How being bad at DIY inspired a successful start-up

An inability to do DIY work, and a dislike of household cleaning, looks set to make one young Irish entrepreneur a multimillionaire.

The man in question is 31-year-old Oisin Hanrahan, the boss and co-founder of fast-growing New York-based business Handy.

Via its website and mobile app, Handy allows members of the public to easily book pre-vetted cleaners or handymen and women.

If you need a plumber, or even just someone to assemble some flat-pack furniture for you, all you need to do is fill in an electronic form, describing what needs doing, when you want it done, and where you live.

Handy will then quote you a price, and you pay there and then.

Then at the time you want the job done, a Handy registered and approved tradesman or woman will arrive at your home.

Set up in 2012, Mr Hanrahan and his co-founder Umang Dua, 28, came up with the idea when they were flatmates in Boston.

Both were studying at Harvard Business School, and they were struggling to find someone they could trust to clean their messy student apartment, or do any repair work.

Handy is today available in 25 cities in the US, and two in Canada. And last year it launched in the UK, in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton.

Now turning over $108m (£71m) a year, Handy is being used by hundreds of thousands of customers, and has more than 5,000 service professionals on its books.

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