It was laziness that pushed Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua to develop their startup Handybook.
The co-founders/roommates hated doing chores like cleaning their apartment and putting together Ikea furniture. They hated the current means of finding people for these tasks even more. They started Handybook as an easier option to quickly hire people for these tasks.
“The idea is to make it possible to book really simple services in the easiest way possible,” says Hanrahan.
All the customer has to do is put in their zip code, the type of service they’re looking for and when they need it. Handybook then quotes a price and allows you to book the service. All in a span of 90 seconds.
That fast eh? The company conducts interviews, background checks and reference checks. They agree on a price, and texts its enlisted people to find someone available at the requested time.
The startup developed algorithms to determine how many service providers to contact to get a response. The average time for the first response is 36 seconds.
Handybook is not just focused on giving quality service, it also brings the handymen better work flow and schedule flexibility. Hanrahan says workers can adjust their schedules so they have work at a time that suits them.
Handybook is focused not just on getting tasks done more simply for consumers, but also on bringing the handymen and such a better flow of work and greater flexibility over their schedules, Hanrahan says. he says.
Now, the startup offers cleaning services handymen. It eventually sees itself expanding to other household service providers like plumbers and electricians.