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Neel started MaidThis Franchise in 2013. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on MaidThis Franchise?
I originally started MaidThis as a side hustle while I was working at a private equity investment firm. Like many people working the corporate grind, I was fascinated by becoming my own boss.
With any first product or service launch, you’re almost guaranteed to get some aspect of it wrong. You might be priced too low, not be addressing the right target market, or have the package all wrong.
I finally stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, which turns out is basically the Bible for the digital nomad community, and decided I wanted to experience “location freedom”.
But my decision to start a side business wasn’t solely so I could quit my job and travel the world while still having an income—although that was part of it. It was also in large part a decision guided by my desire to provide financially for elderly parents.
I actually tried a bunch of different side hustles—creating an eCommerce site, blogging about pet hair vacuums (yeah, seriously), and more—before stumbling across a post on Reddit from someone who started a cleaning company. In the post, the author laid out the detailed steps he’d taken to get going. After reading through the post carefully, I thought “What the heck, I’ll give this a shot too”.
In early 2013, I launched MaidThis in Los Angeles, a cleaning service that specializes in Airbnb and residential cleanings.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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