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    Firstly Im thinking of providing services to new mums with bubs who need someone to help cook, wash up, wash clothes and hang them out and bring them back in. Dust clean the house a little whilst mum gets a rest.

    Would you use a service like this?

    Would you know of anyone who would use it?

    Do you think its a silly idea?

    Please do not steal this idea. Its the only one I have! I need to make a few more dollars to help out with the finances. And permanent part-time jobs are not exactly thick on the ground here in my town.

    What would you pay per week if interested for this service?

    Would you break it up in to services offered or a flat fee?


    Mysticfalls

  • #2
    Originally posted by MysticFalls View Post
    Firstly Im thinking of providing services to new mums with bubs who need someone to help cook, wash up, wash clothes and hang them out and bring them back in. Dust clean the house a little whilst mum gets a rest.

    Would you use a service like this?

    Would you know of anyone who would use it?

    Do you think its a silly idea?

    Please do not steal this idea. Its the only one I have! I need to make a few more dollars to help out with the finances. And permanent part-time jobs are not exactly thick on the ground here in my town.

    What would you pay per week if interested for this service?

    Would you break it up in to services offered or a flat fee?


    Mysticfalls
    There is a woman on my local bss site who advertises something similar to your idea.

    I have never used it but don't think it's a silly idea.

    If I was going to use this kind of service I would prefer to pay for individual services/ maybe an hourly rate..

    If you are on FB you could create a page, put up a price list and see what kind of interest you get?

    Good luck

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    • #3
      Hi there,

      To be honest it's not a service I would use; I would feel uncomfortable having someone do that stuff in my house while I was home when I know I could do it myself when bub was napping etc. plus personally we didn't have a spare cent when our kids were newborns that would've enabled us to employ someone for those things.

      I'm sorry if that isn't what you wanted to hear, I was just being honest.

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      • #4
        taffabella,

        no i seriously want to hear others opinions good or bad. Thank you

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        • #5
          I didn't need this help when I first had my daughter but when I started back at work after maternity leave I really needed a cleaner. And I struggled to find one! Someone who also changed the beds, did ironing and may be some washing too would be perfect. I eventually found a cleaner but she will only do the floors and bathrooms.

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          • #6
            I think it's a great idea.
            Is there a reason why you only want to cater to new mums though?

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            • #7
              i love the idea and i think it's great, but like others have said, i'd potentially feel uncomfortable having someone i don't know cooking (for instance) in my home.

              services id be more inclined to use:

              grocery shopping (although you'd be competing with coles delivery service, so maybe you'd need to sell it that you're happy to go to stores other than coles to get groceries...delis or other stores that the mums like but that don't deliver)

              post office type stuff...post this letter/parcel for me, go collect a piece of mail etc

              any other ad hoc running around. perhaps even offering to pick stuff up/drop stuff off.

              i was immobile (driving wise) for a few weeks after my cs and dh went back up work after 3 weeks. so someone that could help me get stuff done that involved car logistics would have been fabulous. or like if mum is stuck at home with a bub who has gastro or something...just someone who can do some running around etc.

              great idea! love it! [emoji106]🏻

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              • #8
                Yes it's a great idea, I have done similar work as a mother's helper. Not just limited to new mums but any busy mum who might need another set of hands. My advice would be to set an hourly rate which is affordable and work out how far you are willing to travel for that cost. Make sure you are approachable, friendly non judgemental I'm sure all that is obvious, but as you can see many people are hesitant to have a stranger in their space. Set boundaries from the outset i.e. I will do this, I won't do this and work out if you are happy to use your car for errands or driving around children, if so, who pays fuel etc. There is definitely a market for this kind of work, it can be physically hard work (as we all know as mums). Different people have very different work standards so I've had some clients expect too much and some expect very little, the nice thing is that if you are your own boss you can choose your own clients

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                • #9
                  Depends entirely on where you live and what sort of services already exist in that area. I live in a small country town and I would love someone to pop by once or twice a week after bub came. They could do things like grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, vaccuuming and mopping, hanging up laundry - all the jobs I know I wouldn't be up to doing myself, esp if I'd had a c-section.

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                  • #10
                    tbh i'm surprised anyone actually even still bothers worrying about jobs like vacuuming etc in those early few weeks. it's the type of stuff a dh/dp should automatically take over. or just hire a cleaner.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by turquoisecoast View Post
                      tbh i'm surprised anyone actually even still bothers worrying about jobs like vacuuming etc in those early few weeks. it's the type of stuff a dh/dp should automatically take over. or just hire a cleaner.
                      Or should been doing in the first place with no need for a take over

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by turquoisecoast View Post
                        tbh i'm surprised anyone actually even still bothers worrying about jobs like vacuuming etc in those early few weeks. it's the type of stuff a dh/dp should automatically take over. or just hire a cleaner.
                        Originally posted by babyno1onboard View Post
                        Or should been doing in the first place with no need for a take over

                        My DH does all of those things and more - when he's here. But during the week he works from 7am to 7pm so he can't do anything to help me during those hours. And I'm pretty houseproud so it wouldn't sit well with me not to vaccuum and mop the house during the week. I do it every day now, and whilst I understand when bubba comes that will have to be cut back a bit, I'd certainly want it done at least a couple of times a week for my own sanity! We live rurally so a lot of services (cleaners etc) are not available to me. If someone had this business idea in our town I'd be very grateful to have it an an option.

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                        • #13
                          I personally wouldn't use it, but that's about my own perfectionist tendancies that I shouldn't need help or that means I'm not coping.

                          Why not target the business at a bigger group? Not just new mums (many of whom may feel the same as I do), what about oldies, those with disabilities? I live in the country and there is no supermarket delivery so people without a car hire a taxi. I would break things into services per hour. Doing shopping, posting letters, paying bills. Cleaning per hour. That way people can choose things they feel comfortable with. You could call yourself Helping Hands which has a more generic target market?

                          Good luck. Like you, I wanted to top up the family income with a business. I took the plunge and it's doing rather well. You have no cost at putting yourself out there. Do up some nice adds, get a name and a free ABN, and put them on social media and around town. If it doesn't take off you've spent nothing more than the paper and ink

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                          • #14
                            I think it's a good idea, I probably wouldn't use it as both times I've had babies I've been flat broke, perhaps you could offer gift vouchers for baby shower presents etc, I would have loved to receive a gift like that!

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                            • #15
                              Definitely a great idea - to me it sounds like a cleaner (I'd charge hourly rate) but list your services and your customers can choose what they need doing when you arrive.

                              I assume most people are going to be a bit tight financially after bub so I imagine it being a weekly service??

                              The other thing that comes to mind is that the services you offered are what a lot of friends/family help out with after a new bub...toilets and general cleaning is what a lot of people would struggle with after having a baby.

                              Keep workshopping your idea. Through social media and word of mouth you could turn this into something

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