What Job Did You Do Before Window Cleaning And Why Did You Change Career Path ?

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  1. All Round Cleaning

    All Round Cleaning Grand Master
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    As per title , what did you do before you became a window cleaner and why did you change ?

    If you didnt know already I was a welder / fabricator worked in the construction game had a very well paid job
    and also had started up my own fabrication and welding business as well .

    Was all going good until last july had a cardiac arrest and game over from then on in with the implant of my defibrillator
    so couldnt go back to my trade .
    spent the best part of nearly a yr trying to think of what to do until i eventually found window cleaning .
    It suits me to a T as I can do as little or as much as I like as I know if im pushing myself to much
    and if i'm having a bad day take it off . I still feel tired now and then but it takes time to build back up .

    Well there is my story .

    What's yours ?
     
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  2. Masons

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    Left school and 4weeks after my last GCSE I bought half my brothers round and here I am 10 years later.

    I got my gcse's back and haven't used them or looked at them lol.
     
  3. mark m

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    untill 1983 i was going to be a rugby star i thought i played in Twickham and England B and played over most of europe but a injury stopped that
    1983 i started window cleaning with a mate at weekends when i could as i was still at school
    1984 left school carried on window cleaning but my parents said i had find a proper job so in
    1985 i went to college to train as a plumber i was still window cleaning after college and weekends
    1989 i was fully trained plumber me and my mate had built up a very good round and he brought me out
    i took 1 year out travelled europe and used to bounce in night clubs
    1990 recession hit i was working as a plumber never really liked it and started window cleaning again
    1990 -2000 got married and 2 kids and moved from Surrey to Dorset and started again
     
  4. chip

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    Completed a yts at bricklaying and got a city and guilds, got a job at a fabricating place, bit of welding, bit of metal bending, bit of lining furnaces, window cleaned for about 18 monts, then worked for a sewer surveyer then went back to windows, but for myself this time, still lumbered with it till thus
     
  5. All Round Cleaning

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    Wow guys some interesting stories there .
    Thanks for your replies .
     
  6. Shaun1977

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    I worked on doors for 13 year before I started also done but painting n decorating
     
  7. harunh

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    1990-2006 - school - got bad gcses couldnt be bothered with school never done homework in my life and never will do either lol

    2006-2010 - college

    I done a lot of courses and no course interested me i done drylining and i used to mess about that much i failed i had no interest what so ever.
    Then i done Uniformed services ( wanted to be a prison officer) haha then i dropped out.
    Then i done I.T (dont know why lol) I got kicked of my course for messing about
    And then last course was a level 2 access course to get me to a level 3 course then once i done that level 3 i could get in to university. I done well on this course :) but i failed because my attendance was so bad ! lol
    I was a rebel in college lol

    Throught out all this time i worked part time in my dads off license

    2010-2011 - I used to work part time still in my dads off license, then i got another part time job as a call centre worker for a taxi company so now i had 2 jobs which i just spent on weed and drink all the time. and then midway through 2011 my dads off license got bought out by a housings association because they are knocking the whole housing estate down and building it new. so that left me a bit devoed.

    start of 2012 - I was wanting to start a business that would help me and be good for me.... so on google i typed in starting a business for under 10K... and their was loads of businesses to go into.... i was really interested in mobile burger vans ect.... and also i was interested in mobile valeting which i was really keen to do... then window cleaning came across and when i seen the wfp in action i thought wow i could do that anyday !

    So what i done was check the forums out and i knew this could work for me because..... to succeed in this business all you need is to be determined and business minded :) I had 2 pass my driving test and it toke me 2/3 months to pass it....... before i passed it i had my business cards ready which i had been editing and editing in those 2/3 months lol i looked up all the information every day on forums etc... and i learnt a lot about window cleaning without even starting up !

    Lol..... here is a link to 1 of my posts on here when i first started up:

    http://www.windowcle...-start-up-plan/

    Now its been 8 weeks since i been trading and i got 80 customers :) could be 90 customers but i toke a few of my round due to time wasters bad payers and bad priced jobs etc.

    My target when i started was 100 customers in 3 months :) so am really happy how everything is going :) :D

    Lol
     
  8. M.K Cleaners.co.uk

    M.K Cleaners.co.uk Grand Master
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    Kicked out of school at 15, Got a job on the side cleaning windows. Ive been doing it ever since
     
  9. Paul

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    Left school joined the army served 13 years un places such as Bosnia, kosavo, Iraq, Afghanistan, NI, had enough of seeing mates getting killed and being very close to getting killed myself also not seeing my wife and kids very often so left the army got a job with a couple of windys seen how much they were making so decided to go it alone :D
     
  10. Dodger

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    Nearly joined army at 17, decided against that as have a fear of bullets.
    Worked down Pit 2 yrs, hated it.
    Factory as warehouse supervisor 5 yrs.
    trained in business admin.
    DJ since that and still am.
    Not as interesting as some other lads stories but there ya go.
     
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