It's a Wife's Life
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Too much to do and not enough time? Hire a wife! Even a wife sometimes could use help with all the chores.
That’s the premise of Hire-A-Wife, an innovative small business in Chesterfield, Mich.
Evelyn McKenzie started the endeavor in January 2009 when “the economy was bad and I did not have a job. I went to my friends from the National Association of Women’s Business Owners and asked whether they knew of any jobs that were available. They asked me what I liked to do. I told them I loved to cook, bake, and sew. They suggested doing something with those skills, and Hire-A-Wife was born.”
At first Evelyn alone, and later with employees, found clients who needed help with everyday chores or activities of daily living. “We’ll do whatever you don’t have the time or inclination to do,” she says. Hire-A-Wife’s services include:
- Personal shopping;
- Running errands;
- Preparing home-cooked meals;
- Serving at dinner parties;
- House cleaning;
- Laundry and ironing;
- Sewing and alterations; and
- Organizing, cleaning and decluttering.
“I wanted to do something that helped others,” McKenzie says. “When I worked in the corporate world, I would hear women say every day, ‘I need a wife.’ I wanted to help women, like me, who needed assistance doing things around the house that they did not have time to do.”
The company’s vision — to help people maintain a happy and independent life — has proven successful.
McKenzie is earnest about her role as a small-business owner. “I take very seriously the responsibility of keeping my employees working with the number of hours they would like to have. When I have a bad day and think of going back to the corporate world, it’s this responsibility that keeps me doing what I am doing now. And when I think of the help we give to people every day, it brings me back to why I started this company.”