The woman was a parent of a newborn. She was also recuperating from surgery related to her cancer diagnosis.
“Having a newborn alone is enough, but recuperating from surgery? It’s too much,” Spencer said. “The least we can do is to help our neighbors.”
Spencer opened Two Maids in August 2018, inspired by 10 years of working with entrepreneurs at a law firm in downtown Austin and driven to find a new job opportunity that allowed her to spend more time with her wife and two daughters. But alongside the chance to run her own business, she wanted to find an impactful way to give back to her community.
The Two Maids chain has partnered with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit aimed at providing free household cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment, since Spencer’s franchise location first opened last summer. The business, Spencer said, was more than an opportunity to provide a stable income for her family. It facilitated respect and positive interactions with members of the Greater Round Rock community—especially, she said, with those who need it most.
“When you see people literally laying in their beds and you’re cleaning around them [...] it makes me very grateful for health, but it just makes me really feel for these people,” Spencer said. “What else can I do for you? This is the very least I can do.”
After Two Maids celebrated its first anniversary, Spencer said her vision for its future is only growing. She said she wants to get involved with Round Rock’s Rotary club and continue working with fellow small-business owners through the Round Rock Chamber.
The journey of running her own business has not been easy, she said. But when she looks at the picture of her family tacked above her desk, she’s reminded of her “why.”
It’s the ability to take her daughters to a dentist appointment at 2 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon without requesting time off. But it’s also the opportunity, she added, to cultivate an environment where staff look forward to coming into work each day—especially when something as simple as a free house cleaning can mean so much to its recipients.
“I’m raising strong, independent women,” she said. “And here, I want the same.”
Two Maids & A Mop
2851 Joe DiMaggio Blvd., Ste. 32, Round Rock
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.