all the demands for increased minimum wages and even stricter workplace regulations, more independent contractors could be taking over everyday jobs including cleaning your home, something you may save money more money doing with Handy than you would with a traditional professional company. Handy does all its bookings through the app, similarly to Uber and other service providers, and it has grown from having only $3 million in run rate to now over $50 million and continues to add more house cleaning bookings week to week.
Handy (https://www.handy.com/cleaning-services/new-york) was started by Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua, two people who wanted a better way to hire cleaning professionals. They both are real estate businessmen who after college started acquiring properties. They had trouble finding people who charged affordable rates to clean the properties, so they decided to start a marketing app that allowed independent contractors and small business owners who might not otherwise afford marketing costs, to start taking cleaning jobs. It worked quite well and has become a nifty tool for customers who want to quickly schedule house cleanings.
Handy is primarily for scheduling basic house cleanings, but it does have some self-employed plumbers and carpet cleaners that offer services. If customers love the job that a cleaner does and want to schedule regular cleanings, they can do so through the app. Handy has fair policies to make sure that customers are given fair service, and that cleaners are compensated for their efforts. Handy also has special privacy protections to make sure that both the cleaner and customers identities are protected in accordance with laws. Handy is available in several US major cities, and is planning to expand across the nation in the near future.