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Discussion in 'Chit Chat & Introductions' started by Maxidan, May 29, 2011.

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  1. Maxidan

    Maxidan Guest

    Hello all,

    Maxidan here. On Tuesday evening I am going to start canvassing to get my new window cleaning business under way. I am both nervous and excited about taking on my new venture and as I am completely green to the trade is there any advice out there to securing new business.

    Thanks in advance,
    Maxidan
     
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  2. kars

    kars Guest

    Hiya. Im in the same boat but my business is aready establishes but running at a loss so have to build it up. all i can say is what i have learned on forums like this has been great and i now feel much more confident. good luck. x
     
  3. Hinty

    Hinty Well-Known Member
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    Hi Maxidan, hope it goes well for you.

    I would advise that you don't let on that you are new, but let your prospective customers know that you are a window cleaner, and are "looking to expand your round in this area". It helps foster the image that you will do a good job for them.

    When canvassing - keep records of who is out, and call back - if they were not in when you called they may not have been in when other people canvassed.

    Don't be put off by people saying there is already a window cleaner who does the whole road - it is very rare for this to be the case, and often there will be a pocket of houses that are not covered.

    Don't be disappointed if you go for several hours without getting any work - I always reckon on canvassing an average of £10 per hour - you might get £40 in 1/2 an hour then nothing for 3 1/2 hours - it will average out.

    Don't price too cheaply because you need the work - define your price structure & stick to it.
    (I always work on £1 per window, a window is termed as the area of glass I can reach in a circle of my arms - without bending my legs - but you will get your own method)

    Beware conservatory roof cleans - they always take longer than you think - charge well.

    Dave
     
  4. Maxidan

    Maxidan Guest

    Hi there Kars,

    Thanks for both the advice and encouragement. Its just what I need. It would be great if you could keep me posted and I'll do the same. I really hope you can build your business back up bigger and better that before (and soon).

    Best of luck,
    Maxidan
    ;)
     
  5. kars

    kars Guest

    Ha ha me too!!! had my first knock back after pricing today. 28 windows only 1 upper 1set patio doors got the feeling he would not pay £28 so expained the £1 per window rule but was willing to do it for £22 as they were pretty sraight forward ones although would still need a step up..... he replied full of horror that he can get them done for £12 I kept smiling and wished him luck while walking off
     
  6. Gav

    Gav Grand Master
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    Best way, you will always get the odd one that wants something for nothing.
     
  7. Maxidan

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    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the great advice and encouragement. Its Tuesday today and the beginning of my new venture. I'll be sure to post up my progress (and questions) as I go!
    Smile on,[hr]
    Hi Kars,
    Obviously I'm still don't know lots about the trade but I sounds like you made the right decision on that one!
    Today's the day I start cavassing! I'll let you know how I get on!
    Smile on,
    Dan:)
     
  8. Hinty

    Hinty Well-Known Member
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    Sounds like it could be a race between Dan & Kars.

    All the best for both of you.
     
  9. Comeon then Dan and Kars - spill the beans...

    How is the canvassing going - any luck?
     
  10. Hinty

    Hinty Well-Known Member
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    I reckon - 3 ***hts, say 3 hours per ***ht - say 10 customers each.. ish???
     
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