"We really had stripper overload," said Wai Lin. They decided to do something different for their friend's birthday. "We wanted to hire her a hot male assistant, so we did, and it was such a huge hit at the office."
Soon, everyone asked for a hot male assistant. Wai Lin and Khajah saw an unfulfilled need.
"There's a market for 'dream men,' we know from romance novels," said Wai Lin. "That market is $1.5 billion, but when it comes to experience, there really isn't anything for women."
The two women launched ManServants with their own money, describing it as "a luxury service featuring chivalrous gentlemen offering a nonsexual service." ManServants are fully clothed at all times and will do whatever you'd like them to do, as long as it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable, and there's no sex. There's also no drinking or drug use, and ManServants cannot work past midnight. "That's pumpkin hour, just because things happen after that time," said Will Haden, a Tennessee-born actor working as a ManServant in Los Angeles.
ManServants cost $125 an hour, and the men keep $50 to $80. Wai Lin said the company has served 1,000 clients in the last year, and revenues are growing 10 percent a month. She and Khajah are about to start a round of funding. "The portion of the business that we are growing the most is our corporate clients," she said. Those clients include Bravo, Warner Brothers, Armani and Cosmopolitan.
Sales kicked into high gear after ManServants released a hilarious and not-necessarily-safe-for-work video on YouTube. The ad has gotten over 660,000 hits. The company just released a second video promoting new versions of ManServants, including Arm Candy ManServant and Heartbreak ManServant (hire him to help a friend get over a bad breakup).