A 3 year old company Handy, formerly Handbook currently provides some of the best handyman and cleaning services. The company is worth around $500 million and has been growing rapidly since its establishment. The founder, Oisin Hanrahan gave insights on the company’s growth and future plans during the Web Summit. Mr. Hanrahan had attended Dublin College together with the Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. While at college Oisin Hanrahan he discovered that people found it hard to perform small tasks inside apartment s. It was while he was a Harvard living with two friends he worked on the Handy concept with one of the friends. They decided to drop out of college to concentrate on the business.

They made a decision to leave Boston as their company would not thrive there. They chose to take the company to New York. Mr. Hanrahan explained that New York was the best choice since there is a big market that would be good for on demand services that Handy was destined to offer. On competition for the space, Oisin rubbished any thought on that claiming that no other company in their niche was operating at their level. Competition then, was something they cared little about.

Mr. Hanrahan also pointed out that they were not looking at competitors but focusing on how they can build and grow their company. Currently, 20% of the business comes from handyman bookings while 80% comes from cleaner bookings. According to Oisin, hiring is the main focus of the company and they intend to invest in the venture for the next six months. They have managed to hire former Amazon Executive Jeff Pederson. Handy’s goal is to bring as many services to the home as possible, including delivery services which they have experimented. The fact that Handy is experiencing a high growth rate means they are likely to remain at the top in the cleaning and handyman services business.

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Source: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/11/05/how-handys-founder-oisin-hanrahan-is-scaling-his-startup-into-an-on-demand-powerhouse/