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Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by Brent, May 16, 2012.

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  1. Brent

    Brent Guest

    Hi,

    I'm Brent and literally started up my own window cleaning business last week. I bought a van and got it kitted out professionally and I will offer WFP and traditional.
    I have a few customers (friends) but no where near enough. What are your thoughts on leaflet distribution ( I gather people on here haven't had much response) and other forms of advertising. Is it worth a Facebook page etc. I know a lot of it is probably word of mouth but I really need that initial customer base. What are your thoughts?

    I need to insure myself and the equipment in the van. Can anyone recommend a good insurance company that deals with window cleaners and equipment?

    Any advice gratefully received!
    Cheers Brent
     
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  2. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hi Brent welcome to the forum mate, I've had no luck with flyers at all but Facebook I have done quite well out if it it's well worth doing, im not sure about insurance for kit but I have business insurance with gleaming for £16 per month seem to cover unite a lot.
     
  3. Posh

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    Greetings & good luck. If its public lisbility ins you want try Zurich. Got mine for a year £62 and that covers me for a million.[hr]
    Have you thought about canvassers to get you that initial base.
     
  4. Dodger

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    Hia mate welcome.
     
  5. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Posh did you use canvessers when you started?
     
  6. karl

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    i got a good response on my facebook page iv just started and i also posted on gumtree got 60 customers i also got 5000 flyers printed posted loads for hours and got 1 reply there useless id suggest door knocking my brother done it for me today while i was at work and got me another 10 good luck mate
     
  7. mark m

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    welcome to the forum
     
  8. Belfastcleaning

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    Welcome to the forum Brent.. Advertise anywhere you can that is free! Gumtree seems to work well for most, local ads Facebook pages. And door knocking will be the best way to get a compact round. I like a6 flyers not too big and people do hang on to them
     
  9. Brent

    Brent Guest

    Thanks all for your advice! I am already glad that I have joined this forum, there is nothing like getting opinions from people already in the trade.

    Cheers lads, appreciate your help, Brent
     
  10. A.K WINDOWS

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    orite brent good luck with the business best job in the world.

    heres what i do

    gumtree
    free adds on the net any free sites
    door knock if you can do it
    flyers/cards do it all mate

    ive gained all my custys by cards threw the door.i was inspired by a guy who i dont see on here any more called col.he built his business just by flyers works for some not others keep them simple and dont put a price on them;)
     
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