Jeff Yablon.

Retired NYC businessman and father of three Jeff Yablon launched Rent-a-Dad in 2018.
He offers services like assembling furniture, providing tech support, and giving car-loan guidance.
Here’s what his job is like, as told to writer Jenny Powers.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Jeff Yablon, the 62-year-old founder of Rent-a-Dad in New York City. It has been edited for length and clarity.

Rent-a-Dad was born in New York City during the summer of 2018. From its infancy, it was more than just something to keep me busy in my retirement — it was a passion project fueled by my desire to continue to feel as useful as I had during my days as a COO-for-hire, when startups would enlist me to come in and manage back-office operations.

After I sold that business in 2017, I went through a period of both soul-searching and researching for a few years to find something new that would not only excite me but also allow me to continue to help people in some form or another.

As the dad of three now-grown sons, being a parent is one of the things that has always made me happy.

Then one day it hit me 

By lending a hand and offering my services through a business like Rent-a-Dad, I could satisfy my personal need to feel useful while putting my existing skill set to work by helping people in a very different way than I had before. Because whether it’s a startup or a college freshman living on her own for the first time, everyone has too much stuff on their plate.

In New York, oftentimes people look to outsource some of those things, and who better to trust to hand it over to than a dad?

That’s where I come in. For $80 an …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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