Hello, another newbie!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by EmpireMatt, Jan 5, 2016.

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  1. EmpireMatt

    EmpireMatt Newcomer
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    Hi All, I'm Matt.

    I'm not currently a window cleaner, quite the opposite in-fact; a web designer. I'm at the point in my life where I feel the need to branch out on my own doing something completely new. I have been working extremely long hours and always take the stresses of work home with me. I'm tired and want a fresh start, learning something new.

    I've come to the decision that window cleaning, gutter cleaning, driveway cleaning etc would be an interesting and achievable way for me to start working for myself. I am a complete beginner but I have an appetite to learn, I'd love some advice on the best starter equipment (I don't have a huge budget.), any guides that may help me or any suggestions you may have.

    I'm really excited to get started.
     
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  2. SkulBlaker

    SkulBlaker Well-Known Member
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    Afternoon mate, and welcome. Equipment all depends really on what method your using Trad or WFP. Can't help with regards to driveways. For gutter clearing again depends on how you want to do it, I use ladders and extendable pole with pro gutter tools attached and a bucket, others use gutter vacs. Set up costs for trad are relatively low and WFP dependant on system can be quite high although there are starter kits which are cheap enough to buy. It's great that your taking the step.
     
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    EmpireMatt Newcomer
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    My plan is to initially start with the traditional method and once I've started to improve / gain customers then I will look into WFP systems. I've found a a gutter cleaning starter kit with a vacuum that will hopefully do the job I need for that.
     
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    SkulBlaker Well-Known Member
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    If you doing trad then there is a list of potential equipment on the traditional page. Get a name and business cards set up and get out to knock on doors soon, even before ordering your equipment. Just say that you are taking on new customers and will be starting in their area in the next week, gives you time to order and do a little bit of practice beforehand, and having customers already offsets some of the costs involved.
     
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    And remember safety equipment, ladder standoffs, anti slip devices and the likes, decking is very slippy! Sign up to local Facebook groups to get your name out there, get your own website set up (which should be easy for you)
     
  6. EmpireMatt

    EmpireMatt Newcomer
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    Just out of interest, would this starter pack include everything I would need to get started with WFP window cleaning?
    Big Boy Backpack Starter Kit

    Thanks!
     
  7. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    Welcome, this business certainly has its rewards but if you think starting out wont be stressfull youre kidding yourself. There more to it than meets the eye and custotmers and the weather can drive you insane. Of course there is light at the end of the tunnel...

    May as well start off wfp imo. its cheap to get into and will save you having to change over at a later date. by all means buy some trad gear for insides or shops and just for the sake of learning it but i dont see the point in getting up a ladder personally.
     
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    what area are you in mr.newbie?
     
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    I also work in IT and know exactly what you mean about long hours, customers who want the job done yesterday etc ... etc... Window cleaning is definitely less stressful and if you don't want to work for a certain customer you can just drop them! I have been window cleaning part-time, (1 to 2 days a week), since April last year and it's a breath of fresh air from working in an office sat in front of a computer. I'm hoping for voluntary redundancy sometime this year which will enable me to window clean full-time. Are you planning to do window cleaning part-time to start off with?

    I would recommend going straight to WFP - maybe Gardiners backpack and a CLX or SLX 22. You need to find out what your tap TDS is first though since this will determine how you purify the water.

    Good luck!
     
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