Mom of 3 uses husband to start ‘Hire my handy hubby’ service to earn extra money

Mother-of-three Laura Young advertised her husband’s services on Facebook and the popular Nextdoor app and was stunned by the response

Laura Young has launched her own "Hire my handy husband" Service with her husband James
Laura Young started her own service, Hire my handy hubby, with her husband James

An enterprising mom has launched her own “Hire my handy hubby” service to earn some extra cash as the cost of living crisis deepens.

Mom-of-three Laura Young got the idea from a podcast detailing how a man made a living putting together flat-pack furniture for other people.

Laura immediately thought of her 41-year-old husband, James, who is talented and thorough in any home improvement job he takes on.

The housewife shared how James transformed her home in Bletchley, Bucks, building bespoke beds including a 9ft wide family bed for when her children wouldn’t sleep at night, installing a kitchen and making a dining table from scratch.

This also includes general painting, decoration, tiling and carpet laying work.

“He’s good at everything around the house and yard, so I thought why not use those skills and hire him?” said Lara.

James was planning to return to college to study motor mechanics and will fit in with his husband’s wage work in between studies to help supplement the family income


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She launched a Rent My Handy Husband website and advertised on Facebook and the popular Nextdoor app. The number of replies surprised her.

“People are really interested,” she added. “There were a few who got the wrong idea and thought I was hiring James for something completely different. Even with the cost of living crisis, I have no intention of doing that!

“Still, most people think it’s great. They say it’s sometimes difficult to get builders to bid on small jobs because they’re not interested. James is perfect for things like assembling flat packs, setting up trampolines, building shelves and installing things.

“Sometimes it’s quicker and easier to find someone for a job we’ve been waiting for from our husbands for what feels like a lifetime. Life gets in the way and these jobs get pushed aside, and that’s exactly what my idea came up with.”

James’ own maxim is ‘You create and I build’ and he is able to create bespoke children’s bunk beds from a sketch as well as bespoke furniture ideal for a family.

James, a former night shift worker in a warehouse, had to quit his job two years ago to help Laura with her three children, two of whom are autistic.

“He’s been diagnosed as being on the spectrum himself, but that makes him very thorough and excellent at every home improvement job he does,” Laura said.

She added that James plans to return to college to study motor mechanics and that in between college he will fit in at his husband’s job job to supplement the family income.

Laura said: “He’s always had a keen interest in building and designing. I have put him to good use over the years in starting our own family home and also helping friends and family.”

His current home project is building his own outdoor kitchen for summer days.

“Rental costs average around £35 per house and no job is too small,” said Laura.

“It can be as little as putting a TV on the wall, putting up a blind, or painting a fence.

“We want to keep fees to a minimum and be honest with people. We know what it’s like to be on a budget, so we offer discounts to disabled people, carers, people on Universal Credit and the over 65s.”

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