Man Around the House
And why not? Warren's service provides 10 "husbands" who are all work and no whine. For $25 an hour they do everything from screw in a lightbulb to build a back porch. "They're every woman's dream—tall, dark and handy," boasts Warren. And profitable. He expects revenues in his Portland office to top $500,000 this year and has recently signed contracts for 17 U.S. franchises and 2 in England.
Born to parents in the construction business, Warren began working part-time by his father's side at age 8. Later, as a home remodeler, Warren was struck by how couples bickered over household chores. "I wanted to figure out how to tap into that need, and the words never came to me," he says. Until Rent-a-Husband. Still, he needed a few good men—carpenters, electricians and all around Mr. Fix-Its—who wouldn't expect dinner or leave the toilet seat up. "It's really hard to find a good husband," he muses. "But once you do, you hold onto him for life."