Mum-of-three rents husband out for £40 an hour: Says ‘business is booming’

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Mum Laura Young, 38, has decided to rent out her husband, James Young, 42, to other women to do odd jobs and handy work.

Laura charges £40 for an hour of work, and has said “business is booming” as James’ services are “fully booked for weeks”.

The mum of three initially advertised the services on Facebook and the Nextdoor app, before creating a website for the services after the business took off.

The 42-year-old father had his first customer within a day of Laura advertising the service on Facebook and was soon booked up for six days a week from 9 am to 8 pm.

Laura explained that she got the idea after listening to a podcast which told of a man who put together people’s flatpack furniture for a living.

Laura has expressed that the service has been so busy that James has been “forced to turn down jobs”, and that he is fully booked until mid-November.

“We’ve only been going four months and it got to a point where there was so much work coming in that James was working six days a week. We’ve had to start turning jobs down and reduce our hours, so now we do Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm.

“We had our own building plans that we’ve not even started as we’ve just been so busy. We booked our first job for January too.”

James has since given up his job to continue with the ‘Rent My Handy Husband’ business.

Laura said: “The first customer needed a door frame replacing and then from there I just had people enquiring on the Facebook page. It went from regular flatpack to so much more, like laying a carpet and rebuilding a wall.

Businesses with similar ideas, such as Sometimes Spouse and Rent a Husband, can be traced back to 2017 when America saw a rise in hubbies for hire. The UK company Hubby for Hire has also been growing in popularity.

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