What made you become a window cleaner?

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  1. Adams0211

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    Not sure if this has been done before but I thought it might be interesting and maybe offer some inspiration to the newbies.

    I've always been envious of people who knew exactly what career path they wanted to take. My sister knew she wanted to be a nurse from a young age and did well at school, went on to further education and then trained to be a nurse.

    I never had a clue what I wanted to do. I left school with bad GCSE results and flitted from job to job. I eventually ended up working in a warehouse. Seven years later I was still there. Thirty years old, married, four kids and a shite warehouse job. My mrs worked and we got by but I was on **** money and working all the hours under the sun so the kids didn't go without.

    Everything about my life was good other than work. I hated it but couldn't see a way out. I was up at 4 or 5am five or six days a week and when I was home I was knackered and stressed out. The managers were **** heads and so were most of my colleagues.

    In summer 2014 I spoke to the Mrs about us getting a second car. Just something cheap so I didn't have to rely on lifts or the bus for work. We saved a few quid and in September last year I started looking for a little run around.

    After looking at cars online for a while, i started browsing used vans. I found a little Vauxhall combo just up the road from me that I liked the look of so I thought why not. A van is handier to have than a car, especially as I was the only one going to be using it.

    I went and had a look and the chap selling it was a window cleaner. I bought the van and went on my way.

    A day or two later I remembered the guy selling the van saying he was a window cleaner and something about it got me interested and I thought "I could do that" so I had a look online and started researching the business. Within a few days I'd ordered all my trad gear and was practicing non-stop. After a couple of weeks doing friends and family members houses I got my first proper job and it's grown from there. I spent another six months working in the warehouse while I was building a little round and doing the windows part time and in March this year I went full time on the windows and haven't looked back since.

    I'm not 100% sure but after speaking to another windie on here I think the guy I bought the van off might be on here too. I'll see if he recognises the red combo with the Arsenal tax disc holder G-)

    Let's hear the rest of your story's.
     
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  2. Duncs

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    must say love reading the stories how people started off there rounds
    this thread has poped up many times over the last couple of years but always good read
    sounds like all is going well with you Adam and well done
    if your hard worker and motivated you will get there
     
  3. Adams0211

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    Cheers mate. I like hearing people's stories too. There's lots of success stories on here :thumbsup:
     
  4. Alex87

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    Mine is very much a like yours. Currently part time in a call centre. Part time on windows. About 6 weeks in now and just hit the 50 customer mark which I'm very happy with.
    Hoping once I get that to 120 to go full time.
    Fingers crossed

    Other than the 4 kids.
    Just 1 so far
     
  5. Duncs

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    yeh Adam some of the guys here have done really well
    they have some great stories to tell
     
  6. Adams0211

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    If you're not already doing it, join all the local Facebook selling/buying/business groups and advertise on them daily. I got loads of work from them in the early days.
     
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    I have been doing this.
    Would say all in all picked up about 10 jobs from it. Some being one off and others regular. It's nice easy free advertising which is always good.
     
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    Great story mate, warehouse work is the pitts, been there done that.

    My story is much less inspirational than yours. I bought a ladder for a painting job and was getting grief off the mrs to sell it. So I needed a reason to keep it and decided to add gutter work to my list of handyman services. Not even thought of window cleaning as it had never appealed to me. **** work, **** money....so I thought. But then I started to look into it and thought that regular window cleaning for my handyman customers would be a great way to stay in touch with them, leading to more work, and more leads. First day out on a freezing cold, but sunny day, and I loved it. Working outside instead of cooped up inside a customers house was just like a dream. Shame I was only walking away with 12quid though. So I needed to build a little round. The little round got bigger and bigger, its gotten to the point where I am struggling to fit handyman work in. Most jobs I get offered now are much less appealing than a day on the windows, but I do get the odd offer that I can't turn down, especially painting jobs. Most people hate painting including myself. But when you are getting paid for it its a different ball game- the money is good if you quote right, but breathing in fumes all day is no way to live a life when you can be outside in the sun.
     
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    8 years ago i was drifting jobless[and homeless ,holed up in a shack of a shed ] after a disastrous marriage/career burnout . one day a windie drove past me squeaky clean and boy he was smiling,a crackin smile -laughing too [at what i will never know]
    iv looked for him loads a times since but he dont exist -was he smiling his last day in the job?? ,i will never know
    but i thought, Hmmm hes nice and smiley -- i SO want a part of that

    within a day id got a ladder etc and was out doorknocking, but NOBODY nobody wanted to know. eVERYBODY just said NO point blank

    i felt like sh///t . what can i do NOW ?- lets walk the beach instead ID WALKED it a hundred times deep in thought and often go dig up the beer id buried in the shingle the previous week and sit n drink it .
    on the way to the beach i saw a house at the roadside and thought, just this last one,giv it a shot -if they too say no i will forget the whole daft idea

    But fate stepped in and the kind lady she said YES ! and that was me i was up n running!
     
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  10. Adams0211

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    TolishAPurd

    That's cool how you decided to do it as an add on service and then it took off. I totally agree about being outside on a cold,sunny day. It's been a while since we've had one of those though.

    The thing that worried me the most when I first started out was falling off my ladder and badly hurting myself. Not because it would hurt but because i couldn't stand the thought of having to go back to the sort of job I hated. I've got my trolley now though so at least I don't have to worry about that any more.
     
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