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Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by hornbeam98, Jul 7, 2011.

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  1. hornbeam98

    hornbeam98 Newcomer
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    Just about to start my new window cleaning venture.
    After years in the print trade i am now venturing out cleaning windows both residential and then onto commercial when I am more established.

    Like most people on this site, start up costs have to be low as money is tight.

    The plan is as follows, any constructive comments would be appreciated.

    The end plan is a two man Reach and Wash Van with hot water feed, but to begin with its got to be the cheapest option.


    Unger Starter Kit (traditional gear)
    18ft pole
    100gpd reverse osmosis system without pump upgradable to a 200gpd or a pumped system later if needs be
    ESR18 backpack
    TDS meter
    I already have ladders and hoses.


    I am creating a small web site outlining my business, also started generating leaflets, flyers, Cards etc.

    If anybody has a good source for the following it would save me loads of hours of research.
    Best Equipment/Web Site for the start up equipment.
    Window Cleaning software
    Window Cleaning Templates for Risk Assessments, Bus Plans.
    Good name of a insurance company for insurance.

    I would like to sort this over the next few weeks, then its out onto the tarmac knocking on doors.

    Thanks everyone, and if anybody can share their start up story it would be appreciated, particularly pricing I am aiming at about £1 a window for a normal window which includes frames wash, then about £35 an hour for more labout intensive work like conservatory cleans, pvc revival or commercial work.
     
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  2. nearlyclean

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    this link may help https://www.windowcleaningforums.co.uk/thread-149.html and also check out the DIY section and suppliers section on the forum
     
  3. Hinty

    Hinty Well-Known Member
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    Hi Hornbeam, and welcome.

    By the looks of things you have been doing your homework, and should be off to a good start - you can always upgrade & refine later.

    Pole wise - would consider a gardiner's 27ft, as it is not too heavy to use, but you may find it will help you to get work that other windies are unable to do - over conservatories, and most 2nd floor windows.

    I see that you are planning to start canvassing after you have everything in place - would seriously consider starting canvassing a couple of weeks earlier to give yourself a head start. Most customers have no objections if you tell them that you will slot them into your round, and you will be back in a couple of weeks. It also gives you a bit of time to perfect your canvassing technique before you start in earnest.

    Am sure you will do well though.

    Dave

     
  4. Gav

    Gav Grand Master
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    Welcome to the window cleaning work. It does indeed seem like you have done your home work and I think you will do very well.
     
  5. uribra

    uribra Our new service cleaning shops window...
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    Welcome hornbeam98!
    All the best,
    Uri :)
     
  6. kars

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    Hiya. good luck with ur new venture. look forward to hearing how u are getting on.:)
     
  7. Hi, I would suggest you get at least a 24 ft pole as 18ft will not reach over conservatories etc.

    Websites are fine but will not bring you in work at first so if money is tight then hold off on this.

    Remember, to the public we are window cleaners. They do not want nor care about trawling your website. A simple knock or flyer will do.

    Oh, and forget pretty flyers. I spent nearly a grand on advertising and it was a waste of time. A simple black and white a6 flyer is good enough.

    Good luck to you.
     
  8. kars

    kars Guest

    hiya. Pm me with your email and i will send you the flyers i did myself and they seem to work for exsisting custies to let them know we are under new ownership also have ones for when wer gonna start canvasing in the same sort of layout as every feedback ive had on them has been really possitive. most folk dont care about spending loads on these things as long as you get the point accross... feel free to adapt them for ur own use if u want..
     
  9. hornbeam98

    hornbeam98 Newcomer
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    Cheers, email is
    Hornbeam98@live.co.uk
     
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