I’m brand-spanking new to owning my very own window cleaning business, and I wanted to introduce myself, and hopefully gain some wisdom and insight from the vets. I’m 29, and I have spent most of my adult life in sales. Overtime I really grew sick of the office job, so I began to think of other career paths. When I was in college I would wash windows in the summer because it was decent pay and enjoyable work so I figured, “Why not give that a try?”
Well, after a few weeks of research, shopping, and thinking/stressing, today I did my first job! It was a gimme because I washed the windows of the Domino’s I work at in the evenings, but it was a great opportunity to discuss business with the Domino’s owner, and earn some points (and hopefully a referral or two).
A few take away’s from my job today:
1.) I need to slow down and retrain my technique
2.) I definitely need a smaller ladder for store fronts, or an extension pole
3.) I need to dial in my soap to water ratio
A few questions I have are how did you market when you first launched, what is a good rate to charge (should I be cheaper than my competition)? Is the “S” technique the best technique? I have my business licence, but what kind of insurance will I need (it’s just myself currently)? What equipment am I missing (see list)? I feel like I’ve poured all kinds of thought and effort into this, but I’m probably missing something, what mistakes did you make early on that I can avoid?
Thanks in advance for your insight!
Equipment purchased so far
17’ Little Giant Ladder
24’ extension ladder
Ladder rack for car
Large Ettore Bucket 6 Gal
Ettore Ext Pole, 5’
Unger 18" and 12" Squeegee & Unger 14" Scrubber
Dawn Dish soap