Is Bellhops the next Uber?

Just about everyone has moved at least once in their life, whether they chose to do all the back-breaking work themselves or hire a moving company to do it for them. Bellhops is a young new company that has revolutionized the moving industry. Tech startups are nothing new, but a tech company offering a service that consumers would never consider tech companies to be involved in, while crowdsourcing their workforce…sounds a lot like Uber.

Bellhops

Bellhops are what the company (Bellhops) calls their workforce.

You can apply to be a Bellhop if you’re within their currently available cities, and once you’re in you’ll be able to work on your own time. While there is no consumer app, the Bellhops themselves can download the app in order to instantly accept job offerings.

This business model is quite similar to how popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft operate. Offering people the ability to work on their own time and make as much extra money as they need. Whether they’re looking for something part-time, per diem, or possibly full-time.

The target market for Bellhops are primarily college students who are physically fit enough to work as a mover. Depending on the type of job the customer books, Bellhops may be loading & unloading a truck, completing a full service move, only loading or unloading a truck, or assisting with an in-house move.

There will only be more businesses that follow this model in the future. It fits perfectly within the Millennial freelance culture.

Investors

Bellhops caught the attention of investors early on. According to Crunchbase, Bellhops first received seed funding back in 2012. Since then, the investments total over $27 Million dollars.

They’ve received press mentions from top-tier news networks such as Business Insider, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Bellhops currently operates in 20 cities across the US, and their plan is to continue to grow their service areas. It does appear that there has been any outrage from the moving industry at this point, but it’s safe to say there are a lot of parallels to Uber’s early days.

As Bellhops grows, we can expect to see similar debates, legislation, and outcry from the moving industry as we saw and are seeing with the taxi industry. Thought, that is not likely to slow anything down, but speed up brand awareness for both consumers and future Bellhops.

Journalists

Journalists are always on the hunt for the next big story. They covered Uber profusely during the past. Today, they should begin shifting their attention toward something entirely new, such as Bellhops.

As more companies with this business model inevitably pop up, will other companies which traditionally have a younger workforce such as fast food and retail, be affected due to companies offering “work when you want” models that often pay more than the average job offering?

It will no doubt be interesting to see how this company plays out over the next five years and just how many parallels we can draw from Uber’s early days and current standings.

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