Coming Back After 10 Years..need Some Help Please!

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Marc Neunie Neun, Oct 24, 2013.

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  1. Hello all

    I'm an oldie, but still a newbie - i'll explain..

    I started a round in 2004 and loved it. I did this for about a year but health/family/life problems hit hard and I stopped window cleaning.

    Someone recently has made me realise that I was good at it and I enjoyed my time outside so I am about to make my comeback!

    I've never used WFP and i've heard mixed things about it. I believe people like clean frames and being directly in front of the window is better than being on the ground with a brush on a stick. ye? no? Advise me?!

    Right I have some questions (sorry if I am being repetitive!)

    1. Reccommended Traditional suppliers?
    2. Whats the new law on working at height?
    3. Does leafleting work?
    4. Ladder safe products - I had a few slips the last time I did it!
    5. Does anyone use a contract system where customers have to sign up for a certain period? I had one off cleans before and lost money.
    6. What is the amount you can earn before you declare tax?

    There's probably more I need to know but that'll do for now.

    Thank you for reading.

  2. RiceRocket

    RiceRocket Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2013
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    2. There's no law but H&S recommended guidelines to not use ladders when other methods are available eg WFP
    6. I think you have to declare you're self employed & submit annual turnover/expenses/profit but there is a personal allowance of ~£9.5k so with trad expenses you won't pay tax until earning past 10k. Still got to pay like tenner a month NI though.
  3. mark m

    mark m Hero

    Feb 22, 2012
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    Welcome to the forum Marc

    C-THROUGH Active Member

    Apr 22, 2012
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    Welcome to the forum.
    I did much the same as you, built up a good round and regular customer base then decided (not sure why) that I would return to employed work!
    Hated it and returned to "The windows" a few years later.
    Managed to build up another good round (to be honest a lot of my old customers happily took me back) and I have not looked back since!
    I am 40 and not very "technical" so on returning to the windows I did things the same way as before!
    1: Customers like personal touch - Phone calls night before etc.
    2: Pad and pen rather than "Apps" and other ways of deciding when customers cleans due!
    3: Always look and act professional, logo on t-shirt, jumper, hoody etc.
    4: Knocking on doors and handing leaflets to prospective customers.
    5: Traditional on residential but wfp on commercial.

    Hope this helps and sorry if I went on a bit...........