“We’ve had to start turning jobs down and reduce our hours,” Mum-of-three Laura Young says Business Is Booming
A mum’s business is skyrocketing after deciding to rent out her husband to other women for £40 (approximately N40,000 or $46) at a time.
Mum-of-three Laura Young first got the idea for her unusual side hustle after listening to a podcast of a man making a living putting together flatpack furniture for other people.
After jokingly posting an ad boasting about her husband’s’ DIY skills, which includes painting, decorating, tiling and carpet laying skills, James has been booked ever since.
So much so that to keep up with the influx of customers, James initially worked six days a week from 9 am to 8 pm.
However, James has since reduced his hours and works a regular 9 am-5 pm schedule.
Laura, 38, 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.”
But if you’re late to the party, you won’t be able to book James anytime soon as ‘Rent My Handy Husband’ is now fully booked until later this month.
The couple make the perfect team, as James manages the labour while Laura runs the company’s social media and website, as well as booking appointments.
With the silly season around the corner, the two entrepreneurs have even introduced a speciality service, with James offering to install Christmas lights.
Unsurprisingly, James was forced to give up working in a warehouse to pursue ‘Rent My Husband’ full-time while looking after his three children, two of which have autism.
James, who was also diagnosed as autistic four years ago, has always had a knack for building and construction.
Laura revealed: “He’s really good at building things and doesn’t bother with the instructions.”
She added: “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 see’s things differently.”
Laura and James offer discounts to those working in the NHS and emergency services. Discounts are extended to those over 65, disabled people, carers and people on universal credit.
The mum explained: “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.”