INTERVIEWER: Jane, you started your company one year ago. Is it doing well now?
JANE OLSON: Oh yes! It's really taken off. We were surprised to find out how many working couples were desperate for help with household chores.
INTERVIEWER: You named your business "Rent a Wife or Husband". Are the services you offer different from a house cleaner or handyman?
JANE OLSON: Yes, we hire people who are capable of doing a wide range of chores around the house.
INTERVIEWER: What kind of services do you offer? For example, do you offer childcare, dog walking, food shopping, or tutoring?
JANE OLSON: Yes, we do exactly these kinds of chores.
INTERVIEWER: Are your employees licensed?
JANE OLSON: Licensed? They all have driver's licenses. A couple have contractor licenses. Another has a design license. Another has extensive computer skills. Our employees offer a variety of skills from different professional backgrounds and fields.
INTERVIEWER: Are your employees mostly young people?
JANE OLSON: A large number of our employees are retired. They are people who enjoy using their skills, interacting with young families, and bringing home some extra money.
INTERVIEWER: Let's say, for example, I wanted to have a party here, could your people host it?
JANE OLSON: Well yes, we could, but you would still be the host. Our people could do the food shopping, decorating, cooking, and serving of the food.
INTERVIEWER: What about healthcare? Can your service send a stand-in mommy for a sick child.
JANE OLSON: No. That is something we cannot do. If a child has a cold we can help, but a child with a fever or an elderly parent with healthcare problems requires a healthcare professional.
INTERVIEWER: Are there any requests that surprise you?
JANE OLSON: Yes. Some people want us to decorate their Christmas trees and hang house lights. Though it is traditionally done by the family, we can send a couple elves to decorate for the holidays.
INTERVIEWER: So in a way, are you offering the kinds of things that a grandmother or grandfather used to do for younger family members.
JANE OLSON: Yes. We are the absent aunts, uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers.
INTERVIEWER: Are you planning on expanding your business to other cities next year.
JANE OLSON: Not right now. Currently, we are expanding our resources here by reaching out to the retired community and to the young working couples in need.