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Handy-Woman Helper

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Handy-Woman Helper


Job Summary

$20 per hour + Tips/Bonus
Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 3 days ago
Job Role
Maintenance Worker
Employer's Industry
General Labor, Other
Job Schedule
Mornings, Weekdays

Job Description

This is a part-time job:

I anticipate working 2 days a week at my house with each shift being 4 hours. Monday and Tuesday mornings are preferred. An occasional Saturday would be nice.

I am a disabled, vaccinated/boosted senior. For six years, prior to covid, I hired 2-3 people to help with various home maintenance projects. They were my Handy Woman Helpers (HWH) as I once considered myself quite handy.  I provide the tools, materials, expertise (ha!), and brainstorms, and they provided the brawn, agility, sounding board, and extra set of hands. We would work on Saturdays because I had a full-time job.  

Now I am retired and have had time during the quarantine to think of a ridiculous number of projects I want to do before I sell my Montclair home. I can now work two half-days each week. Mondays and Tuesdays are preferred.

Please be vaccinated and boosted to join my team. 


  • Handy-woman Helper tasks
  • 8 hours per week (flexible) 2 half days. 
  • $20/hr, paid each time. ($80/half-day) 
  • Occasional, surprise bonuses to acknowledge special effort 


  • None preferred – You only need a positive attitude, a brain, common sense, and a “can-do” spirit. I actually prefer that you are a blank slate! And you need to do what you say you are going to do when you say you’re going to do it. Always. 

 Other Qualifications You Need:

  • You need to be fit. My tasks require dexterity. 
  • You need to weigh < 200#. My ladders support 200#.
  • Please do not be fearful of ladders/heights in general (I provide safety training).
  • You are easily able to kneel (with knee pads, of course).
  • You can easily lift and carry 50#.
  • You MUST have your own car. You could be an ambulance if someone gets hurt.
  • I prefer you live locally – Berkley or Oakland. I deplore traffic excuses. 
  • No bug phobias, please. You are not allowed to kill bugs here, except termites. They have bad intent. 

 What You'll Learn:

  • Work safety 
  • Thorough painting prep 
  • How to paint with a paint sprayer, brush, and roller 
  • Creative painting techniques (Ombre, Crackle, Splatter) 
  • Basic gardening 
  • Tiling 
  • Wallpapering 
  • How to wash windows like the pros 
  • Homeownership realities and drudgery
  • Homeownership pride and joy, albeit vicariously
  • Fearlessness
  • Competence
  • Confidence
  • To think outside of the box 
  • Inventiveness
  • Pride of learning something new 

Previously I was able to participate in HWH tasks. No longer, regrettably. I will not ever ask you to do anything I have not previously done, however. I’ll still be able to organize the shit out of tasks, coordinate efforts, obtain supplies, teach, research, and tell my stories from my seated walker! 

Oh, this job is fun, too. Ask the HWH who was with me all six years, pre-covid, and is still occasionally running errands and tending to HWH tasks on Saturdays.    


Business Overview

Our Story

JoAnn Newcomb is a retired Software Developer and Technical Writer. She lives in a house in need of tender, loving care in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is hell-bent on restoring her home to its glory days and doing so as economically and independently as possible.

Team Size

1-10 team members


Culture & Perks

Women Owned
Casual Dress
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