Started Window Cleaning In Jan 14

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  1. Sure2Shine

    Sure2Shine Newcomer
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    Hi Everybody,
    I started to build my new window cleaning business in mid Jan 2014, i must say after a tiny bit of research i got myself out there with just a some printed sign up forms that i designed and printed from our family printer and started to build my customer base from door knocking, people really don't like door knockers but i needed to see if i could make a success out of this new idea of mine so i was willing to bare the cold receptions to gain a customer or two. Ok so it began the most exiting feeling is getting your first one i mean it puts you on a massive high you feel like you could get a hundred more that day! i mean after getting that first "eeeerrr yes but how much?" i was so exited i just said oh tenner £10 without looking properly. Big 1st mistake it took me 3.5 hours to clean that house the windows had not been cleaned since her husband left 5 years ago ect ect they were bad. However i battled on they are now like brand new windows and i have been back to clean and now i can do the whole house in 15-20 mins so i feel is it worth taking a bit of a loss to get that customer in your books or not? well to be honest first time she gave me a £4 tip and the 2nd time a £3 tip plus a new customer who is a friend of hers so not all bad! But i can tell you this much it's hard work don't be fooled it's hard game getting a house up together. Anyway from then i now have 17 Customers i have pretty much done the same for and in some cases guttering as well.
    well its nice to find a forum with people with the same interests as mine and its going be nice getting to know some of you in time.
    until then i got other things to do this Sunday have a great weekend whats left of it
    David
     
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    Welcome david. 17 customers so far is good. Door knocking is by far the most effective way to get new customers, although I have had plenty in the past by just dropping a business card through the letter box. To begin with, it can feel like a real battle to build up your customer base and you will find that they are spread all over the place. Just keep plugging away and you will soon have 50 customers and then 100 and things will really start to knit together. The more you are cleaning, the more you will be spotted by neighbours and asked to give quotes. Concentrate on doing a really good job. Customers really appreciate that. Make sure you have the right kit. You will make mistakes to begin with, particularly on pricing, but dont be disheartened. Always believe, learn and get better. There is plenty of work out there. All the best.
     
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    Well done David and welcome.
     
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    You started out at a bad time amongst the storms eh!
    More work should come your way now though with brighter days & word of mouth
     
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    hi and welcome Sure2Shine me just joined the forum too they all very friendly on here and da boss man gav has just done a total reboot and its all going great..the more the merrier....as for new jobs i always lose on them but usually the custys realise and can tip even though i always quote a bit extra first time anyway....i have just done one this week and it was described to me over the phone and so i priced it blind.....and it was little squares and they were yukky but the money was left for me and if she phones back again they wont be bad at all next time...loads of advice on here to help you on your way...you have started windowcleaning at rather a bad point as the storms coated the windows and they are very hard to clean at the moment ,on the other hand it has made dirty windows even dirty so generating more interest in getting them clean so should keep you busy......and remember at the end of the day if windowcleaning isnt for you....you cant lose as you can always sell your round in gavs sell section....
     
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    welcome bud , we ve all been there keep it up bud
     
  10. Sure2Shine

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    #10 Sure2Shine, Mar 19, 2014
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    Hello mrtaytay,
    Yes 100% door knocking i found to work best for gaining customers who live close to each other, u either get a no thanks or yes please how much or no i ant got a window cleaner and i dont want one or the worst one i had so far was a filthy house with a conservatory i spent 5 hours guttering as well for a £16 every 6 wks sign up and she never had the money to pay me that day, i was a bit gutted and after 2 visits and still no money i left me not being to bothered about my window cleaning business for quite a few days including a bad Feb 14 however i sent a txt saying how hard i worked and she txt back saying pop round get ya £16 so i did! the point to this is watch out for over keen customers when door knocking, you are right there is plenty of work out there if you are willing to go out and get it! thanks for your reply and welcome mrtaytay i am going to keep going and graft on for a bit and see how it goes. David
     
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