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Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by jH-B, Aug 19, 2013.

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  1. jH-B

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    i have recently set my heart on making money from cleaning windows as i cant stand working in a supermarket for much longer earning peanuts while being a treated like poo! i have a pretty good idea how i would get a client ba se so im fine with that all i need advise on is how much would it cost to start up? on bare basics i thought it would be £200? also is quoting £10-£15 for a average normal house? last thing is it really a good job because im thinking of making this my life long occupation to make it as big as possible! ? any response will be welcomed! nice one, jb
     
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  3. jH-B

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    thankyou for that one mate! how long would you say it will take to get around 50 customers on a weekly basis? and when you start something like this isit really rough going for a few months? jb
     
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    how long is a piece of string jH-B?

    For one person on here that might get every customer they knock on you can bet your last quid that 50 people will do 3 or 4 streets drawing a total blank. If your a nice guy and a good window cleaner word of mouth will help you out as well as a whole lot of determination and hard work
     
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    Trad window cleaning can take years to perfect and not all are suitted to the job especially ladder work.

    My advice would be best get your trad kit together as soon as you can without jacking your job first. Then practise as much as you can and when you think your are ready build up a small local round whilst still working full time. Then once you have done the job for a few months you will have a better understanding so to make up your own mind which way you want to go. Simples
     
  6. jH-B

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    im physically well built as i play football so i say i would be fine with ladder work and im fine with heights to so thats cool! the thing is mate my jobs horrific haha which i would get pretty much the same money on the dole so thats no problem either! i think im just going to go out knocking on doors day in day out untill i have x amount of customers to bring me a good profit on my expenses, dont know untill you have tried

    jb
     
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    Let ya off though for 1st offence lol, ya get out what ya put in mate like anything else but yes anythings possible.

    Get the gear though and practise practise practise, it's harder than you think.
     
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    There's a lot of us trad on here. It took me 3 years to get the customer base I wanted & it still ain't perfect. Hours upon hours of door knocking & leafleting. Can get very cold in the winter. Customers muck you around & can take ages to pay. They can cancel you at the drop of a hat. Water freezing on windows snow & ice on ground so can't put ladder up.the weather in this country is a nightmare & your constantly behind on work.
    Sorry to be negative but yeah it's a great job & can be rewarding but it's bloody hard work getting there & you will get frustrated & feel like packing in on occasions but good if you can stick to it.

    When you sat 50 customers weekly you mean 4 weekly. People don't have windows cleaned once a week unless a shop window.

    As said just keep practising but build it up while you still got a job. It's not as easy as people think.

    Good luck.
     
  9. jH-B

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    nice one for the adice like, ill start getting out knocking on doors and spreading the word and ill see how things go

    jb
     
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    Cleaning windows is easy.. Building a successful profitable business is the tricky part. There's a lot more to it than just cleaning glass..

    I would recommend a book called " winning at window cleaning " it will help you to plan what you want money wise from your business and how to go about it, and teaches you how and why you should price. Some say it's commen sense, that's non sense!! And there's info in there that you will not find on the Internet.
     
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