Amazon and Google Enter the Home Services Race

Kyra Deprez

So you probably have heard of Amazon no matter where in the US you live.

Not too long ago they launched Amazon Prime Now, as a service available in select cities and zip codes, that will deliver goods to your address with an hour!  Lightning fast, eh!…I can’t even get to the store and back in that amount of time, especially when there’s traffic. ow they have gone above and beyond to launch Amazon Home services.  And of course Google, or The Googles as I like to call them, are prepping to launch a home services division as well.

Watch out world!  You know that the industry is a growing market when Google and Amazon dive in.  Field service companies, as well as individual players, are an increasing sector of the US economy.  Currently, field service workers account for 13% of jobs in the US, and the number continues to grow.  Some value the current field service market share at $400 billion while others say it could be valued up to $800 billion.  Either way it is a big chunk of the economy!

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Amazon’s goal is to give folks a streamlined, frictionless experience while tapping into their already huge client base.

It certainly could be an interesting opportunity for field service companies, as Amazon and Google continue to be power players in our increasingly “on demand society”.

Although the fees associated with selling services through Amazon are a much better deal than the offers of Groupon and LivingSocial where you have to discount your services by 50% and then you only take 50-60% of what is left, essentially giving away the service, just for the advertising.  So here is a breakdown of the fees and you can find everything you need to know about Amazon Home Services, but the gist of it is that it will cost about 20% of the service price.

I am interested to talk to some folks on both ends as a service provider as well as a consumer to see how it all works out.

For now, our sister company, The Boardwalk Cleaning Co. will keep trucking on building relationships with our clients as we go. We still believe that the best way to earn a client for life is through trust.  On the other had as a consumer, I might myself be checking into some tree trimming in the near future. 😉

So tell me what do you think?  Will you be signing up to be a provider, or is this just another Thumbtack, or HomeAdvisor?

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