Hi guys, my name is Jordan Harper and Im a 20 year old guy who loves to ride his bike year round, all year in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. i have over 2 years experience cleaning windows.i have been creeping this site for a long time and thought i would join and introduce myself.
My new business im starting is called ‘Shine Right Through Windows’ and its gonna be based by bicycle. This has been an idea that has been in the works and on my mind since February 2018, but with me going to school full time, having a wife and child, and just having life in the way, starting it has been a rugged road. i have been inspired by the many other windows cleaners out there and here that have built up their businesses on a bike and i want to hop on the band wagon.
I have slowly been saving up money to start this business but with limited funds it definitely was not an easy task. Almost everything i have except for my tools, i had bought second hand online.
I use a 17FT Feather-lite combination ladder with a wall standoff, which allows me to reach most 2nd floor windows safely and effectively. This ladder also serves as a 8 FT A-frame ladder for high first floor windows and windows above doorways. The ladder then folds down to 4 feet for easy transport. I had bought the ladder for 60 bucks off some guy online and found out later that the value is well over $300 dollars new.
I almost have everything i need to start my business but im missing business cards. i went out one day last week for about 5 hours and attempted to get jobs just by word of mouth and smooth talk, but i learned that having a business without business cards to give is ineffective. i scored one job however and charged 20 bucks for an exterior clean, 3 big glass panes and an extended doorway. The windows were terrible at the place and the owner seemed to be thrilled with my work i was doing on the outside and asked me if i could do the inside too. i charged the same for the inside i i was up and out of there in 30 minutes. Proud of myself for scoring my first job but i definitely got bigger plans for myself. Starting off this will be a part time gig while im working for another company cleaning windows, with the plan of growing my income and getting jobs.
Thanks for reading