The business gives the U.K. couple extra time and money to care for their children with special needs.

Maintaining a house can be tricky. Not all of us are DIY experts, even with helpful How-To YouTube videos.

Sometimes we just need someone handy to do odd jobs around the house. Someone who can fix the leaky sink, paint a fence, or put together that Ikea furniture that seemed like such a great idea when we first bought it but after hours of blood, sweat, tears, and instructions with no words, now, not so much.

Cue the brainchild of genius wife, Laura Young, and her handy husband, James, who initially started up a “Rent My Handy Husband” business as a joke but which has taken on a life of its own.

What Prompted a Wife to Rent Out Her Handy Husband

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Laura (the brains behind the operation) had the “A-Ha!” moment to start the business while listening to a podcast about a man making a living putting furniture together.

She figured if he could do it, James could too.

Laura took to social media to get the word out. She advertised her husband’s “incredible skills” on both Facebook and the Nextdoor app and offered his handyman services.

To the couple’s surprise, people responded. A LOT of people. So many people in fact, that initially, James was working nearly 12-hour days, 6 days a week. He has since been able to whittle it down to a more manageable 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday.

While James is busy being the brawn, Laura handles the bookings and social media.

How the Business Is Helping Them Care For Their Children With Special Needs

The business venture couldn’t have come at a better time for the family. James had just given up his job at a local warehouse in his hometown of Milton Keynes, England to be a full-time dad.

And while the couple is grateful for the money it’s generating (James charges $45/hr), they’re even more grateful for the time and flexibility it gives them to look after their three kids, two of whom are autistic, with the third requiring speech therapy.

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“It’s really good for our particular family because having children with special needs makes for quite an unpredictable life,” Laura told Bored Panda. “There are lots of hospital appointments involved as well, so we are grateful we are able to make this work for our family.”

Not only does it work for their kids, but it works for James too. He was also diagnosed with autism four years ago. He had always been really good at building and creating things and now he gets to do it professionally, while at the same time helping others — something the couple is passionate about.

How One U.K Couple Is Helping Out Their Community

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In addition to offering a helping hand to people who may not have the resources or skills to do it themselves, the couple also serves those in need within their community.

Rent My Handy Husband offers discounts to people who work for the National Health Service (NHS) and emergency services, as well as to seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers.

They’ve also joined a group that offers an hour or two of free services to those who can’t afford to pay anything.

“We know what it’s like to be parents of children with special needs,” said Laura. “We’ve known what it’s like to struggle for money or have to save.”

And now, they are using that struggle for good.

Being a parent to children with special needs often requires extra time and money for therapies, doctor appointments, and medications. Thanks to the unexpected success of their business, Laura and James are finally able to find a work-life balance that works for their family. Not only that, however, they’ve done it while simultaneously helping others.

Definitely a win-win.

Perhaps what is just as inspiring though, is that their story is proof-positive that sometimes, the ideas we think are the craziest, really do turn out to be the best.


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