Do frugal people have an unfair competitive advantage when it comes to accumulating a prodigious amount of wealth because they were just born that way? I’m beginning to wonder based on two things that happened recently.
1) Homejoy, a three year old housecleaning startup, decided to close its doors after raising about $40 million in funding. They ultimately failed to get sold or raise more money due to poor financials and lawsuits from contractors who wanted to be employees. It’s always a sad day when a company closes because I admire entrepreneurs very much. The founders had the courage to try, which is more than can be said for many others.
I never would have used Homejoy because I always clean my own house. Doesn’t everybody? Apparently not. Or apparently most people do, otherwise Homejoy wouldn’t have gone under. I find cleaning to be both cathartic and rewarding.
2) I got in sort of an e-mail tiff with my new master tenant’s roommate because she demanded an extra set of keys. It wasn’t a nice ask, but an entitled demand as if she owned the place. She first said she needed the keys for convenience purposes when other people stayed over. Then she said she needed a key for her housekeeper. These keys aren’t easily copyable. For security purposes, they have to be sent into a factory to be specially made. Each key has a specific embedded serial #.
My initial response was to ask her to just let the housekeeper in when she’s around or clean more herself if she’s got to wait an extra day or two. She wasn’t too happy with my suggestions! She said she works a lot and it’s none of my business how much she cleans (or doesn’t). Fair enough, even though it’s 100% my business for protecting my property from liability. I did end up spending a couple hours getting her that extra key, and am waiting for her to sign the addendum to take responsibility if the key gets lost or if the cleaner gets in a deadly fight with another condo owner.