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Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by mrtaytay, Aug 20, 2011.

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  1. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Hiya

    I am due to be made redundant on 31/10/2011 so have decided to start up a window cleaning business. Quite excited about it!. I have quite a bit of leave to take before I finish work so intend to use that time to build up a customer base. I canvassed a small estate last week...only about 15 houses and managed to get 3 customers, so i am due to clean their windows on Monday. I intend to do some serious canvassing next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I just hope there are enough customers out there. I live in a rural part of Derbyshire so I am wondering if it is worth visiting the really remote areas with houses that are hidden away....the theory being that other window cleaners may not have visited. I don't know if this will pay off, but I will give it a go. Could I ask a couple of questions:
    1) It may sound stupid, but how much washing up liquid would you use in half a bucket of water.
    2) Has anyone managed to make a decent effective flyer?..I wasn't particularly impressed with my first efforts and I think its important to make it look professional.

    cheers guys
     
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  2. Catherine

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    Hi

    Good luck in the new venture.

    If you want a flyer designed let me know, as our designer does flyers for the commercial window cleaners I work for. Not expensive...

    Kind regards
     
  3. nearlyclean

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    just a squirt of fairy is enough,I find a straight forward flyer does the trick-Window cleaner telephone number
     
  4. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Cheers nearlyclean. I am out tomorrow morning doing my first windows (three customers). Once I have done them I will spend the day canvassing. Hopefully, I will pick up a few more customers. Heres hoping!
     
  5. nearlyclean

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    How did you get on with the canvassing and the first day window cleaning
     
  6. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    The day went really well, although I was pretty slow. Also, the backs of the houses that I was cleaning were nearly all glass!!...they were eco houses. Anyway, I managed to pick up a couple of additional customers from the same estate without even canvassing. I went out canvassing today...spent a couple of hours canvassing a couple of streets and lanes and picked up 8 customers!! plus three or four potentials. I have booked them all in for next wednesday (my next day off from my regular job). I felt really encoraged. I just need to speed up now. The flyer is looking a lot better. My daughters friend designed me a colourful logo...it looks really good.

    Cheers
     
  7. Cleanliness

    Cleanliness Guest

    Sounds like your doing well and its good to here. just wanted to say to the other new guys because I am new also
     
  8. Sienna_Brown

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    Hi from me, too! Welcome to the forum, wish you all the best in your new business! I also hope that we can help each other with lots of useful information! :rolleyes:
     
  9. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Thanks Sienna
    Things are going ok. I have about 20 customers now with a few garden customers as well...and I dont finish work until 31/10/2011. Unfortunately though I have a couple of people who have not paid after two cleans. I have done a few short stints of canvassing. I quite enjoy it. It gives you a real buzz when you manage to pick a customer up. You do have spells though where everyone seems to say that they already have a window cleaner. I just keep going. I have had one quote turned down. It was a very big bungalow with a big conservatory...all leaded glass. I quoted 14 pounds. he obviously thought it was too much.
     
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