Y Combinator Startup Homejoy Launches in First International Market, Comes to Clean up Canada

by Elliot Chan | Startups

Cleaning—even the word itself—causes some people to cringe.

It doesn’t matter how important it is to maintain a healthy living environment, people still dread sweeping floors, scrubbing sinks and vacuuming carpets. After a long day's work, the last thing we want to do is come home to a messy house or have to do chores for another couple of hours. Cleaning takes time and effort and Y Combinator startup, Homejoy wants to help Canadians out.

Founded in 2012, Homejoy is an on-demand home cleaning service that connects people with professionals. After the clients enter some details about their home and select a convenient time, the service will process the information and book a cleaner to take care of the mess for $20 an hour.

Brother and sister, Aaron and Adora Cheung founded Homejoy, by raising $1.7 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Max Levchin, First Round Capital, Paul Buchheit, Resolute.vc and others. The company now has over 60 employees nationwide.

All cleaners associated with Homejoy goes through a selection process, including background checks and in-person interviews, also they must receive good reviews to stay on-staff. Cleaners assigned are personally selected for the client’s need and are bonded and insured.

After its launch in San Francisco, Homejoy received great demand for its services. Within the last six months, the company had expanded into 22 markets, including Toronto, their first international destination. The choice for Homejoy’s expansion is no surprise, Toronto is not only the largest city in the country, but it also has a booming startup scene. Eventually, the company intends to expand the firm from Mississauga to Scarborough and many more.

Homejoy doesn’t only help people with dirty homes; they also assist service providers, but creating a bridge for both clients and cleaning professionals. Currently the company has a partnership with over 500 cleaners in the United States and the numbers will surely grow as they expand.

Whether you have an unkempt house or just some dirty laundry, Homejoy is happy to assist with your domestic duties. Corporate companies that offer cleaning services to their workers have seen an increase in productivity and a healthier balance in their professional and personal life. 



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Elliot Chan

Elliot Chan

Elliot worked in the entertainment industry for four years before transitioning into professional writing and communications in 2012. He is the head of community content and strategy at Control, the digital manager for Asian Canadian literary publication Ricepaper Magazine, a content creator for Unhaggle, and the opinions editor at The Other Press. Elliot is a graduate of The Art Institute of... more

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