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Mother of three rents out her husband for almost €50 an hour

Mother of three rents out her husband for almost €50 an hour
Laura and James, Facebook

A woman is offering to rent her husband out for odd jobs and handy work for €46 per hour or €290 per day.

Rentmyhandyhusband.co.uk was started by Laura Young after she heard of men making an income from performing DIY and furniture assembly for others.

"I approached James with the idea that people hire him to assemble their flat packs, sometimes it's quicker and easier to get someone in to do a job we've been waiting on our husbands to do for what feels like a lifetime, but also life gets in the way and those jobs get put to the side, which is where my idea came in,  and his own words were "you create and I'll build" so here we are," said Laura on the couple's website.

The mother of three, from Milton Keynes, now advertises her husband James' skills in painting, decorating, tiling, carpet laying and general DIY. She has also added his services in festive light installation ahead of the Christmas period.

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At first, Laura felt the business advertisement might generate some laughs, so she was shocked to find Rentmyhandyhusband has grown into a flourishing income for the family. James now works six days per week and is fully booked through November. While James handles all the hands-on work, Laura manages the business administration, looking after accounts and social media management.

Laura believes her husband's particular expertise in furniture assembly and physical tasks is related to his special mind. She told the Daily Mail "James was diagnosed as autistic four years ago and has always been able to focus on things like building and construction. James doesn't come from a trade background but his grandad was a nuclear engineer. He's got a very methodical mind and can think outside the box. He sees things differently."

The couple also has two autistic children. Prior to his handyman business, James had to give up working in a warehouse to look after his children full-time alongside his wife Laura.

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