Wife rents out her husband to do odd jobs and business is booming
She advertised on Facebook and the Nextdoor app, bragging about her husband's DIY skills.
By Jake Meeus-Jones via SWNS
A mom who decided to rent out her husband to other women to do odd jobs for £40 a time said business is booming - and he's fully booked for weeks.
Mom-of-three Laura Young, 38, got the idea from a podcast describing how a man was making a living putting together flatpack furniture for other people.
She advertised on Facebook and the Nextdoor app, boasting of her husband James' general DIY, painting, decorating, tiling and carpet laying skills, in June.
Expecting she might get a few giggles, the 42-year-old had his first client in a day and was soon working SIX days a week from 9 am to 8 pm.
He's been forced to turn down jobs and "Rent My Handy Husband" is now fully booked until mid-November.
Jobs include helping with putting up a TV or curtains to rebuilding a wall, and he is available to hire anyone who needs help - men and women.
While James handles the labor side of things, Laura works on running the social accounts and website.
The business has been more successful than the couple could've imagined.
The savvy couple has added a new service for the Holiday season, offering installations of festive lights, both inside and outside.
Laura said: "I never expected it to take off as much as it has.
"We've only been going four months and it got to a point where there was so much work coming in that James was working six days a week.
"We've had to start turning jobs down and reduce our hours, so now we do Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm.
"We had our own building plans that we've not even started as we've just been so busy.
"We booked our first job for January too."
James had to give up his job working in a warehouse to be a full-time carer alongside Laura, looking after their three children, two of which have autism.
James was also diagnosed as autistic himself four years ago and has always been able to focus on things like building and construction.
Laura said: "He's really good at building things and doesn’t bother with the instructions.
"So I thought this would be something he could do.
"James doesn’t come from a trade background but his grandad was a nuclear engineer, and they think he was also on the spectrum.
"He's got a very methodical mind and can think outside the box. He sees things differently."
Within days, Laura's Facebook messages were full of people enquiring about her husband's handiwork.
The couple from Milton Keynes, Bucks, even had requests for over 150 miles away.
Laura said: "The first customer needed a door frame replaced and then from there I just had people enquiring on the Facebook page.
"It went from regular flatpack to so much more, like laying a carpet and rebuilding a wall.
"We even had requests as far as Manchester, to which we told them it may be more practical to find someone closer due to the extra costs, but of course, we would have done it!"
He doesn't do any electrical and plumbing services.
They don't charge per job, instead, they work by the hour at a rate of £40 ($46), or a day rate of £250 ($288).
They also offer discounts to those working in the NHS and emergency services, as well as over-65’s, disabled people, carers and people on universal credit.
Laura said: "We know what it's like to be parents of children with special needs and we've known what it's like to struggle for money or have to save."
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