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What Home Care Can Learn from a Housekeeping Startup

Imagine it, a home care company that charges more than its competitors and tells clients why—because it pays its caregivers a higher wage than everyone else. A new company in the home cleaning space, Well-Paid Maids is doing just this. Private duty companies might find inspiration in the model, even if it doesn’t translate perfectly […]

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This cleaning service looks to be the model for a living wage

Nearly 18 months into an experiment of paying employees a starting wage of $17 an hour, Aaron Seyedian’s cleaning service business is making money and looking to expand beyond Greater Washington. Since launching in August 2017, D.C.-based Well-Paid Maids LLC has brought in roughly $325,000 in revenue, $290,000 of that coming this year. Seyedian, who […]

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Case Study: How an Unusual, Soft-Sell Sponsored Post Turned Readers Into Customers

When Aaron Seyedian, a former World Bank staffer who became a management consultant, decided to make a major career move and start a novel home-cleaning service in the District of Columbia, he first tried telling his story with a traditional banner ad on a popular District forum, but it produced no results. So he set […]

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Well-Paid Maids: Startup Advances Social and Business Mission

The home cleaning industry has a reputation for squeezing profits out of low-wage labor. But Aaron Seyedian is turning this model on its head, offering higher employee wages and better benefits. He is gambling that people will pay more for a cleaning service that does good by its workers, and that he will pick up […]

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Who Uses the Living Wage Tool and Why?

Aaron researched how firms in other high-income countries like the U.K. manage to pay living wages. It helps to have organizations like the Living Wage Foundation, an accounting firm-sponsored group, able to certify more than 3000 companies currently paying a living wage. Aaron figured out the math needed to offer a clean residence through “Well-Paid […]

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What’s in a wage? From pizza shop owners to house cleaners, voices on raising Maryland’s hourly minimum to $15

Aaron Seyedian moved to Washington, D.C., to make a difference in the world, and when he found that his work was unfulfilling, he decided to put his money and his career on the line to test his values. He’d long supported the concept of paying workers a living wage, but rarely saw proof of it […]

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Paid leave program could help employers

I agree with the recent commentary in support of state legislation to create a paid leave program which would benefit my employees and workers across the state (“Md. paid family leave bill provides economic security for caregivers,” March 6). Providing paid leave for workers to care for family members, including newborns or the elderly, is […]

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Paid leave shouldn’t depend on where you live or who you work for

Owning a small business doesn’t exempt you from the realities of everyday life. If anything, it makes you keenly aware of them. People get sick or injured. They start families. Their family members – children, parents and partners – need to be cared for. Ignoring the inevitable only puts our businesses at risk, jeopardizing our […]

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House Approves Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers

Aaron Seyedian, founder of Washington, D.C.-based Well-Paid Maids, said his employees earn at least $17 an hour and receive medical insurance and maternity leave. He said paid leave can be affordable and beneficial for small businesses. “As a small business owner, I can tell you that the sky is not going to fall on employers […]

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Feminists Sound Off on This Week’s Progress for Paid Leave

Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well Paid Maids, a small business that offers paid leave to its’ employees, asserted to lawmakers that it is possible for business owners to provide leave without undue financial hardship. [Read more…] Book your cleaning today!

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