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Pane
11 hours ago, MCWC said:

I just going to go to local hardware store apparently they have basic unger tools will pick some of them up hope they have different size channels as some windows like to be awkward and be too small for a 14" blade lol

 

Yea and hopefully it snowballs over the winter (pardon the pun) 

U guys put much thought into water freezing and putting stuff down kinda just thinking of getting salts to put where the water ends up 

Firstly - i rarely use Unger,therefore dont really rate them.

Secondly - I've primarily dealt with water freezing.If need be,ill deal with it at the time.Itll be a rare thing.

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Pane
20 minutes ago, mike007 said:

Not my first, but so far think my wettest, normal winter weather is not too bad, even the colder days after the first house of the day is done.

Definately...Wetter Mike007.I think most Clients are under the impression,rain will clean the windows.Id still clean windows in the rain - as long as ive got waterproofs on...Heavy rain,youd be mad to be out there.

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MCWC
20 minutes ago, Pane said:

I've primarily dealt with water freezing.If need be,ill deal with it at the time.Itll be a rare thing.

It's. Just because most days I finish at 3 and try to get a few in before I head home not easy when it's dark around 5 and since it's getting colder was worried about water freezing on the pathway and someone slipping 

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Pane
6 minutes ago, MCWC said:

It's. Just because most days I finish at 3 and try to get a few in before I head home not easy when it's dark around 5 and since it's getting colder was worried about water freezing on the pathway and someone slipping 

Martin,in the nicest possible way,i fear for you mate.

- Finish properly at 3 then - no one would normally continue in the dark.We all know there'll be excess water,especially on paths!...Its an Accident waiting to happen🤔...Someone mentioned doing Internal cleans earlier...Im covered Public Liability Insurance - Outside Only.

Inside is hassle - Dirty boots/shoes on carpets,ornaments,plants etc in the way...Itd have to be worth the pay rate from Client tobe worth Your Time wise.Unless your a small to medium company & can afford Internal as well as External Insurance.Id stay with External cleans.

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Part Timer
29 minutes ago, Pane said:

Time wise.Unless your a small to medium company & can afford Internal as well as External Insurance.Id stay with External cleans.

My Insurance states internal cleaning can be up to 10% of my turnover, it's actually less than 2%, and there is no extra premium. 

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MCWC

No I never go past half 4 as that's roughly sunset and gives maybe hour or so for the water to wick away but I don't think it's long enough time especially in winter 

But at the same time it's the only time I have free at the min one morning a week off and rest are starts at 7am in my full time job

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Pane
36 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

My Insurance states internal cleaning can be up to 10% of my turnover, it's actually less than 2%, and there is no extra premium. 

Thatd be for you to decide Part timer im afraid.Im running my own business.I wish you luck chap.

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Part Timer
6 hours ago, Pane said:

Thatd be for you to decide Part timer im afraid.Im running my own business.I wish you luck chap.

My reply was about you saying you need insurance for internal cleaning and it will cost more. It doesn't if it is only going to be a small amount of your total business.

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Pane
49 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

My reply was about you saying you need insurance for internal cleaning and it will cost more. It doesn't if it is only going to be a small amount of your total business.

Ahh,i see part timer thank you.

The way you worded it,starting with "My Insurance..",appeared Yours😉👍.

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Pane
43 minutes ago, Pane said:

Ahh,i see part timer thank you.

The way you worded it,starting with "My Insurance..",appeared Yours😉👍.

Having said that part timer..Internal Cleaning Only contributing a small percentage to your business...Isnt worth it..no brainer really!😉.

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scottish cleaning service

Used my hot water today for first time doing a first clean. Fantastic, just dipped my brush in a buket of degreaser and away I went. After scrubbing all the front I changed my brush and finished them off then rinsed. I now have a dedicated degreaser brush which I use for pvc cleans and first cleans. Well worth an extra few bob to convert to hot water especially this time of year. 😉

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Part Timer
1 hour ago, Pane said:

Having said that part timer..Internal Cleaning Only contributing a small percentage to your business...Isnt worth it..no brainer really!😉.

Depends on what your turnover is, also that work averages £50 an hour and isn't that easy to replace with external work at the same value.

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MCWC

So all my fellow newbies how did u get christmas over you

 

Also quick question for those more experienced wanting to buy some upgrades what size ro system should I get as I know I can use di for now but looking at future planning 

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Camberley Window Cleaning

It's been pretty busy! That's why I never get time to reply lol.

