Firstly thank you to everyone on this site I have read over 10k posts and continue to learn here everyday. Best thing I ever did for my small business was to join this forum.
A bit of background.
I have a small home service business with commercial mowers and some good equipment to do spring/fall clean ups. mulch, trimming and all the outdoor maintenance stuff such as gutters and windows.
I got into this business as my father was very sick, ( has passed now ), leaving my mother with the house at 79 years old. She says to me, " I want to stay in the house as long as possible and it’s less expensive to have someone do all the work around here than move to a retirement home, I don’t want to be on a ladder cleaning windows at 79 years old."
Thought this was a great idea and very needed service… Started the business.
This is now year 3 full time - I used to manage a restaurant.
I was only able to concentrate on marketing the windows part time as I was trying to build the mowing route and customer base. ( recurring revenue )
This year I will have 2 guys full time to work that part of the business, now i will have more time, and a bit of money coming in, it’s time to expand the window side of things.
I do only residential part time and was able to do about 75 jobs last year and have now picked up 2 commercial accounts in and out once a month.
This years plan is to devote much more time to developing the business into a full time hours.
I want to really start some sort of commercial sales, a small storefront route, and of course grow the residential side.
Thinking about adding a few more services to cast a wider net.
I would like to do screen repair and add pressure washing to this years business plan.
I have been reading many posts here, as well as have joined the pwra forum and have started reading there as well.
Still very new, but learning…
I am running the window business out of a Dodge ram mini van that was an old Bell Canada,got some shelves and a ladder rack.
My problem is space…wish I bought a bigger van, but I got what I got.
Water fed poles, my RO/DI cart, vacuum, Trad gear. etc.
Did anybody start house washing with a small pressure washer and push it around?
I found this Yamaha PW4040 4000psi 4GPM that the handle folds down for about 1500 Canadian $$$ or 1100$ U.S.
Do you think I’m wasting my money and should get a small trailer and a better PW?
I fell like the business will really grow this year as I will now have time to sell, sell. sell, and not be stuck on the mower all day.
Bought a lot of equipment last year and reinvested into the business so I kinda wanted to stay with a small equipment budget for this year, and put some money back into the bank.
Like the book reads…
Bullets before cannonballs!
Any input would be great.