losing main other job and moving Saturday window cleaning work to a more fulltime job?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Business' started by slippy, May 21, 2015.

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  1. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    Probably going to get fired at some point in the near future. If it isn't September then it will be some time later. I have come to the conclusion that u can't fight the inevitable. My issues are _

    Saturday window cleaning the customers are usually in and if I go more full time it will be during the week so how do I get paid? Will they like it if they are not there?

    I am ok at canvassing but is it worth buying a round? How u get a good one?

    The initial transition will be tough. Best signing on and getting housing benefit etc?
     
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  2. Jake

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    Sign on until you get enough work mate,

    How do you know you'll be fired?!

    Canvassing is great (a must in my opinion), buying a round can be a good idea if you have the money, my advice would be buy a small round and then use that as a building block for more work.

    As for paying, the old fashioned way is to go round in the evenings 'collecting'

    But most now ask customers to pay online, (bacs) or PayPal etc,

    I now hardly do any collecting at all, everyone is online banking now...

    Canvassing is your best bet, stick at it and the work will come, you can pick and choose the area and build a round that suits you. Plus your the boss of your prices that way as well!
     
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  4. slippy

    slippy Well-Known Member
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    It will be a new thing to go round during week and do the work when customers aren't there. How do I explain this to customers? Collecting would be better in the beginning then switch to bank transfers.

    Where can u find a small round?
     
  5. daveyboy

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    You don't explain it
    Just canvass and get new customers
    Tell them i do it every x amount of weeks..if you want i can text you the evening before to leave the back gate unlocked..i accept payment by leaving the money out for me or by paypal/ bank transfer
    Job done
     
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  6. lou

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    Its best when there not in, as you can crack on without any interuptions. Slip ya invoice thru letterbox & on to the next one. The best customers are those who pay it whilst your there still!

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  7. Jimroot

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    I'm not sure about the signing on part, as it could be benefit fraud, I'd disclose everything to the JC otherwise it could affect your fledgling business for not much money (less than £80 a week). Risk vs reward isnt great.

    Neighbourhood offices can advise on benefits and there's online tools. But there's reams of paperwork and proof to provide to get any help.

    I was getting just ESA benefit while I had my broken foot as I'm declared as a business and I've had a bill for NI already! I'd only done about a month when I had an accident.

    My advice in my experience now would be get all the customers you can now, even if you do them before, during, and after work, with help etc. or you'll be playing hard catch up when you're out of your current job and got all the tools, some experience, and not enough work.
     
  8. TolishAPurd

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    If the right round comes up then it might be worth buying. But if it was me, I would build up to working on the saturday and sunday every week. Use your annual holiday allowance (you could even use some sick days shhhh ;) ) to give you a day or two off each week to use for canvassing/leaflet dropping. Get your website up and running now. It takes time to work its way up the google rankings so you should get the ball rolling now if you want it bringing you in work by Sept. Paypal or BACS- Like others have said, this should be your main method of payment.... saves time and petrol vs collecting. Invest in advertising now- leaflets, paper ads, B cards etc. Make sure you have all your tools in order now whilst you have good money coming in, you don't want to be replacing an old ladder once things start to get tighter and you don't have a regular wage to rely on. At the same time, make sure you build up some good savings. I was always told that you should have enough to cover your bills for 3 months minimum.

    Best of luck with it. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Jake

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    Well yeah obviously only sign on if it's legit!

    You don't need to explain anything to customers, just do the work, pop a ticket through the Letter box with bank details on and ask them to pay online..

    Or just go collecting
     
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    On the signing on issue, I was under the impression theres a certain amount of hours a week you're allowed to work while claiming, 16 rings a bell, but research it yourself as I'm not totally sure.
     
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