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How Long Does It Take To Build A Round Of 200 Domestic Customers



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hornbeam98

Just need a rough guide of how long, I know its hard to quantify.

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Guest Paul

Give yourself about a year mate or pay a canvassing team to get them fast

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rcproperty

like paul said, just depends on how well you pick them up, if you are out every night and only picking 3-4 up each time it will take a while. but saying that you can get lucky and pick 10-15 up in one night!

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M.K Cleaners.co.uk

Hard one this, Motivation is a factor have you cheked for planed new builds in your area? Really good place to start

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M.K Cleaners.co.uk

The Arsenal badge is back lol

 

To start with I though it was H making the topic

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John B

I started up (for the second time) from scratch last August. It took me until February to pick up my 200th customer. That figure is perhaps slightly distorted by the fact that about a third of these were either one-offs or as-and-when they phone me.

 

I now have 304, of which, again around a third are as per previous paragraph, so actually it has taken 13 months to get 200 regular customers.

 

I still keep the one-offs and as-and-whens because I am in Ireland, and the culture towards window cleaning is very different to Britain!

 

John

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iluvwindows

I started up (for the second time) from scratch last August. It took me until February to pick up my 200th customer. That figure is perhaps slightly distorted by the fact that about a third of these were either one-offs or as-and-when they phone me.

 

I now have 304, of which, again around a third are as per previous paragraph, so actually it has taken 13 months to get 200 regular customers.

 

I still keep the one-offs and as-and-whens because I am in Ireland, and the culture towards window cleaning is very different to Britain!

 

John

hi john what do you mean the culture is different to britain fella?

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John B

hi john what do you mean the culture is different to britain fella?

 

Many people here aren't used to having their windows cleaned regularly as they are in Britain. I do have a good core of regular customers (the 200 or so mentioned previously), who are regular and reliable. The others are, as said, either one offs who I may or may not not see again, or I might get a phone call in a year or two's time, and the others who only want them done for special occasions (ie confirmations, birthdays, etc).

 

The other thing is that I only have a small number whom I can just turn up and clean. The rest want to know in advance, either by text, phone call, or whatever.

 

I believe the main reason for this is that before the recession took hold here, people here were paying a lot more for their windows to be cleaned (for example, a 3 bedroom semi was typically priced at around 20-25 euro (£15-18), and that was 20 odd years ago! Now the prices are closer to 12-15 euro, which is OK as I can make a living charging that, but as people were used to paying more for a less frequent service, it has been a challenge to educate them to have a more regular clean for a lower price.

 

The key here is being flexible. I have fortnightly, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weekly, as well as annual or as-and-when customers. It's not actually that difficult to manage. Because people are so laid back with regard to window cleaning, most wouldn't notice if I were a week or two late, so I can schedule them in at my convenience.

 

Kind regards.

John

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mr shine

well explained john im in cork southern ireland and its excactly the same here . the ones who ring every 3 to 6 months and longer i double up as its the same as a first deep clean. i have a wheeliebin cleaning trailer as i wouldnt make a living on windows alone so the bins help a lot also i do a lot of gutter clearance facia and soffit cleans and powerwashing etc .

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harunh

well i got 148 customers in 4 months :) on my 4th month and 3rd day today :)

 

ive chucked like 30 customers of my round... moaners... bad payers etc :P

 

hmmm thats it really mate

 

it can be achieved in 6 months i believe :P

 

hopefully i reach 200 within the next 2 months !

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Knoxy

Don't rush it, it will hapen when it happens, I've been going now for about 6/7 months and I have about 70/80 customers, I've been targeting specific houses as I'd rather have 80 good houses than 200 cheap ones. Don't be afraid to walk away from a job if they want it cheap, I've turned down a few £30 jobs because I know I'd be kicking myself when cleaning them. Good luck.

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harunh

Don't rush it, it will hapen when it happens, I've been going now for about 6/7 months and I have about 70/80 customers, I've been targeting specific houses as I'd rather have 80 good houses than 200 cheap ones. Don't be afraid to walk away from a job if they want it cheap, I've turned down a few £30 jobs because I know I'd be kicking myself when cleaning them. Good luck.

 

good strategy mate :P

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M.K Cleaners.co.uk

Don't rush it, it will hapen when it happens, I've been going now for about 6/7 months and I have about 70/80 customers, I've been targeting specific houses as I'd rather have 80 good houses than 200 cheap ones. Don't be afraid to walk away from a job if they want it cheap, I've turned down a few £30 jobs because I know I'd be kicking myself when cleaning them. Good luck.

 

Ive done the complete opistite, I took on everything and anything lol. Worked out okay for shorterm, Im now in the process of dumping all the bad payers or houses that are to far away. As for the under prices jobs, im waiting untill the gov put fuel prices up and use this to put my prices up. If I lose them, I lose them.

