For someone who is burnt out on working a 9-5 for someone else and is kind of tired of being around so many people (it was a big company) is Window Cleaning a good avenue in this job climate? I know you get what you put into it. I owned a window cleaning business when I was 22-25. I mainly was sub-contracted and never had the throw myself out there to get jobs. Since then I have moved and worked as an administrative assistant for a company and I'm just dead beat tired of it. I want to be on my own. I have a set amount that I need to make each year of $35,000 which with some hardwork seems entirely doable. That covers all of my bases, savings, and allows some for retirement. I live simply.
I want to do strictly residential with some smallish commercial and I want to work mainly alone with no hired help. Yeah, I sound like a bundle of joy to be around... Really, I'm a humble guy, just tired of all the hustle and bustle. I'm ready for the simplicity of window cleaning.
My questions are:
Since I last looked into WFP systems (2003) it seems like the technology has come a long way. For someone like me what system would you recommend?
How are these new WFP systems doing on older windows or windows with old frames that have worn out paint or crusty calking that likes to leave a nice streaky residue behind?
Are any of you using these systems for all of you residential work?
How do personally you tell when to use and when to clean with a squeegee?
Would one of these systems be ok if I used them on anything above 2 story windows? I am not very strong to be throwing around a 32ft ladder. It's too heavy, though I am very comfortable on a 24ft.
Other than word of mouth and flyers - what are your most effective methods of advertising?
Do people put their business in the phone book anymore?
I'm in the Everett area of Washington state. Do you think it is possible to make $35,000 (take home) per year? Or is this an over saturated market?
Hope this summer has been fruitful for you all. Thank you for the suggestions and comments.
Have a great day!