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  1. What's your favourite?

    rubs off with white spirit very easily
  2. Bark.com

    Don't bother, my guess is your are on checkatrade like myself and they found your email address through there. I received 20 "leads" in 3 hours.... its just spam. The company have pretty horrific reviews if you look online. I had to phone up to have my email removed from their list.
  3. Getting customers.

    You aren't getting the point; regardless of whether you get an initial yes from a customer or not. That presumptuous approach is pretty rude and won't go down well with some customers. we all have our reputations to think about
  4. Getting customers.

    I'd tell you to jog on mate, I think the assumption is pretty rude!
  5. Getting customers.

    That's far too cheeky for my liking; very presumptuous. I wouldn't take well to someone saying that to me personally! I tend to say something along the lines of, "Hi, I'm X, I'm cleaning a few of your neighbours windows on X day so I thought I'd drop by and see if I could tempt you with a quote". Very few people have turned me down at this point and not been curious as to ask what the price is.
  6. Hi all, Softwashing is a service I would like to be able to offer my customers but I wouldn't feel comfortable giving it a go on my own despite the amount of research I have undertaken online. There are a couple of softwashing courses about but it would seem all they want to do is plug their chemicals and softwashing kits rather than give you a proper grounding. I'd love to be able to accompany someone on a few softwashing jobs to learn; I'd pull my weight and work for you free of charge! I'm based in Surrey but I'd be happy to travel . I hope this doesn't seem too farfetched!
  7. Hi yes, still looking to learn!
  8. Bumping this as I haven't had a response from Kieman
  9. Hi mate, im based in godalming - 45 minutes from you. Id be very happy to travel to you. Ill pm you my phone number so we can have that chat
  10. Really pissed off today. I always text my notifications through letting people know I'm coming the night before. Its time to do a newly canvassed round, worth around £120 or so (OR SO I THOUGHT!!!). When I wake up in the morning I see, "sorry but I wont be there"............"Hello, could you leave your business card as not needed tomorrow"......"thanks but wont be needing a clean tomorrow". These people were all made aware they were signing up to a monthly round and I feel like I'm being completely pissed around. I take things to heart and I worked bloody hard to make sure they got an excellent job the previous month (the first cleans)....im tempted to drop them all and tell them to sod off if they try to call me. I wouldnt react like this if I got 1 messer but 3 in a day takes the biscuit.
  11. Working on christmas eve

    I'm still pretty surprised that all you've had from the hundreds of homes that you service is a box of milk tray. I've had cash tips from about 20% of my customers, 6 or 7 bottles of wine and 3 boxes of chocolates...christmas cards etc... If you go the extra mile to provide good value for money as we all should then surely theres good will enough for a tip somewhere! It's not a necessity but I always tip hard working tradesmen if they are working for me around christmas time.
  12. Why did you start window cleaning?

    Went to uni and got a degree in economics. I started working in corporate finance in Mayfair and hated it so I decided to train as a chartered accountant with a company ranked in the good employer guide (I hated it also). I decided that if I couldnt work for one of the best companies to work for then I should start my own business where I wouldn't have to work ridiculous hours and deal with obnoxious managers. My in-laws ran a cleaning company so I worked for them as a window cleaner to learn the ropes and built my customer base by working on weekends. I saved up and bought my own Van and WFP setup about 6 months ago; no regrets at all and I'm very happy with my outdoor life and not being cooped up in an office getting fat!
  13. water meter ro or di

    I used the resin calculator and assuming you use 300L per day for 5 days and your TDS is 110 (i took a rough value), you use a 25L bag every 4 weeks (again, another rough guide depending how high you let your TDS get before you change it). A bag of tulsion costs £80ish. You use 6000L every 4 weeks (based on the assumptions above) so your total water/resin cost per month is £80 + £18 = £98 per month using a DI only. Your cost every 4 weeks with an RO : -(water bill assuming 50/50 waste ratio) = £36 Assuming TDS of 10 after your RO your resin should last 47 weeks...putting your resin at a cost of £80/47 = £6.80 every 4 weeks. £36 + £6.80 = £43.60 This is only napkin maths but I'd say stick with the RO.
  14. water meter ro or di

    How much water do you use per day?
  15. Hi all, Having missed out on 3 or 4 largish jobs in the last week I thought I'd see what you would price this job at as I'm either going in too high or I've been unlucky and missed out by a few quid. A breakdown of prices for: Windows & ground level conservatory. External con roof. Internal con roof. would be extremely helpful The images I have been sent aren't the best but give you some idea. Many thanks in advance to all that take part! :) Alex
  16. Interesting that there is such a variation in price. We have Clisty at £345 at one end and Adamangler at the other at £145. I put in a price of £195 so hopefully I'll pick it up.
  17. This is all a 1 off - not a repeat job, forgot to add that in the text
  18. Hi all, Im based in Godalming, Surrey and I'm looking to buy rounds near me. If you have anything of interested please pm me with details!
  19. None of my customers dropped off last winter and no I do not use a hot water system. It was only cold enough for freeze my water on perhaps 4 or 5 days! I can tell you are worried about the winter period, relax... you will be fine (as long as you are tough enough to handle the cold!!!)
  20. health and safety

    Hi Scott, I have a SMAS certificate which is like the CHAS, just a different company. I didnt have to have a health and safety cerificate , because the CHAS is a health and safety certficate... doesnt make much sense does it! I had to provide evidence that I could access health and safety information, a simple screenshot of a health a safety website for window cleaning was enough for me.
  21. Good van?

    Based on what you have said Slippy a Nissan NV200 might suit you, its smaller than a SWB vivaro, Peugeot expert etc. but still big enough for everything you need. Drawback is the payload, 739kg but you can still have a 400L tank or so. Its also pretty cheap!
  22. Help

    Where abouts are you Amos? I'm based in Godalming so if you would like to sub contract the job or work with me on it I'd be glad to help out.
  23. "not this time please"

    I dont think so Tuffers, I used to clean windows almost exclusively on weekends when I first started out. It was never a problem in the past and actually helped me grow the business to a point where I could go out full time as neighbours would always be in and ask me to do theirs also. @Eviestevie I dont clean 30-40 a day...I pretty much only clean 3-4-5 bed houses and could never manage anywhere near that quantity in a day. Texting people the night before takes me about 15 minutes each evening and has been a courtesy that has been appreciated by my customers until this point. I think I've just been unlucky and had my weeks worth of messers in one day.

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