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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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Guest kars

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

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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

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Guest Maxidan

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

 

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

;)

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Guest kars

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

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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,


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

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:)

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Guest window washer

About right, unless one of them looks like a serial killer!!! LOL:blush::S

 

I went out last ***ht for an hour and got only 2 but then spent another 2 hours posting quotes as it was too late to knock and got 5 calls the same ***ht - go figure!!!

 

The trouble is everyone wants something for nothing. "You can only come when I am there" or "once every two months" to which I will reply "No thank you".

 

Good luck to them both.:):)

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You will find and went through the same when starting out you will pick up a lot of other window cleaners cast off's,as you said in your comment the ones who say can you do them when I'm there but I go work between 6am and 8pm or stinging nettles and dog dirt as high as the top floor window sills.

I use to do all these because it was money in my pocket and practise.The ones who want them done every couple of month I charge a bit extra for and go on the non urgent list they are lucky if I do them every three months now.These will make opportunities for better work and drop them off when I got better jobs to replace them.

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I moved about 3 years ago, so started again from scratch.

 

What I did find, is that I picked up stacks of work that Traditional cleaner's didn't want - either access to window was difficult, over conservatories, dorma's, leaded windows, 3 storey work etc..

 

No problem at all with the pole, and very often they are happy to pay a little more, because they know that it is difficult for them to get / keep a window cleaner.

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Guest kars

ok flyer postin starting on the first rainy day after monday canvasing to follow shortly after. i took over half way through a round so only reallyfeel that its mine come monday and the start of the round. Bring it on lol..

Up for the challange Dan???? could be a laugh??

Got a Gem this week builder did renovation on his own house. if he was happy with our work would use us for all his new builds in the area.... he of course was happy :) dropping batch of flyers off to him next week told him if we get enough business from that then we would reduce the cost of doing his house accordingly. £30 house... win win i recon. hee hee


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

 

your words have rang in my ears many times this week when pricing up jobs!!!! cheers:D

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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

 

hey hows it been going?? Hope youve been kept busy?:cool:

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Guest window washer

How has the canvassing been going guys?

 

I dropped off a thousand leaflets with quotes attached and picked up 35 customers which wasn't bad.

 

I hope all is going well

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How has the canvassing been going guys?

 

I dropped off a thousand leaflets with quotes attached and picked up 35 customers which wasn't bad.

 

I hope all is going well

 

nice one! im layin off the canvasing at the moment as is mentally draining having to reprice all the houses on the round and chat up all the custies. Once ive sorted that out then ill concentrate on building up the round. Think i mistook myself for super woman? lol


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,


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

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:)

 

 

Hey hows it been going? Hope ur still smiling? :D

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I am in the position of refining my work and I don't go canvassing haven't canvassed for about 2 years,I get at least 10 phone calls a week either from sign on back window of car or recommendation.

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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

Hi mexidian

I want to wish you good luck on your new start ,my advise to you is about pricing your works , when you do it consider adding 50% of the time you are assuming it will take.

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