Dear PoPville Readers,
It’s not easy to be a Washingtonian these days. Turn on cable news and you’ll find yourself described as at least one of these terms. Supposedly, those of us living and working in Washington are self-interested, hypocritical and part of the problem. I know, however, that the opposite is true. And I can prove it.
In August, out of frustration that I could not find an ethical cleaning company in the D.C. area, I launched Well-Paid Maids, a living-wage home cleaning company. As described by The Washington Post, the company was an experiment — would Washingtonians be willing to pay a bit more to support a business that offers its employees a starting wage of $16 per hour as well as health and dental insurance, sick leave, vacation and employer-paid commuting costs?
After about six months in business, I’m happy to say that the answer is a resounding yes. Contrary to popular belief, Washingtonians have big hearts, believe in big ideas and practice what they preach. Since launching, Washingtonians have booked over 600 cleanings with Well-Paid Maids, allowing us grow to a staff of three full-time employees, with plans to double in size by spring.
So anyway, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping to prove that living-wage businesses are viable. Thank you for improving the lives of our employees by giving them access to stable, living-wage work and good benefits. Thank you for reminding me that Washingtonians are among the most idealistic and caring people in America. Thank you for your continued support.
Popville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before January 31 and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount).