Home by 5


#1

Just wanted to share this small joy: today was the first day that I was ever home by 5 while also making $300. I know some of you are cranking out double or triple that in a day, but for me this is a major accomplishment. I thought I was doomed to $200, get home at 9PM days forever.


#2

Right on man. Keep on keeping on and you’ll build something great.

“Life’s a garden dig it.”

“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy”


#3

Congrats!

But, at the same time, if you’re normally working til 9 solo you should be bringing home at least $2k


#4

That’s great to hear Daniel! As time goes by you’ll get faster and more efficient. Keep up the great work!

Your progress since you first joined the forum has amazed me I see great success in your future!


#5

Great to hear your improving, way to keep at it.

What would you attribute getting done sooner too?

Any special process or just the experience?


#6

awesome to hear. keep it up!


#7

Aztec screen washer, stack ladder, better fanning, dive bombing, less detailing, being less of a perfectionist, process becoming more automatic, quicker screen labelling system, better organization, cutting out unnecessary steps, squirt bottle, sufficient sleep lol


#8

… Perhaps add ‘raise prices’ to your list…:smile:
Seriously, I know I am one of the pricier wc’s
in my area and I like to tell potential customers this.
And I know pricing is relative to location cause I’ll never get the prices of a large metro area…


#9

And I’m sure the list could go on and on. Just like the energizer bunny. lol


#10

Speaking of energy, another factor dawned on me this morning: making sure i stay hydrated and eat early enough. Many times i get in work mode and then don’t eat till like 3. But I’ve been forcing myself to quit and eat at 12 instead. Makes​ a huge difference to preemptively refuel the body.


#11

What about that start time?
How many hours are you spending on these $300 jobs


#12

I generally start at 9. Yesterday’s job took 7 hours.


#13

Thanks, Steve. I honestly could not have done it without the help and support of this forum and members like you!


#14

sounds great and yes it will get better and better if you keep learning from others and your experience.


#15

Hate to be a downer but something seems off

As I told new guys working with me get faster or get a new job this business is all about speed, I understand it takes time to be proficient but if it’s been more than 9 months I’d be worried


#16

I have this new guy helping me here and there. I give him tips, pointers, and a feel for how these jobs go down. I hold him to high standards. He says to me, “what more do you want out of me?” I’m thinking, Hustle, I want hustle. Show me you got mojo…

And people wonder why we make 100-200 an hour…


#17

Nah…your new guys are proly getting many hours of practice cause you are giving them steady work. Plus, you’re managing the big picture, while they’re just drones who are supposed to do the work fast. I, on the other hand, haven’t had nearly as much practice because I’m both doing the work and finding the work, not to mention doing everything else. So I’m learning owning a business, running a window cleaning company, accounting, marketing, sales, etc. plus the technical skill of actually cleaning windows. If I was stagnant, maybe that’d be a problem. But not a day has gone by where I haven’t learned and improved in some way since I began. Surely there’s much more to learn, but right now I’ve created something from nothing, and it’s working.

Besides…I don’t need to be the fastest because I have no intention to be cleaning windows the rest of my life. I’ve always been a strategy guy so, while I’m happy to get faster and it means more money now, I’ll be even happier if I get good at systemizing, hiring and managing. For me, window cleaning is on my “stop doing” list, but for now it’s what I need to get started. So, I guess, ironically, you are right. This may not be the job for me, and I don’t want it to be. What I do want, is for it to be the right business.


#18

don’t let the nay sayers get you down, my first summer i thought $250 by 6 was good, the next summer $350 by 6, today i did $511 by 5:30. it comes with time.


#19

In the beginning we had those days too. I used to stress about $300. Now I can do $500-650 by myself no problem. Now my wife and I are regularly doing $800-900. Yesterday we did $1235. We’re are definitely more experienced and it helps we have raised our prices. In time you’ll get there.


#20

I remember the first time I made $300 in one day . My second job ever , but I got home like 7pm . Job took 10 hours , outside only . That same job now takes me 5 hours inside and out , while at the same time client added a small back house . I’m sure next time you do that same job , you’ll be able to knock it out in 4-5 hours . Like everyone said , you’ll improve with time .

Maybe next time if you can start at 8am , but get there at 7:45am. It helps to start early and unloaded before start time. Also bring your own lunch , that help save time instead of looking for somewhere to eat during lunch rush hour . This has help me improve my time , Hope that helps