By Azia Branson
Bellhops, a smartphone app-driven moving service used like Uber, is adding 100 jobs for college students in the Fort Worth area in anticipation of a busy moving season.
Communications director David Martin said the company has 52 Bellhops in the Fort Worth area, and the market is growing quickly. He said projections show the company will need as many as 150 in Fort Worth this year during peak season, June through August.
Bellhops was founded in 2013 at Auburn University. Like Uber, the company lets customers request a job using their smartphone. The employees, all contracted local college students, can claim the job on a first-come, first serve basis.
Students from Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Wesleyan already are working for Bellhops..
Cristian Falkenberg, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas who is working with the company, said college students need jobs with variable hours.
“It’s a great environment, we’re all there for the same reason — to help someone through a challenging part of their life,” Falkenberg said. “We’re all college students so we understand each others’ struggles trying to balance work and education life at the same time.”
The students can work small-to medium-size moves — anything from a full two-bedroom apartment to just moving a bed.
Madison Connery, 22, used Bellhops when she moved from Houston to Fort Worth this month. She said they were affordable, friendly, efficient and put everything where she asked. She especially loved that they called beforehand to confirm and followed up afterward.
“I’ve had some other experiences with movers in different cities and nothing went as smoothly as this move did,” Connery said.
Customers can also request help with furniture assembly or rearrangement and packing, as long as they have the materials. All items listed on a customer’s request are insured through the company in case of damage during the move. But Bellhops aren’t insured to move pianos, organs, gun safes, pool tables, antiques, exercise equipment or any item that is collectible, irreplaceable or highly valuable.
Bellhops are required to have a background check, take part in a video interview and are consistently rated by customers and other Bellhops. They can make $13 to $15 an hour. Patterson said the applicant success rate is usually around 50 percent.
*This article has been revised from its original form, published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Click here to see that post.
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