Just stepping into the world of window cleaning


#1

Hello everyone!!! So after months of research online, video tutorials, and practicing on my own windows I’ve decided to take the leap and start my own window cleaning service. The market in my area for residential is wide open. I’ve investigated all the free stuff such as Facebook and Craigslist and there is absolutely nobody publicly advertising for Window cleaning.

So here’s a few questions for you veterans out there. How good were you when you first got started? I admit I have so much to improve when it comes to my skills. I had my first real customer Monday and it went great, no streaks and happy customer, but that was a easy single story house. I’m not going to lie, the thought of bigger homes and tougher jobs scare the hell out of me!!! Is there a point where you guys just said screw it, "I’m doing it anyways? I want a successful business and believe the opportunity is wide open for it here, I’m just nervous about going on a major flyer campaign and getting in way over my head.


#2

You take it one window at a time. If you make a spotless window, you are the professional. Every job is different. Get those flyers out. Don’t worry, you’ll be under - whelmed. Work single story houses. It’s your business, you call the shots. If you have ladders, go for two story. You will need ladders. I bought used ones, saved hundreds. Used 28’ at garage sale, 50 bucks. Used Giant 17’, 35 bucks. Have fun, be up beat and polite. Try for at least 200 on small one story houses. Big glass? 300. I am new too. Get referrals from customers. Storm windows? That’s up to you. Some won’t do them. I do, but I grew up with them. Go make some money. Repeat. :grinning:


#3

I would highly suggest good business cards and if you’re in your car have door magnets made for your vehicle (They run around $60 for the pair) I really wish I had done that sooner. Also, get a website made, and for 90 bucks during a sale you can get your domain for a year and all the wix goodies for a year. Here’s what mine looks like ikesww.com . Also, one of the best things you can do is be personable and always the customer is right. Make sure they know you stand by your work, and if you mess up a window fix it for free no matter what. Don’t do what I did and tell your customers how unsure you are about what you do, act confident, dress well (at least wear a polo or something that says “this is my profession”) and just put everything you can to do your best. I did nothing but straight pulls for my first two years in business, only started fanning a month or two ago. Perfect what you can, choose your own method and own that method. I am not an “experienced” window cleaner yet, but I have learned a ton the last two years. Hope that helps! You can do it!


#4

Thanks for the advice guys!! And Ike your website looks awesome!!


#5

Haha! of course! Thanks! That’s the power of Wix! :wink: #notasponsor


#6

Has the website help bring you business?


#7

I’ve had my proper domain for about 2 weeks now, and I got one job from that that is a lady who lives in a elderly group of homes called Northridge villiage, it is a little area with a bunch of split homes all elderly people and lots of windows, so I am going to kind of be their window washer. That’s the first and only lead so far, but like I said, hardly had it up and running yet and there is still a foot of snow where I’m at. You can have the wixsite without your own domain, it will be wix.site.username.come/home, but it functions as normal, just clunky. So you can build your site for free, set it all up, and THEN decide whether or not you want to upgrade it or keep it the way it is. :slight_smile:


#8

When I 1st started my business I already had a few years experience working for another company. Starting the business was easier to focus on the business end since I already had the window cleaning experience.

One recommendation would be soon as you get efficient with your dominant hand you need to work on the other one also.

Pole worh work using traditional tools is extremely helpful to work around obstacles without having to move everything in your way.

I’ve had guys with 2-3 years experience start working and unable to use a pole, it puts you at a disadvantage.


#9

Man,we also just opened for business this year.We’ve done a few big high end homes and my god it took forever to complete.Very dirty Windows…really need to look at our prices.
Customers have been fantastic but taking way to long.


#10

This is excellent advice.


#11

Congrats on your first residential customer Robert!


#12

How’s it going Bobby?


#13

There is nothing wrong with saying this is way out of my league. I’m going to pass on this one.
Keep cleaning ones you feel comfortable wiTh till you get comfortable.
As a new guy when you get to some of these Holmes with all the crazy ladder work it could be a little over Welming , so just be honest and tell them I jace to pass.
They’ll respect it !
An yes I like what love glass says. One window at a time. Don’t let a lot of windows get you nervous.


#14

I stunk. Still do.

Yep. Day 1.

You’ll be fine.


#15

Just one thing to keep in mind. I tell my daughter a variation of this all the time.
If you show up on time or a little early, are neat and polite, and work hard you are ahead of 75% of the competition. I will add to that answer your phone and you are ahead of another 10%.

Cleaning windows is really easy. If it is clean, no smudges or streaks and you are a window cleaner.

When you go in a house wear shoe covers, put down a towel where you are working and bring in small drop cloths for furniture, rugs, putting screens on, etc.

Be neat and take the time to pay attention to detail. Customers will love you and your business will grow. Congrats on the new venture. You’ll love it.

Joe


#16

Didn’t notice the date not he original post :joy:

Oh well, still applies


#17

I was so bad, thinking back to it makes me cringe.

Bro I think that’s all of us starting out. If something is underbid, I would think of it as myself paying for experience that I can gain and utilize in no other way. Or I’d think of the stupid amounts of student loan debts my friends had from going to college and would dream about where I’d be at in 4 years.

I started out knocking on doors. It helped that I was 17, because more people had sympathy for me as a young pip-squeak. Through all of the rejection I learned to not trust in the money I got, or the number of customers gained because it was a roller coaster especially as a young immature kid. I learned to trust in Jesus as my provider and to seek him as my provider. Nonetheless, I learned a LOT going door to door. I didn’t like it, and got nervous, but the rejection started to roll off after a while and I think it helped with my social skills under stressful impromptu situations. I haven’t gone residential in-person cold calling for 3 years.