Going for it!!!

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  1. rjacandwc

    rjacandwc Well-Known Member
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    After a year of working full time and then Window Cleaning after work and on Saturdays and the occasional Sunday I have (after a lot of thought) decided to hand my notice in and leave my full time job at the end of March. At present I have 120 customers and feel that in order to progress with Window Cleaning I need to concentrate purely on my small business and go for it!!!. I am feeling very scared (if that is the right word) as working for myself Self Employed is new to me... I need to find enough work to see me through. I started in July last year and all my work has been built on "Word of Mouth". I feel like I have done well to get 120 customers since July. People are constantly going on to me about the winter and the weather and the fact that I do not drive. But. I have worked around all these problems and if the windows are not cleaned today... Then I am on it tomorrow. If I did drive I realise I could branch out more. But. I am unable to drive due to poor vision over distance. I have had some wonderful tips and help from people on this website and this website really helps with my motivation. Because sometimes friends and family give me the feeling that I am committing a crime by going it alone!!... Although, of late more and more of my closest people have started to show alittle more encouragement. I have got a wonderful flyer in place ready to hit all the areas where I already have work. Even the flyers used are very simple and very cheap to process and the idea/template was sent to me of a fellow Window Cleaner using this WCF... I think the main question I am really trying to ask you experienced Window Cleaners out there to***ht is. Did you feel nervous about going full time on your own and how did you deal with feeling positive one minute and negative the next???... Anyone reading this who is new to the Window Cleaning... Build up ya round and give it everything... Big Shout to all on this forum. You know who you are and thank you for all the wonderful topics covered etc... Cheers...
     
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  2. Ryan

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    Happy for you mate

    atm i do a similare thing work 2 jobs and window cleaning in my 4th week now

    plan is to quit 1 job soon as i get enough of a customer base and then go it alone next year hopefully

    good luck and with more time into it ull oviosly pick up more work. and have more time to yourself

    120 customer base is awesome imo especially without a car do u mind me asking what you did as your old job ?
     
  3. mark m

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    If you can get 120 custy and were holding down a full time job you will have no problem finding more custy well done i think you did fantastic
     
  4. Matty H

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    How do you get around to do the work mate?
     
  5. Posh

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    Wish you all the best.
     
  6. rjacandwc

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    Thanks for your comments above... A couple of questions to answer. My current job of which I have handed in my notice was with my local council (Job - Refuse Loader) and I finished work on a job on finish basis. I have been with the council for four years and in the early days I had a good job and finished at a reasonable time. But. around this time last year I noticed that government cuts were going to make our work a whole load more difficult. I could see the changes coming and that was one of the main reasons for going into Window Cleaning. Before working at the council I worked for 5 years as a Postman and cuts happened there too. The job on finish thing is good. But, it is slowly becoming "no good" because management seem to justify jobs by making front line staff do more for less. This is my opinion anyway!!!... No one sticks together anymore, No union power, no pay rise (for three years), pension increases etc. Too much stress. Especially doing two jobs.

    I get around basically on foot. 95% of my work is on two different housing estates where I live. The round has started to grow and I just move from house to house. Sometimes I can get from A to B quicker than what a car would. I also save lots of money by doing it this way!. I use two different lock-up areas (A, Shed and B, Garage) which belong to friends and these area are situated in fairly central locations to my work. I keep myself as simple as possible. When I first started I was carrying too much and getting in a muddle!... I have a back pack with plenty of scrims and microfibre cloths in, I use various house taps on route to fill my bucket when running low. I try not to put my dirty washer in the water, I have a carrier bag in my back pack for wet/dirty cloths when used. Although, sometimes if the weather is good I will put a scrim through the ring in my Stand-Off to dry. Always have a spare rubber just in case. Have a bucket on a belt with a Unger Eco Pouch for bits a pieces. The other 5% of my work is out of reach on foot, on the outskirts of town and I also do a few in a village up the road every 6 weeks. My wife drives me to these houses as and when possible. I keep and eye on when I last cleaned someone's house using a basic excel spreadsheet and as long as I am there or about a month/bi-month later than all is well. Most of my work is Monthly, I have a few bi-monthly s and I do a village up the road every 6 weeks. Just got to get out there and leaflet drop now and keep my fingers crossed for more work.
     
  7. vito61

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    Have you thought of a small trolley, shopping type - no, seriously, no joke, to carry stuff around. I'm absolutely with you on keeping things as simple as possible, but also to make it as easy as possible. The work is physically very demanding. Anything you can do to ease the physical effort required would, I'm sure, pay off. You'd have to think of securing it against the local scallywags but I'd seriously look into it. I've lugged ladders etc around an estate rather than taking my car, absolute killer, and I used to be a coalman!
     
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    Well done for getting that many customers already! I am sure you will have no trouble getting more.

    Go for it mate, there will always be doubters but when you have a full round and earn plenty you can look at them an laugh. ;)

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  9. Paul

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    Good luck pal.
     
  10. windyman

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    Mate, when I quit my job to start window cleaning, I finished work on the Friday & enjoyed that weekend. On the Monday..I was about to call my boss and ask for my job back..I was that worried!

    My dad convinced me to stick it out for 6 months to a year, and one week down the line I loved it! Can't imagine what would have happened if i'd gone back to my job.

    Keep going, sounds like ur determined. Well done.
     
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