Back in 2002, Karen and I were selling door to door cookware in hot and humid Houston, TX trying to get ahead in life as young 18 and 21 yr old couple.
In the afternoons we used to go to the big box retailers looking to meet people to eventually visit and demo our cookware. One night during our regular visits to these retailers we met a lady that introduced us to a multilevel business. We got started in it and did our very best for 4 years, but with zero results. ☹️
One of the members in this group saw us in such bad financial shape that brought us to clean homes with them to learn the basics so we could clean for others. Soon after we started working for a home cleaning service as employees. Few months after, due to bad management, and how they treated us we decided to start a cleaning company of our own. That’s how Gmaids got started and the firestarter to Pipehire.
Pipehire was created of one simple need in our cleaning company:
Hire faster and better cleaning employees without sifting through a lot applications or wasting valuable time.
We tried many applicant tracking softwares / apps for small businesses and task management tools to avoid things falling through the cracks, our main issues were:
- Evaluating and hiring good candidates.
- Remembering work anniversaries, birthdays.
- Tracking customer feedback, attendance, expired car insurances you name it, plus the all the many things to remember when you have cleaning employees.
We found a problem 🤔
No software or tool was designed for the residential cleaning industry nor the cleaning business owner in mind, that could help in the process of making hiring and management easier. In 2017 I started to draw a concept of a funnel type website that could give me a score to my job applicants. I told l Luis my brother to help us find a web developer to help us do it for our own cleaning business.
How Ruben got involved 🚴
Luis was into cycling and he remembered that Ruben an old friend in this cycling group had quit from United Nations as Senior Developer. He reached out to him and soon after started working on improving Gmaids backend software and then learning about the challenge of hiring cleaning employees. After few months of coding we came up with a scoring system for recruiting employees based on their answers which will and make hiring and recruiting easier.
We got a solution! 🚀
So after building and making hiring easier for Gmaids, Pipehire was launched to the public in March 2020 as a stand alone HR and management software for cleaning services. We’re focused on building software tools for growing residential cleaning services across the US and the world.
Juan, Luis and Ruben
Feel free to contact us with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org