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BidMyCleaning is a startup celebrating their one-year anniversary this month. The service is basically a marketplace which brings together those seeking cleaning services and those providing cleaning services.
BidMyCleaning reminds me of two of my favorite web services – eMove and ZocDoc. Back in the days when I had money, I had a cleaning person come about once a month. It took several trials before I found a person/team that did a good job.
The service is simple to use – you enter your location and what type of cleaning you are seeking (move in, regular, heavy, etc.). From there you are presented with a list of cleaners and their bids (see example below). You can see reviews and ratings for each cleaning service. From there you select a time using their very slick calendar app. Then you pay using Paypal/credit card and the appointment is confirmed.
There’s no reason for a service provider (in this case a cleaning provider) not to list their services on BidMyCleaning – even if it results in only one additional customer, it’s still additional revenue. It looks like BidMyCleaning takes a percentage of the service price. The challenge with all of these marketplace offerings is not in getting supply – it’s in getting demand.
The website is worth a look as it’s very well designed and polished. I think we will see more of these marketplace offerings this year – they are huge timesavers and provide real value with actual customer feedback. Oh yea, and they actually generate real revenue.