My First Full Year As A Windy!

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by mrtaytay, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Well its been my first full year as a traditional windowcleaner. I started in October 2012 after 28 years of working in a court!. There was a degree of cynicism from some friends, family and colleagues when I announced my intentions to become a windy. It just made me more determined to make a success of it.

    I have been looking back in the work diary for last year...some days were very sparse in terms of houses to clean. I remember, sometimes, wondering whether I would ever get enough customers (I imagine that this can be a dark time for some new windy`s). The truth is, it didnt take so long. By mid Jan 2012, I no longer had to do any canvassing. I had concentrated on doing a quality job, taking my time and ensuring the whole window unit was cleaned. It does pay off because you soon start to get recommendations. By mid Feb of this year there were no longer gaps in my diary and I have been super busy ever since. The books are full and I only take new customers if they are really close to other customers. That is the aim now...to condense my patch. Took six new ones on this week...all neigbours of existing customers.

    Without doubt, the most frustrating aspect of the year has been the weather. I still find it hard to get used to the unpredictability. The second most frustrating aspect has been living with some of the bad quotes that I initially gave in my first few months. It always happens...we are all so keen to get our first few customers. But even some of the bad quotes have helped me get more customers...at least it gets you out there and seen. Other than that, its been all good. Still lots to learn and I still need to speed up....but I am not going to get hung up about the speed. I am not earning anything like some of the guys on here....nor getting through as many houses!

    Thanks for reading.

    ps...so glad the shortest day is nearly here.....cant wait for the days to stretch out again.
     
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  2. rcproperty

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    nice one, here to the next year of full work and alot more of it!!
     
  3. mrtaytay

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    There is plenty of work out there RC
     
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    yer there is, looking forward to getting out there to get it in after xmas! lol
     
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    iv deleted my answer or question
     
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    Brilliant taytay, I wish you more success this coming year, I start my business first week in January, I have bought a decent customer base, hopefully in a year I will post a success story like yours
     
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    That is great pal, I am glad things have worked out for you. It does really just time time and patience. One of the things that is good about getting over that first year, is you now have all you data on expenses and can get a better idea of what you need to earn an hour. This is a big thing, and it will give you the incentive to speed up if you know exactly what your making.
     
  8. mrtaytay

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    Speed does come bit by bit. I think some of the more awkward properties tend to slow you down. I used to dread going to some, but over time I have mastered them, learning the best ladder positions etc. Its also key to try and condense your patch, ideally being able to walk from one customer to another. Thats what is happening to me now...just get out there and be seen and get a good reputation. Its also important to be polite and respectful.
     
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    Great stuff mate, glad it's going well. Ya same as me with speed, I'm not fast but concentrate on doing a good job first and foremost but speed will come with experience.
     
  10. jimbob

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    one thing I learnt is that if you do that little bit extra e.g wipe frames be reliable (weather permiting) and just keep your custy up to date with delays/ holidays etc you will soon get recommendations and youl find people are willing to pay that little bit extra for it. good luck for the next 12 months
     
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