Now Where Do I Start

Discussion in 'Managing Your Business' started by Reach For The Glass, Oct 2, 2015.

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  1. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Hi guys

    Now really wanting to get my buiseness off the chalk board and into practice.

    I do not know where to start if I'm being honest. I aim to do residential only and wfp backpack. I will be buying water.

    I have no gear at all or customers.

    What order do I start in. I don't have loads of cash on the hip ready to blow but need things in order. Here's what I need and your opinions and experience would be invaluable here.

    -van
    -wfp backpack and pole
    -insurance
    -customers
    -tank for van
    -ladders
    -trad gear
    -uniform
    -advertising etc

    What order do I do this in??

    Also how much is PL insurance ?

    Guys really want to move now but 8n a bit if a maze.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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  2. Diwrnach

    Diwrnach Grand Master
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    Use the vehicle you already have and start trad, really cheap for gear that way, then knock up some flyers, join facebook etc and get some customers in first, see if you enjoy it etc, then add WFP, I did it this way and only did trad for maybe a year.
     
  3. Simply Business

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    Hi Reach For The Glass, congrats on taking the plunge and starting your own business, you'll learn plenty from the guys on here! As Diwrnach said, social media can work wonders for you - especially if you're on a budget, and canvassing with flyers always seems to work well for the bulk of the chaps on here.

    With regards to public liability insurance, if it's just you (no employees) you'll likely be looking at under £100 for the year. Let me know if you'd like any more help/info etc with the insurance :)
     
  4. JClean

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    I'm just going through the same process

    1. Designed flyers and cards, sent to printers ( waiting at moment)
    2. Bought gear ( great fun , arrived today!!)
    3. Ordered Ladders (delivered next week)
    4. Sorting workwear ( logos)
    5. Started canvassing. ( positive results so far)
    6. Sorting Vehicle , roof rack etc.
    7. Insurance (got to do next week)
     
  5. Simply Business

    Simply Business Well-Known Member
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    Great to hear your canvassing is going well so far JClean - seems like half the battle is getting that right! As with Reach For The Glass , just give me a shout if you'd like any more info etc on insurance.

    AS guys just starting out, what made you choose window cleaning JClean Reach For The Glass ? :)
     
  6. JClean

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    Work situation changing, and the draw of being my own boss and getting the rewards if I work hard! Not somebody else
     
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  7. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Hi simply buiseness Thanks for the message.

    I chose window cleaning because of its flexibility. I also work full time shift and need extra income. It looks like a decent earner if you graft at it.

    Also hopefully will give me a better family life financially. Most importantly it allows my wife to look after my children and be there for them.
     
  8. daveyboy

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    If you want to not use ladders and ypu can buy water Reach For The Glass then do a diy trolley or get a backpack and trad the bottoms to save water
    Then you can do a days work from your car with 5 or so 25l drums and build up before the expense of a van etc
    I have been slacking at looking for a van and need to sort one soon but i can earn a couple of hundred quid in a day with my car and drums
    I do have the advantage of my water guy being in the middle of the area i cover and only ever need to drive 2 miles maximum to refill if needed as i make sure i have enough if I'm in the villages
     
  9. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Cheers guys.

    Thing is my cars absolutley knackered anyway so looking at a new car may aswell look at a van with a 3-4 hundred litre tank in the back ... no?

    Also I looked at a back pack it's only £70 recommended on here so that's all good. Just need a pole.

    I will get ladders and trad gear as will always be useful.

    I suppose question is do I get the gear then the customers.or do I get the customers and then the gear?

    Fear of the unknown I guess. Will I recoup my outlay. I've always been quite synical about being self employed "oh there windows already look clean on this road" " that roads covered already" "too many windys in the area to make it work"

    Need to just do it I guess
     
  10. daveyboy

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    You will always find work if you want it bad enough
    Buy the basics and then while waiting for delivery get door knocking
    Then clean in the mornings and when finished get looking for more work..soon adds up
     
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