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harunh

Ive done the complete opistite, I took on everything and anything lol. Worked out okay for shorterm, Im now in the process of dumping all the bad payers or houses that are to far away. As for the under prices jobs, im waiting untill the gov put fuel prices up and use this to put my prices up. If I lose them, I lose them.

 

Marc mate same here :) a customer is a customer to me mate but im waiting for prices to go up aswell

 

ive even told 1 customer i might put his price up from £8.50 to £10.00 in a few months when petrol price goes up..... he was fine with it lol

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M.K Cleaners.co.uk

Marc mate same here :) a customer is a customer to me mate but im waiting for prices to go up aswell

 

ive even told 1 customer i might put his price up from £8.50 to £10.00 in a few months when petrol price goes up..... he was fine with it lol

 

I have a few that need to go up 1:50, The others are between 50-1:00. I know at least half of them are going to ***** about it lol.

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harunh

well let them moan about it :) u got to improive your round :P just think yeah mate... ull be earning more money in less time :P

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GMcleaning

im the same mate, got quite a few that need to be upped by £1.

 

as for on topic, iv been hardcore canvassing the last 3 days and have picked up 34 decently priced, close together regular custies, so by that reckoning 200 custies could be achieved in 20 days! obviously you will have bad days but it could be done with the right attitude and a good pitch, but you have to do it every day

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John B

well explained john im in cork southern ireland and its excactly the same here . the ones who ring every 3 to 6 months and longer i double up as its the same as a first deep clean. i have a wheeliebin cleaning trailer as i wouldnt make a living on windows alone so the bins help a lot also i do a lot of gutter clearance facia and soffit cleans and powerwashing etc .

 

Yes, like yourself, I do gutters and fascia cleans, and, although I don't do power washing, I have had quite a lot of enquiries with regard to this, so I may consider adding this service to my repertoire.

 

I am looking to have a customer base of 500 accounts, which will be enough for me to make a decent living on window cleaning alone. I am doing OK on 300, so I know what I need to aim for to. I have reached the stage where the work is coming to me steadily enough for me to be doing less and less canvassing. Even so, it may take me another year to reach this milestone!

 

I am in Tralee, by the way.

 

Best wishes,

John

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John B

well explained john im in cork southern ireland and its excactly the same here . the ones who ring every 3 to 6 months and longer i double up as its the same as a first deep clean. i have a wheeliebin cleaning trailer as i wouldnt make a living on windows alone so the bins help a lot also i do a lot of gutter clearance facia and soffit cleans and powerwashing etc .

 

Yes, like yourself, I do gutters and fascia cleans, and, although I don't do power washing, I have had quite a lot of enquiries with regard to this, so I may consider adding this service to my repertoire.

 

I am looking to have a customer base of 500 accounts, which will be enough for me to make a decent living on window cleaning alone. I am doing OK on 300, so I know what I need to aim for to. I have reached the stage where the work is coming to me steadily enough for me to be doing less and less canvassing. Even so, it may take me another year to reach this milestone!

 

I am in Tralee, by the way.

 

Best wishes,

John

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fast_muchly

Well im in Mansfield area and this is my first post and i have been going since end of Feb.

 

And round here where unemployment is high and a serious lack of jobs there seems to be quite a few window cleaners knocking about.Its taken me 6 months to get 49 customers its really really hard work but i just leaflet drop think its a bit much to knock on doors but htats just me.

 

I want about 45 customers each week on a 3 weekly rota to be o.k money wise and its damn hard getting to this !.

 

Ive tried it all leafleting new builds and you get nothing its as though there tied up with all the money going to the new mortgage they have.Got most of my customers from peeps seeing me out and thru doing an odd day with another cleaner as he dont want anymore.If it wasnt for this odd day i do with him now and again think i would have given it up.

 

A thing i am trying at the moment is stopping car and popping a leaflet thru letterbox on all FOR SALE signs that have sold on them.

But really peed off other day i live 3 house away from one such house that had sale sign with sold on it,so i popped ticket thru thinking yesssssssss this ones mine,he/she never rang so thought they dont want a cleaner.Backing off drive other day what do i see but a young windy doing there back windows it really really peed me off as i was watching this one like a hawk.

 

The thing is with me im at stage where im desperate for customers but i WONT sell myself cheap as i know i will regret it in long run........been told by a few experienced windys..........Start as you mean to go on.........its worth it in the end.

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harunh

i got 153 customers since may 10th mate ... tahts like over 4 months :)

 

Ive chucked 20/30 customers off... due to bad payers etc :P

 

And im in the northeast.... and unemployment in northeast is the highest in the country ? ? ?

 

Lol and fast_muchly... u got to knock on doors mate otherwise for next summer your not going to have a good enough built round....

 

For next summer i know that i am going to be busy as ever and i will have to sell a bit of my low priced work to replace it with quality work.

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GMcleaning

you cant complain about finding it hard to gain custys when you wont knock on the doors, its the only way, iv picked up 64 new regulars in the last 2 weeks, all on 1 estate, you can only do that by knocking, just suck it up and get out there!

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