 

I'm preparing for Spring as I will start adding some addons like roof moss removal, and buying a gutter vac.. 

 

I'm nearly a 100 regular customers on my list which is what I had in mind for my first year so that's amazing results.

 

On the other hand, also having to deal with some dishonest people that call you for regular window cleaning and after the first clean they disappear. Or some people call you and even if you message the day before that you are coming on that day they cancel on the door. Freaking time wasters. But it can't be helped I guess...

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MCWC

I'm getting busy too not as busy as. I would like to be but slow and steady and yea with time wasters as in setting up regular cleans and then when showing up for that second clean they change their mind last minute 

Hoping to get another 10/20 customers by end of march then again by May so totalling if all goes well to 120 averaging £12.50 a go

Had a fun convo with my brother the other week

He was picking my brain about the "fun" of setting up a business and trying to balance full time work with it my only real advice was not do it at the start of autum maybe in new year/early spring he asked for me to show him what I use and how to use it

 

I sent him the list of what I got or as close to it anyway and offered to take him out for a half day to show him what to do and stuff

 

Was all up for it and the morning of "oh what's the pay like" 

Bloddy chancer to pay him I would be loosing money also considering I already offered to go and set up all his gear and put together his diy wfp trolley for not a bean would of cost me a day's work too 

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mike007
8 hours ago, Camberley Window Cleaning said:

It's been pretty busy! That's why I never get time to reply lol.

 

I'm preparing for Spring as I will start adding some addons like roof moss removal, and buying a gutter vac.. 

 

I'm nearly a 100 regular customers on my list which is what I had in mind for my first year so that's amazing results.

 

On the other hand, also having to deal with some dishonest people that call you for regular window cleaning and after the first clean they disappear. Or some people call you and even if you message the day before that you are coming on that day they cancel on the door. Freaking time wasters. But it can't be helped I guess...

Cannot be helped but as time goes on you get less of these customers due to the good old Windie senses. 

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scottish cleaning service
On 17/11/2019 at 19:13, scottish cleaning service said:

I missed out on one new customer because his wife met someone on a bus. Anyhow the guy is only charging £6 but I told the customer I would have been a tenner a month. Did his gutters this week and he told me he is not happy with the new guy's work. I said what do you expect for £6,

 

As I thought, the new guy gave up and I picked up the customer and another one so I have all at that spot. Drove down the hill a bit to do only one customer and another 3 came out because the guy has dropped that area. I will probably get all the rest because I'm the only guy cleaning that area. That's why it really pays to work Saturday's because everyone is usually in.

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Chris33
On 04/08/2019 at 14:25, Camberley Window Cleaning said:

Hello all! This is my first post on this forum, I am a new window cleaner in the Camberley/Surrey area. I just freshly started after a year of debating when to start, I had to resign from my full time employer because they owed me 2 months salary, I took action against them and I am waiting for the Employers Tribunal to schedule a hearing.

 

I am using a Water Fed Pole and a backpack which I carry at the back of my car(Citroen Grand Picasso). So far it's working well, but I can already see the issues of having to refill all the time when more customers join in, so I will be getting a water tank in the future.  

I have been getting weekly jobs, mostly from Facebook groups, and a few from canvassing. I have also made a website (which needs a lot of work and SEO) you can have a look here: https://www.camberleywindowcleaning.com/

 

I canvass on evenings after 5:30 PM and Saturdays after 11AM. About 2-3 hours each time. I am having a hard time getting daily jobs which is the goal, as I want to work 5 days a week ideally.  So any advice on this or on anything will be much appreciated. I am new to this, it's my first time being self employed and there's a lot of new things that I need to learn. 

 

I will be posting updates on how everything is going, I firmly believe than in a year from now I will be in a much better position than right now.

 

Thanks very much in advance for all your help and advice.

 

Matt

 

 

Hi Matt. Guess your 6 months into the thick of it by now. How are you getting on? 

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Camberley Window Cleaning
7 minutes ago, Chris33 said:

Hi Matt. Guess your 6 months into the thick of it by now. How are you getting on? 

It's going well, almost 100 customers. I left my part time job to focus on window cleaning. I'm starting roof moss removal soon in spring so that will help things 🙂

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Chris33
6 hours ago, Camberley Window Cleaning said:

It's going well, almost 100 customers. I left my part time job to focus on window cleaning. I'm starting roof moss removal soon in spring so that will help things 🙂

Great news. How are you getting customers? And I agree  better to sometimes make this your sole focus

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