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Forest1234

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Hi, i'm just setting up a window cleaning business, it's probably the wrong time of year for multiple reasons. i have everything except the RO system which should be here in a few days. I'm thinking of pricing as follows. 

 

Front of house - £6 

Full house - £10 

Full house + Conservatory £15 

 

I've had an idea of donating £1 from every clean to the local food bank and other local charities, i will be taking payment by cash or preferably with my PayPal card reader. Even after PayPal fees and the £1 taken out i would still be earning over £8 per £10 clean. 

 

Do you think this is a good idea to do, i do know that by offering this it could get me more customers and therefore being able to give even more to the food bank and other charities or do you think it will look like i'm using it in a way to gain more customers. 

 

Thank you for your input. 

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I would suggest you keep your money. Charities often do not best use money as well as you may personally allocate due to structural faff.

condider offering free cleaning for schools, gp surgery’s etc. That’s what we do as it indirectly saves them money. 

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Master Jedi Alejandro

What you give to charity is your business, however as others have said there are a lot of cheaper alternatives to PayPal. 
 

Also, you say you would be making £8 per clean but you are wrong there. You’ve only taken off the charity donation and PayPal charge. You need to think on all the other costs, equipment, vehicle, fuel, insurance, etc etc. 
 

A better idea is maybe say you will give 10% of your profit to charity, if your heart is set on that idea. That way everything is paid for before you take cash out and means if something breaks, which it will, you can then justify giving less that month as that’s a expense that comes before profit. 
 

edit: 10% is a complete random number, not a suggestion. The suggestion is taking it from profit, not gross income. 
 

edit 2: You can probably up your prices. And if you are donating to charity and heavily advertise that fact then you can probably get away with charging more as folk like that sort of thing. Just a thought, though, never did that myself. 
 

edit 3: Just to clarify, I have/do donate to charity. I meant I’ve never used it as a marketing ploy. Man, I should really sleep. 😅 

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I don't give to charity like that but I do clean my kids school for free couple times a year and give raffle prizes to local fund raisers and community groups 

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Sorry mate but its not great business imho.

Pricing as you will soon learn like i did is the hardest part of starting up, to set prices like that is bonkers ive got 3 bed houses that i charge £10 for and £20 for no house is the same continually. Please have a rethink about that.

 

The money from every job to charity is great for the soul but not always for your business, last year id been running for 6-7 months and in December i did a £30 shop in tesco for local food bank, this year im more established and the plan is to up it to £75 shop for food bank. If your doing it just to get more customers then i believe its a bit fruitless people wont go with you just because you are donating to charity.

Im not gonna lie, i was contacted by a local paper last year when i did this and they did a small story about it, and i did pick up alot of work from it but that was never my driving force. Also this year ive done 2x 6month free cleans for a couple of key workers that have gone above and beyond during covid & have donated a 6monthly free clean to a raffle thats being orgainsed for a local charity.

Donating £1 out of every £10 is MASSIVE and out of a £6 is Ridiculously huge

 

As for card reader i cant comment as im only bank transfer and the odd cash payer

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On 08/11/2020 at 19:26, Forest1234 said:

Hi, i'm just setting up a window cleaning business, it's probably the wrong time of year for multiple reasons. i have everything except the RO system which should be here in a few days. I'm thinking of pricing as follows. 

 

Front of house - £6 

Full house - £10 

Full house + Conservatory £15 

 

I've had an idea of donating £1 from every clean to the local food bank and other local charities, i will be taking payment by cash or preferably with my PayPal card reader. Even after PayPal fees and the £1 taken out i would still be earning over £8 per £10 clean. 

 

Do you think this is a good idea to do, i do know that by offering this it could get me more customers and therefore being able to give even more to the food bank and other charities or do you think it will look like i'm using it in a way to gain more customers. 

 

Thank you for your input. 

Charities errh most have over paid Flash git MD's/ CEO's/ board of directors draining crucial funds to keep their helicopters boats and cars fuelled in my opinion.

As my good friend Part Timer quotes, Get a business established, 

Then see if you like it and can make it past year one.

The Sumup card reader is very affordable and minimal fees, that paired with Bacs and cash is all you'll need.

It's nice to have a charity in your business plan as it makes it look better on paper but just get yourself running and earning a decent wage for yourself before you give it away.

We are all here to help and feel free to engage in the threads and be apart of our community 

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