We live in a world that makes it very difficult to find qualified cleaning and repair professionals that are reliable. The Homejoy mobile application was created to fill that void. The company made it possible for independent contractors to find work through their application. People requiring repairs or home cleaning were able to easily book the service through the application. However, the San Francisco based startup was hit with a number of legal challenges that made it difficult for them to keep their business doors open to the public. They filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a San Jose court, after only 2 years in operation.
Perhaps, the company did start with a bang. They raised fundings from several sources that had faith in their business venture. Some of the well-known sources included Google Ventures and First Round Capital. They offered house cleaning services for about $25 per hour. They also rapidly expanded the company to other areas. However, siblings Adora and Aaron Cheung found it difficult to maintain momentum in the industry. Perhaps, this was due to their biggest competitor, Handy Technologies.
Handy Technologies Inc.
Handy is the creator of a mobile application that allows the user to book cleaning and repair services. All the independent contractors are background checked and screened. Thus, users are assured of a good experience with all involved. Oisin Hanrahan is the co-founder of this Handy. Personal experience led the young college student to develop the idea for an application that made it easy to book professional cleaners and repair people.
During the beginning, the Handy application was only available to people living in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Today, Handy is available to major cities across the country and several international countries. Oisin Hanrahan is the co-founder and believes that there is a growing need for this type of application. People simply do not have a way to connect with professional repair people and home cleaners that are reliable and trustworthy. This application helps to close that gap and bring the independent contractor and customer together. The idea is to make the application a mutually satisfying experience for all involved.