How did it all start??

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  1. Eviestevie

    Eviestevie Grand Master
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    How did you all get into window cleaning?
    I was 15,20 years ago,off school when my parents window cleaner came to do the windows,I made them a cuppa and got chatting,even joked how they must be making a killing.
    The next day he came and offered me a me a job,and I worked for him for 3 year I only quitted because found out he was paying the new bloke more than me apparently coz he was older!!
    That following day had a knock on door off another windie who had heard I'd quit and that was that I worked for him for 6 year helped him expand his business and even built my own weekend work
    After 6 year I told him I was going alone and he offered me the business for a price so I bought it and set about working for myself
    3 year later 4 full time staff and 1 part time things were great,the round was growing daily there weren't as many windies back then
    5 year ago had my first little girl evie but me and her mum split after 5 month she stopped me seeing my little girl and a massive court battle commenced
    I decided with the stress of that loosing my house belongings car and then the lads at work arguing I sold half my round to 2 of them for very good whack
    So there was me 1 lad now who still works for me
    The money drained quickly getting a new home solicitors fees etc etc but was worth it has I won joint custody of my girl
    So 20 year on I'm now enjoying window cleaning more than ever and work is good but at a point were I only take in large jobs
    I've seen All the changes over the years the new windies with there flash vans and equip come and go
    So all the new ones on here when the going gets tuff and it will hang in there because eventually you will reap the benefits
    Wow my thumbs hurt:)
     
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  2. Jake

    Jake Grand Master
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    Nice one Eviestevie, stressful read - glad it's better now!

    I had left college and didn't have a clue what to do, so I heard a family friend may have some window cleaning work...

    ...Started doing just Wednesday's for £42 a day, that progressed to full time as his other worker left, I stayed working for him from 2007 till 2010,

    Then decided I'd go it alone and started canvassing, built my round from scratch, and happy days here i am!

    There's a lot more to it than the above, but can't be bothered to type it all! But basically I also did work for his two brothers (also window cleaners) and things went very wrong - I'll leave it at that!
     
  3. daveyboy

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    I was working on roofs with my mums other half at weekends and school holidays and a fishmongers after school
    Mates dad offered me a bit of work helping him clean windows now and then and i got the bug..kept pestering him for more work..in the end we both went out door knocking to get more work to keep me busier and i dropped the other jobs..did an apprenticeship in panelbeating but still worked for him every possible moment as apprentiships don't pay well
    Never worked in a garage since they went into liquidation
    Done a few other jobs but always had some window work on the go..now will never be anything but a windie
     
  4. Bout 18 month ago, I needed to clean my solar panels(living off grid). Saw the gap in the market. Bought the kit off a window cleaner who told me of the potential in window cleaning also. Never looked back.

    Glad you got custody mate.
     
  5. TolishAPurd

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    I bought a ladder for a painting job, and shortly after my mrs was telling me to sell it. So to stop her nagging (advising) me about it all the time I needed to make it pay for itself, so I added gutter and window cleaning.

    I never thought it would take me anywhere...

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. daveyboy

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    They like to "advise" don't they
     
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  7. TolishAPurd

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    Little did she know I would sell that ladder and replace it with three more.:D
     
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  8. Jacob

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    Got into windowcleaning after finishing school as a bricklayer, didnt like it in the end and there were no jobs to get, until i got job at a large windowcleaning company, learned the trade and worked on/off for 2 years. Then onto some lorry driving, but could deal with the stess, got ill, got well again, then decided to start my windowcleaning business and i dont regret it. Business has now made the turning point were it flying along by it "self". Really always had some windowcleaning on the side when i was in other jobs. I wouldnt change it for anything :)
     
  9. boarcity

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    i started up after seeing a windie pass by in his van he was smiling and looked happy. i thought thats good enough for me!

    iv looked out for him many times since and guess what ,never seen him anywhere since!- probably day i saw him was his last day in the job!!!
     
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  10. Murphy

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    Your story is almost the same as mine, I done a apprenticeship as a panelbeater while working weekends as a windie with me grandad then I completed the apprenticeship and 3 years later the company went into liquidation so I went back to the windows and never looked back... Money is loads better and I'm not breathing in dust and paint fumes all day
     
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