By Angel Gonzalez
The Seattle Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) There is another player in the on-demand economy that is picking up steam. Amazon Home Services is a marketplace that connects customers of the tech giant to local plumbers, electricians or someone who can assemble an Ikea bed. While Angie’s list is great, for women in small business with a service to sell, it is always great to have multiple outlets to obtain work.
The loss of a full-time job in 2013 prompted Juan Marin to plunge all his efforts into the home-services business he and his wife, Yesica, had started in 2010.
They expanded what had started as a housecleaning service into roof and gutter cleaning.
In October last year, the 46-year old native of Monterrey, Mexico, heeded the advice of a friend and signed up with Amazon Home Services, a then-nascent marketplace that connects customers of the Seattle tech giant to local plumbers, electricians or someone who can assemble an Ikea bed.
The move gave Marin’s business a sudden boost. He says perhaps a third of his work comes from Amazon, and that his plate is filling up after favorable reviews (his small firm, Everclean Cleaning Services, had, as of writing, 22 reviews, all five-star.)
“We are looking to hire to extend the services we can offer, because my wife and I can’t keep up,” he said. “We’ve had to turn down requests.”
It’s been about a year since Amazon.com opened an online marketplace dedicated to the home-services category, throwing itself into a market first carved out by Angie’s List and more recently by Seattle-based Porch.
It’s not known exactly how many service providers like the Marins have enrolled, but Amazon says it has done well, with orders growing more than 20 percent per month since the marketplace launched in March 2015 in four metropolitan areas. Now Amazon Home Services extends to 30 major metro areas.