Perplexed new starter

Discussion in 'Advertising Offline/Online & Canvassing' started by Ryskviking, Nov 21, 2014.

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  1. Ryskviking

    Ryskviking Member
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    Gentlemen,

    Currently am starting my round from scratch and need your advice as things don't seem to go as expected. I'm not completely new to window cleaning - did it for nearly 2 years 4 years ago and stupidly sold my round being spooked by the harsh winter with snow and freezing conditions.

    Now I'm starting anew, and as I cannot afford buying a round I need to canvass it up from scratch (doing my cleaning with a blade and a ladder).
    I do not expect everybody I meet to agree their windows being cleaned - but reading your posts I find myself in a state of confusion.
    Seems that people here can easily canvass up up to £60 or more within few hours, but in the last 3 days I've spent around 12 hours of knocking/asking and all I've got is £20 clean and a few weak "maybes".

    I've tried a really old village, 18 years old estate as well as brand new houses - in all cases it either "no", "we have a cleaner" or (rarely) "we will think".

    I'm confused. Few years ago canvassing was ever so easy - seem that every few houses there would be a willing customer waiting - and that was during recession!

    Now it seem as if all houses are taken. I really want to get into this business as I love being out and about and being my own boss, increasing my salary at my own pace, but so far it is only frustration.

    I live in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire area (200k inhabitants) plus villages, so no lack of windows to clean. Or so I would like to think.

    Are those times of window cleaning gone now? Too many window cleaners? What am I doing wrong?

    Any sensible advice is welcome!

    Thank you.
     
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  2. TolishAPurd

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    Welcome matey. :thumbsup:

    Window cleaners are 10 a penny these days, but the good news is that decent ones are rare,so theres still plenty of work to be had. Its a tough time of year to be looking for work, so don't be downhearted, just keep pushing. I'm a cambridge lad, so not too far from you. If you need anything just ask.
     
  3. Ryskviking

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    Thank you for your welcoming message!

    Yes, this is probably the worst time of the year to start window cleaning business, and the sound of a rain behind the window only confirms that.

    :thumbsup:
     
  4. cheapncheerful

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    ask ukip....:D hi and welcome

    Ryskviking.....these have been very very strange times so perhaps your right...but sooner or later....you will get there...every business has to take a first step....keep plugging away...i think a certain other member has most of cambridgeshire on his books:rolleyes:
     
  5. TolishAPurd

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    Wheresyour avi pic taken? Looks like the lake district.
     
  6. Ryskviking

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    Hope not, certainly so. I wonder if it is just me this "lucky" at canvassing or is it like that across the whole isle nowadays?
     
  7. Ryskviking

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    Kinder Scout. Took a dip in a small lake on top of the mountain too. Think I've qualified to be a window cleaner after such shenanigans.
     
  8. cheapncheerful

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    i dont canvass at present much...but i deliver 250 magazines every two weeks with the wife and if i see dirty windows in goes a card.....i usually find about 4 in every 250...and yes i do move around the area....and i have just had five jobs....months later....well four and one interested.....so it takes time...:D
     
  9. daveyboy

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    Maybe just a bad area
    Try moving half a mile and see what response you get
    60 quid is realistic but so is 100 or bugger all
    Luck of the draw on the day

    And welcome fella
     
  10. Ryskviking

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    Thank you, David.

    Village, 18 years old estate and brand new houses are miles and miles apart - and that's what puzzles me. Looks like every street is covered.
     
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