Do you employ people?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Business' started by Matthew Phillips, Nov 2, 2015.

Advertisement
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome to the UK Window Cleaning Forums.
    Starting or own a window cleaning business? We're a network of window cleaners sharing advice, tips & experience. Rounds for sale & more. Join us today!

  1. Matthew Phillips

    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Hi, I've got to start off by saying that I'm nowhere near big enough to be able to employ men to do the cleaning for me, but it's a question I keep asking myself about the future.

    How do you do it?

    I know a lot of window cleaners around my way have a few vans on the road and I wonder what they pay the men? How much work they do for that money? and basically how much the business owner makes out of them a day?

    I guess we all live in different parts of the country so please feel free to answer in percentages.
    All I know is what I see. This is an example, 2 grown men driving around doing windows under someones else's name, insurance etc. They must be doing some work per day to be able to get paid well enough themselves to not go out and take on their own work.

    Also it interests me how they manage rain / snow days etc

    Many Thanks for any input, Matt
     
    Advertisement
  2. Tuffers

    Tuffers Hero
    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Messages:
    9,379
    Likes Received:
    2,741
    Interesting thread! I had a mate who had fallen on hard times help me a few years ago, we worked together on each house. Put it like this, I was well chuffed when he finally got a proper job! I personally am a bit passed it to start sending people out and doing my work as I struggle keeping tabs on myself let alone other people :D
     
  3. boarcity

    boarcity Guest

    iv employed 3 fulltimers a few years now . how i did it was i started with 1 part timer, then 2 part timers ,then 3 parttimers ,then 1 became fulltime etc

    at the same time i started a regular leafletting campaign,this "fuelled the fire"

    if you take marketing seriously [leaflets/doorknocking/online marketing etc ] by serious i mean doing it REGULARLY -several times each week-week on week and NO slacking, you will then have so much work coming in that itll overtake you and you will be forced to employ.

    iv never regretted employing
     
  4. Matthew Phillips

    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Thank you for your reply, thats really helpful, but if you don't mind telling. What sort of percentage of the days take do you pay them?
     
  5. boarcity

    boarcity Guest

    #5 boarcity, Nov 2, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 2, 2015
    i dont work on percentages . i pay my workers an hourly rate and the bare minimum that has to come in to keep me smiling is double what their wages is

    my goal is to get in treble what each worker is paid and some days we get over that. i expect i will get there,in a few years time
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • List
  6. Matthew Phillips

    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Thank you, so you make at least double there wages, great stuff. I only ask because I see 2 men in a van and they must be getting £130 a day each so I've always wondered how much work they must cover for their boss.
     
  7. boarcity

    boarcity Guest

    depends on the area but id be surprised if the 2 men you see are getting 130 a day each ,unless their surname is Rothschilds! i pay around 50 quid a day per lad which is the going rate in my area for employed window cleaners on the books [rather than self employed which is always paid higher of course]

    every firm has its own way of doing things,the biggest firm in my area sets a daily target ,if its not met , the difference is deducted from their wages! they send out 2 lads per van and the target is [or was,im out of touch] £250 . not an easy target,so short cuts must be taken!!!
     
  8. Jacob

    Jacob Guest

    I dont have employees but my brother with me on big jobs, his payed by the half of what i get pr hour. Regarding the real employees i think its a matter of where you want your business to be in the future. Personally i would prefer being myself maybe a partner that works with me all day.
     
  9. Matthew Phillips

    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Cheers mate that is all really helpful stuff. Thank you.
     
  10. Matthew Phillips

    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Thank you
     
Advertisement