So…stay-at-home moms. Utah’s got lots of them. And I bet you’re a market demographic excitedly waiting to hear what I (an admittedly non-stay-at-home dad) am about to propose to bring joy, peace, time, and every other wonderful thing to your day. Well, wait no more, the first of the Great Mormon Business Ideas is here for you today!
So far as I can tell, the three banes of the SAHM are: (1) laundry, (2) cleaning, and (3) taking care of kids. But none of these are really so bad on its own; it’s the fact that all three simultaneously demand attention that makes them a drag. So what I suggest is…<drum roll>…the Family Home Drudgery Sharing Program!
Okay, so naming things isn’t one of my strong points. But wait! It’s still a great idea. Here’s how it works: four moms organize in a group. One is in charge of laundry, one is in charge of cleaning, and two are in charge of kids. The group picks a two- or three-hour block, say, 9:00 to 12:00. The two Kids moms split the kids between them during that time while the Laundry and Cleaning moms rotate from house to house taking care of…cleaning and laundry.
So where’s the business idea part of this? Just helping people organize. Set up a website that helps moms find a group.
I know I’m stereotyping the SAHM role (really, Dane? Laundry, kids, and cleaning? Is this the 1950s?), but I know enough SAHMs to know that laundry, cleaning, and kids are still real chores, and that when one parent is working and the other is at home, they tend to fall on the shoulders of the parent who is at home.
So tell me, am I on to something, or is this just one more awful business idea waiting to fail? Are kids, laundry, and cleaning the right three chores to focus on, or would you swap in something else (say, grocery shopping or meal preparation)? Is four a good group size? And, most importantly, to you SAHMs out there, is a chore-sharing group something you would be interested in?